Magma Announces Program To Pre-Qualify Libraries For Logic, Timing, Physical And Electrical Views, Maximizing Quality of Results For COT Designs

7/12/2002 - Magma Design Automation Inc., (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, today formalized a program to pre-qualify libraries for customer-owned tooling (COT) flows based on Magma's integrated circuit (IC) implementation system. With its FixedTiming® methodology, gain-based synthesis and unified data model architecture, only Magma's IC implementation system can leverage the pre-qualified libraries to deliver significantly improved performance. Magma has been working for years with leading library vendors and foundries to analyze and optimize libraries to maximize the quality of design results and minimize the design closure cycle for Magma users. As a result of these efforts, Magma has developed a comprehensive qualification process that includes generation and verification of parasitic, design, antenna and electromigration rules as well as routability analysis. Through this qualification process Magma ensures that libraries are complete, include correct design rules and are ready for immediate use in the Magma flow.

Dolphin Technology, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) blocks that include embedded memory and memory compiler products, high performance and standard IOs and high-performance standard cell libraries, is the most recent partner to benefit from Magma's library qualification process. Dolphin's 0.13-micron library targeted to a leading foundry process is available now.

"At Dolphin Technology, we put considerable effort into optimizing each cell for density and performance in order to improve our customers' wafer yield and overall SoC cost," said Mo Tamjidi, president of Dolphin Technology. "Our work with Magma to pre-qualify our libraries for their flow demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality, high-performance, high-speed, fab-verified Semiconductor IP in a fraction of the time and cost of in-house development. Magma's integrated IC implementation solutions and our libraries provide a powerful solution to our mutual customers."

"Magma recognized the need for pre-qualified libraries when most designs were at 0.25 micron. With designs quickly moving to 0.13 micron and smaller process geometries, signal integrity and other electrical effects are emerging as major design challenges," said Nitin Deo, vice president of business development at Magma. "Magma's integrated IC prototyping, implementation and verification systems are designed to comprehend and address these challenges. With the detailed information provided by the enhanced characterization of the libraries, Magma's systems have many more optimization options and can achieve complete design closure faster. We're very pleased Dolphin Technology has worked with us to provide our mutual customers with a pre-qualified library."

Magma's Integrated System Leverages Enhanced Libraries to Improve Quality of Results
Unlike conventional flows, Magma systems use gain-based synthesis. This approach provides an order of magnitude improvement in capacity and run time over conventional logic synthesis systems. Gain-based synthesis along with Magma's FixedTiming® methodology ensure that each cell is sized according to the actual wireload, resulting in electrically well-balanced logic with better physical implementation. This methodology has been proven by numerous customers to deliver extremely power-efficient designs while meeting timing and signal integrity constraints. Traditional synthesis and place & route methods fix the size of the cell prior to determining the wire load. This often results in the use of under-sized cells, making it difficult to achieve timing closure, or over-sized cells, which increase the power consumption of the design and create signal integrity violations such as crosstalk and electromigration. To correct these problems in a traditional flow, designers must iterate between layout and synthesis.

In addition to providing an advanced methodology, Magma's system eliminates iterations. Unlike traditional point tool flows, Magma's system has a single, unified data model architecture. This data model makes all the design's logical, timing, electrical and physical views continually accessible to the various functional elements such as the implementation engines for synthesis, placement and routing, and the analysis engines for timing, parasitic extraction and signal integrity. With this foundation, a pre-qualified library that has several drive strengths with enough granularity and simple functions, as well as correlated physical and electrical views, enhances the ability of Magma's system to fully exploit a broad range of optimization capabilities. This tight integration and the pre-qualified libraries allow more accurate analysis of the design, and enable the system to make rapid tradeoff decisions during the design process to optimize for better chip performance, area and power.

Magma Pre-Qualified Library Program
Magma works closely with library and foundry vendors to ensure availability of complete libraries that contain the correct design rules for each foundry process. Magma performs gain analysis of the library to make sure it offers the necessary range of cell sizes. Routability and electrical effects are also analyzed and detailed reports are generated. Magma provides these reports along with recommendations for library enhancements to the library provider and the foundry. These reports are also available to customers of the library providers and Magma.

Several high-demand 0.25-, 0.18- and 0.13-micron libraries targeted to leading foundries are now available from Artisan, Faraday and Dolphin Technology. Additional libraries will be made available later this year.

About Dolphin Technology
Dolphin Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of high performance Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) blocks that include embedded memory and memory compiler products, high performance and standard IOs and high performance standard cell libraries. Advanced design technology incorporated into Dolphin's SIP blocks enable System-on-Chip designs to achieve faster clock rates, smaller die size and reduced manufacturing cost. For more information about Dolphin and its products, please visit

About Magma
Magma software products enable chip designers to reduce the time required to design and produce complex integrated circuits in the communications, computing, consumer electronics, networking and semiconductor industries. Magma provides a single executable for RTL-to-GDSII chip design. The company's products, Blast Fusion™, Blast Chip™, Blast Plan™ and Blast Noise™, 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 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.; Laurys Station, Pa.; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Newcastle, Wash.; and in Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma, Blast Chip and FixedTiming are registered trademarks and Blast Fusion, Blast Noise, Blast Plan, Blast Prototype and Diamond SI are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. All other product and company names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements about the benefits of Magma's library qualification process, that additional libraries will be available later this year and about the features and benefits of Magma's system, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the ability of Magma and library providers to continue to pre-qualify libraries, the ability of Magma's products to produce the desired results and Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on June 28, 2002, and from time to time in Magma's SEC reports. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Magma disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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