Magma(r) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced next-generation versions of its Knights LogicMap and IntensityMap software that enable faster, more accurate semiconductor device failure analysis and debug for logic devices. The enhanced products offer major improvements in how net failures can be correlated to inline defect data (random defects) and failed net frequency (systematic defects).
LogicMap enables logical nets to be translated and normalized into physical coordinates, facilitating correlation of failed nets with any fab inline data. By stacking the results of multiple failed nets from multiple die of the same product and color coding them by frequency, engineers can now identify systematic failure hot spots and focus analysis efforts on these areas.
New, interactive cross-mapping of IntensityMap results with Camelot CAD navigation provides faster, more accurate closed-loop analysis and debug. Validated failed nets can be cross-mapped to layout-vs.- schematic results, and then Camelot tool drivers can drive failure analysis equipment to exact physical coordinates of the failed nets for quicker device debugging. With these improvements IntensityMap accelerates device debugging and turnaround for design optimization.
“The faster the root cause of any chip failure can be identified, the sooner chips can go into full production,” said Ankush Oberai, vice president of Magma’s Fab Analysis Business Unit. “With LogicMap and IntensityMap, engineers can more quickly and confidently identify the suspect process step using inline defect data and drastically lower the need for physical failure analysis, shortening the failure analysis process and significantly reducing costs.”
Next-Generation LogicMap and IntensityMap: Improved Automation, Accuracy and Flexibility
In addition to improving correlation of net failures to inline defect data and cross-mapping to Camelot, LogicMap and IntensityMap enhancements include:
- Port to Linux, enabling engineers to use higher performance, lower cost hardware
- Simplified data inputs for improved automation and data accuracy
- IntensityMap support for zonal analysis and cross mapping with the industry-standard Camelot CAD navigation system improves accuracy and analysis flexibility
- ATPG support expanded for all primary fault diagnostic tools, including Fastscan, Tetramax, Encounter Diagnostics, TestCompress and Yield Assist. This allows feedback into the implementation flow for device optimization, tying design to lab to fab and providing true design for manufacturability
Magma’s software for designing integrated circuits (ICs) is used to create complex, high-performance chips required in cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma’s EDA software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, enabling the world’s top chip companies to “Design Ahead of the Curve”(tm) while reducing design time and costs. Magma is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices around the world. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA.
Magma is a registered trademark and “Design Ahead of the Curve” is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc.