Laker, NexusRoute Simultaneously Share OpenAccess Run-Time-Model

Pyxis Technology, Inc., an electronic design automation (EDA) company offering high-performance integrated circuit (IC) routing software, and Silicon Canvas, Inc., developer of the Laker(tm) suite of high-performance software for custom IC design, announced the first multi-vendor solution to use the OpenAccess Run-Time-Model (OA-RTM) to enable the simultaneous execution of two commercial tools within the same Unix process. Until now, this type of tight integration was only possible for tools integrated as a proprietary solution from a single vendor. The integration of Pyxis NexusRoute and Silicon Canvas Laker provides the best of both worlds: seamless tool integration and best-in-class point tools.

Pyxis and Silicon Canvas are demonstrating the integration to a live audience at the 12th annual OpenAccess Conference on April 16th, at the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose (http://www.si2.org/?page=934). The demonstration shows the Laker chip layout editing tool being invoked followed by the NexusRoute tool being loaded into the same process. A design is loaded and the demonstration shows how the user can move throughout the design hierarchy making design changes and then incrementally re-routing the design. Because the two tools are literally sharing the same in-memory structures in the same process, all changes made by one tool are instantly recognized by the other tool.

“This is a perfect example of using the full capabilities of OpenAccess to deliver tightly-integrated multi-vendor flows, enabling even greater innovation,” said Steven Schulz, president and CEO of Si2. “The tools are working seamlessly together as if they were one application. The user literally sees a common environment with multiple engines at his disposal.”

“The combination of a high performance yield-aware router with a full-chip editing environment makes for a very powerful chip finishing and design closure solution,” said Phil Bishop, CEO of Pyxis Technology. “The richness of the OpenAccess standard allowed us to integrate these tools within a matter of days and speaks to a whole new level of value users can gain by integrating best-in-class point tools into the leading EDA environments.”

“We are extremely pleased to see the tight integration possible when using the OpenAccess run-time-model,” said Hua-Yung Chen, CEO of Silicon Canvas. “Our customers are looking for a seamless integration of these kinds of capabilities and OpenAccess is making this possible.”

About Silicon Canvas
Silicon Canvas, Inc. is the technology leader for full-custom IC design software. The Company’s Laker schematic, layout, and automated custom layout tools offer the power of controllable automation and unmatched interoperability to deliver best-in-class flows for analog, mixed-signal, and custom digital designs. More than 300 companies worldwide, including 7 of the top 10 semiconductor companies, have chosen Laker, and are adopting it for designs down to 45nm.

About Pyxis
Pyxis Technology delivers software and services to address the problems that chip designers face in the design closure of advanced high performance integrated circuits (ICs) and systems on a chip (SoCs). Pyxis NexusRoute is a high performance, yield-driven IC router, architected for process technologies of 65nm and below. Based on open, industry standard interfaces and easily integrated into existing design flows, NexusRoute simultaneously optimizes runtime, design rule correctness, timing, power and yield. Using NexusRoute, customers have seen as much as a 4X improvement in design closure turnaround time. Pyxis Professional Services help customers maximize design closure performance, yield and manufacturability within their existing design environments.

Silicon Canvas and Laker are registered trademarks of Silicon Canvas, Inc.