Magma, Zyvex Instruments Team on Failure Analysis for Sub-100-nm ICs

Magma(r) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced a new technology OEM partnership with Zyvex Instruments to provide faster, more accurate failure analysis for sub-100-nanometer (nm) ICs. Under the terms of the agreement, Zyvex will include Magma’s Knights Camelot(tm) CAD navigation software as a standard option to its flagship nanoprobing system, the nProber(tm). Zyvex selected Camelot as its CAD navigation tool of choice because of its robust, feature-rich functionality and dominant market presence.

The Zyvex nProber is designed and optimized to electrically probe sub-100-nm features on semiconductor devices with increased throughput and ease of use. Camelot works seamlessly with Zyvex’s tool, creating layout views from GDSII or Oasis files, overlaying images on layouts and driving the tool to very accurate X, Y coordinates for device probing and debug. This joint Magma and Zyvex solution allows semiconductor lab and fab analysis teams to more quickly and easily locate potential defects and make corrections faster.

“As semiconductor customers’ process technologies shrink, IC design and manufacturing challenges become more complicated, time-consuming and costly,” said Randy Schussler, general manager of Zyvex Instruments. “By providing our customers with Camelot CAD Navigation Software, we can offer them more accurate, higher-throughput and cost-efficient failure analysis solutions.”

“Zyvex is the industry leader in nanoprobing technology,” said Ankush Oberai, vice president of Magma’s Fab Analysis Business Unit. “The combination of NanoWorks(r) and Camelot makes failure analysis a greater competitive advantage for our mutual customers.”

Camelot: Industry Standard for Failure Analysis
Magma’s Camelot software system is the next-generation CAD navigation standard for failure analysis, design-debug and yield improvement analysis. Camelot optimizes the equipment and personnel resources of design and semiconductor failure analysis labs by providing computer interfaces and navigation capabilities for more than 50 different types of analysis and test equipment. Its application tools, features, options and networking capability provide a complete, integrated system for fast and efficient investigation and resolution of inspection, test and analysis jobs. Camelot also enables closer collaboration between product and design groups with failure analysis labs, thus dramatically improving time to yield and market.

About Zyvex Instruments
Zyvex Instruments offers a suite of nanoprobing characterization solutions for the semiconductor industry and advanced research markets. The Zyvex Applications Group works closely with customers and product development to provide custom software, integrated solutions, advanced applications, and customer support. Complete system solutions are based on our deep understanding of the challenges faced by applications of nanoscale characterization. Our vision is to help our customers understand the world at a different scale — and unlock new technologies for the future.

About Magma
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 Camelot and “Design Ahead of the Curve” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. NanoWorks is a registered trademark and nProber is a trademark of Zyvex Instruments.