STMicroelectronics adapts Magma’s Blast Create SA
July 28, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsMagma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has successfully implemented a via-programmable embedded structured ASIC platform using Magma’s Blast Create™ SA. The embedded block was implemented in a 110-nanometer (nm) process and will be used to customize functions in multifunction printer applications. With the Magma software’s integrated implementation and excellent correlation, STMicroelectronics’ was able to meet tight timing, area and schedule constraints. As a result of this success, STMicroelectronics is now adopting the Magma flow for all the customizations of its SpearTM Head 200 configurable SoC.
”To meet the demands of the printer market, we need to perform customizations of our configurable SoC in an efficient manner and with a fast turnaround, key factors in this market,” Loris Valenti said, design director, Computer Peripherals Group, STMicroelectronics. “We used the Magma system because it offered several critical capabilities. Blast Create SA’s structure-specific timing optimization allowed us to manage the mapping of the RTL into the programmable logic cells, enabling us to fully leverage the structured ASIC fabric embedded in our SpearTM product, achieve timing and minimize area.”
“We’re very pleased to work with ST on advanced techniques to achieve aggressive design goals while drastically reducing the cost and cycle time for derivative IC products,” says Kam Kittrell general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “The method of mixing metal-programmable logic arrays with conventional standard-cell design is increasingly being used for many high-volume applications and therefore reduces the time to market for the first device and future revisions.”
Magma’s software for integrated circuit (IC) design is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology. The world’s top chip companies use Magma’s EDA software to design and verify complex, high-performance ICs for communications, computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design, and the company’s integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon”™. Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with offices around the world. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.
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