Apache Qualifies RedHawk Power Sign-off for 65nm Reference Flow

Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in power sign-off and complete silicon integrity platform solutions, announced that Common Platform Technology alliance members – Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., IBM, and Samsung Electronics – have qualified the RedHawk full-chip dynamic power integrity solution for use in 65nm reference flows supporting Common Platform technology. The adoption of RedHawk into the reference flow provides Chartered, IBM and Samsung and their customers, access to an industry-leading power sign-off solution.

“The Common Platform alliance members and Apache have worked together to validate RedHawk’s static and dynamic power analysis results for the Common Platform technology’s 65nm process,” said Dr. Ben Suh, vice president, ASIC/Foundry Business, Samsung Electronics. “Power integrity is an important factor for silicon success, so offering a production-proven solution such as RedHawk into the reference flows for Common Platform technology enables our customers to increase their confidence in the success of their design.”

RedHawk delivers cell-based capacity, performance, and ease-of-use with transistor-level accuracy for power analysis and optimization of today’s most complex, high performance SoC designs including those utilizing advanced low-power design techniques such as MTCMOS and multiple-voltage domains. RedHawk addresses dynamic power issues such as simultaneous switching output (SSO) for core, memory, clock, and I/O, as well as the effects of on-chip inductance, package RLC, and decoupling capacitance. It enables designers to identify dynamic “hot spots”, examine its impact on timing, accurately pinpoint the cause and repair the source of the supply noise, thus allowing designers to reduce cost and improve yield.

“We are pleased to be part of the Common Platform reference flow, enabling us to extend the benefits of our industry leading power sign-off solutions to the Platform customers,” said Dian Yang, vice president of product management at Apache. “By enabling designers to accurately analyze and optimize their design for power, RedHawk helps our mutual customers build designs that meet their stringent power requirement while delivering performance.”

About Apache Design Solutions
Apache delivers the leading power sign-off solution adopted by 80% of top IDMs, fabless semiconductor companies, and foundries, as well as complete platform solution for silicon integrity of SoC, analog-IP, and system designs. Apache’s innovative platform considers all sources of noise that impacts the design–such as power, signal, package / system I/O, substrate, and temperature–Apache’s silicon integrity platform enables designers of leading networking, wireless, communication, consumer, and semiconductor companies to detect, fix, and prevent design weaknesses that can result in reduced yield or failed silicon / system. Apache’s vendor-neutral solutions enable designers to adopt any industry-standard physical design flow and are in production use by over 40 customers worldwide.

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