Texas Instruments Uses Blast Fusion to Deliver 5.5-million-gate ASIC

10/25/2002 - Magma® Design Automation, a provider of full-chip design solutions, announced that Magma's Blast FusionTM was successfully used by Texas Instruments (TI) to implement a complex, large, high-performance ASIC. This 5.5 million gate, 10.3 Mbits of SRAM, 312 MHz ASIC was implemented in TI's 130nm technology. All 11 blocks as well as the top-level design (each operating at 312 MHz) were implemented using Magma's Blast Fusion, and first-pass silicon success was achieved.

"Magma's integrated design approach offers significant improvement in quality of results and design flow management over a point-tool flow," said Harold Nelson, ASIC design manager at Texas Instruments. "Magma's Blast Fusion allowed us to address multiple parameters of design closure within its unique single system. By providing a complete physical design solution - optimization, CTS, placement, routing, signal integrity, extraction, delay calculation and timing analysis - in a single system, Blast Fusion allowed us to complete the design with fewer engineers and in sharply reduced cycle time. We were very effective in addressing the unique challenges of the design because of the ability Blast Fusion offers to easily customize the design flow while still providing ease of use and throughput advantages of the highly integrated environment."

"Predictable design execution is critical to our customers' success. As our customers' designs continue to get ever more aggressive in complexity, size and performance, Magma's technology continues to deliver superior results," commented Steve Sutton, vice president, Texas Instruments, ASIC. "Blast Fusion is a premier capability in our Pyramid ASIC design flow."

"We're obviously very happy that Magma's solution could provide such significant benefit - dramatically better results while significantly saving design cycle time," said Rajeev Madhavan, CEO of Magma Design Automation. "Enabling predictable design execution of fast chips with high utilization is critical to ASIC success. Now that Blast Fusion is part of TI's recommended flow for ASIC designs, we look forward to continuing to contribute to their design successes."

About Magma
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, enabling chip designers to reduce the time required to produce complex ICs. Magma's products for prototyping, synthesis, and place & route provide a single executable for RTL-to-GDSII chip design. The company's Blast FusionTM, Blast Chip®, Blast PlanTM, Blast Noise® and Blast PrototypeTM products utilize Magma's proprietary FixedTiming® methodology and single data model architecture to reduce the timing-closure iterations often required between the logic and physical processes in conventional IC design flows. Magma's Diamond SITM also leverages the single data model architecture to provide an integrated, standalone platform for post-layout, sign-off-quality signal integrity verification.

Magma maintains headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as sales and support facilities in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C.; Allentown, Pa.; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Newcastle, Wash.; and in Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA.

Magma, Blast Chip, Blast Noise and FixedTiming are registered trademarks and Blast Fusion, Blast Plan, Blast Prototype and Diamond SI are trademarks of Magma Design Automation.

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