SANYO Semiconductor Signs Off with Apache RedHawk

Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in power signoff and silicon integrity platform solutions, announced that SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (SANYO Semiconductor) has adopted RedHawk, Apache’s industry leading full-chip power signoff solution for their most advanced design. As consumers demand more functionality, SANYO Semiconductor recognizes that power integrity is a critical design requirement for their silicon success. SANYO Semiconductor selected RedHawk based on its proven track record for delivering full-chip dynamic power analysis with Spice-level accuracy. By adding RedHawk to their signoff flow, SANYO Semiconductor will be able to identify dynamic “hot spots,” and analyze the impact of power/ground noise on jitter and timing.

“For high volume consumer products, reliability is one of our key design criteria and we are seeing numerous power and noise challenges that impact our designs,” said Dr. Atsushi Kurokawa, manager of Design Engineering Department, Engineering Central Division, LSI Headquarters of SANYO Semiconductor. “RedHawk enables us to quickly identify, analyze, and repair potential power noise issues that can impact our silicon, thus increasing our confidence in tape-out success.”

“We are seeing more and more companies requiring power as one of the silicon signoff criteria and we are pleased to have SANYO Semiconductor place their confidence in our power signoff solution,” said Dian Yang, general manager of Asia at Apache. “The rapid adoption of RedHawk by leading semiconductor companies demonstrates Apache’s commitment to providing the best solution to address our customers critical design challenges.”

About RedHawk
RedHawk is a full-chip Vectorless Dynamic(tm) power integrity solution for power closure sign-off of nanometer SoC designs. RedHawk addresses dynamic power issues such as simultaneous switching output (SSO) for core, memory, clock, and I/O, as well as effects of on-chip inductance, package RLC, and decoupling capacitance. With RedHawk, designers can identify dynamic “hot spots,” examine its impact on timing, accurately pinpoint the cause of dynamic voltage drop, and automatically repair the source of supply noise. RedHawk enables designers to reach power closure sign-off for high performance SoCs, including those utilizing ultra-low-power design techniques such MTCMOS (power-gating), substrate back-biasing, and on-chip LDO voltage regulators.

About Apache Design Solutions
Apache delivers the leading power signoff solution adopted by 80% of the top IDM, fabless semiconductor, and foundries and a complete platform for silicon integrity of low-power, high-performance system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. Apache’s innovative platform considers multiple noise sources that impact the design—such as power, signal, package / system IO, substrate, and temperature—and enables designers to detect, fix, and prevent design weaknesses that can result in reduced yield or failed silicon and/or system. Apache’s vendor-neutral solution supports any industry-standard physical design flow and is certified by TSMC and Common Platform Reference Flows. Apache is a global company with R&D centers and direct sales / support offices worldwide.

About SANYO Semiconductor
SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., develops innovative products, such as resource-saving ultra-small transistors, unique hard-wired logic ICs and thick film ICs, which contribute to the miniaturization and the reduction in power consumption of electronic devices.

Apache Design Solutions, NSPICE, RedHawk, PakSI-E, PsiWinder, Sahara, Sentinel, and Vectorless Dynamic are trademarks of Apache Design Solutions, Inc.