Si2 Members to Demonstrate at Design Automation Conference

Seven companies and organizations will be demonstrating their Si2 project-based products and solutions in the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) Booth #1614 at the Design Automation Conference on June 9-12, in Anaheim, CA. The Annual Si2 Member/Guest Meeting will be held on June 9, 2008 from 6-8:00 PM in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room #304B, Anaheim, CA. You do not have to be a member to attend the meeting.

AnaGlobe Technology: will demonstrate their OpenAccess-based integrated solution, customizable framework, supporting three scripting languages: TCL, Perl, and Python. It includes a high productivity layout platform compatible with Virtuoso 6.x as well as Calibre link. An OpenAccess-based layout editor assists APR tools in post-layout. It also includes a constraint-based OA Pcell mechanism that is customized for test chip structure generator and automatic panel layout generator. It is a production solution proven by IC foundries, IC design houses, and flat panel makers.

Analog Rails: will demonstrate analog IC design semi-automation with a fully featured schematic and mixed signal simulation, optimization, and layout environment. Analog layouts can be generated on the fly providing instantaneous parasitic backannotation. It contains a powerful layout editor and automatic router. A single database allows crossprobing between waveform, schematic, and layout editor. It is also DRC/LVS correct by construction. Rulers not needed. Devices automatically snap and align, taking into account design rules and connectivity from the schematic. The simulation environment handles multiple testbenches and simulators, and Veritools digital simulation diagnostics.

Artwork Conversion: will demonstrate two Open Access based products – Qckvu3, a high performance layout viewer that can be used as-is or customized to work with other Open Access applications and oaBool, a plug-in boolean engine which performs XOR, AND, MINUS, OR and Sizing operations. The boolean plug-in inherits its class from OA’s Region Query making it very easy to add to any application.

Cadence Design Systems: will discuss their products and industry ecosystem support of CPF 1.0. Cadence’s comprehensive low-power solution leverages CPF 1.0 to provide a holistic and scalable solution to the electronics industry, allowing designers to incorporate advanced low-power design techniques in their production designs under aggressive design schedules. To demonstrate the broad support for CPF in the ecosystem, Cadence will preview highlights of user experiences using CPF-based design flows that are published in the Power Forward Initiative’s ( on-line Practical Guide to Low-Power Design with CPF – User Experience with CPF.

Fenix-DA: will demonstrate it’s Crossfire product which offers cross-format consistency and integrity checking for cell libraries and IP blocks. Using Crossfire, designers can avoid view-inconsistencies like missing timing arcs or LEF vs. GDS differences. Crossfire supports the design-databases OpenAccess, Cadence CDB and Synopsys’ MilkyWay, description formats like Liberty, Verilog and VHDL and it can read Library and IP datasheets.

OpenAccess Coalition: will demonstrate two Si2-developed debugging tools: Si2oaD will display all OpenAccess Objects, their attributes, and associations, exporting readable XML or active HTML in a GUI. Si2oaD enables visualization of persistent data on disk or in a run-time model. It can be injected into an executable and called from inside a C++ debugger to penetrate class data-hiding with automated model traversal. Si2dff is a new, customizable engine that compares individual Objects or complete Libs reporting the attribute and Object differences between them. Using unique “dff signatures”, Si2dff performs a canonical traversal of all attributes and Objects in two contexts, generating “dff events” for which any number of event handling “reporter” modules can be registered.

Open Modeling Coalition: will demonstrate the Open Model Calculation Interface (OMCI) library. This library will enable a consistent view and use of various models across applications, thus allowing tools in multi-vendor design flows to better correlate with each other. The library leverages the Open Access API and data model and is extensible to allow for a variety of design models such as IEEE 1481 DPCM, Liberty, ECSM and statistical ECSM among others. Detailed descriptions of the architecture, API and the OMCI roadmap will also be available.

Pulsic Limited: will be showcasing the latest version of its flagship product line – Unity – which shall be running directly on Open Access (OA). The demonstration will cover fully integrated hierarchical floorplanning (including critical/global signal management and block & pin placement) with block level implementation (including placement, routing & editing).

About Si2
Si2 is an organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable collaboration through a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 focuses on developing practical technology solutions to industry challenges. Si2 represents nearly 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world.