Magma Connects with Agere Systems to Deliver High-performance Computer Connectivity Systems on a Chip

1/31/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR.A, AGR.B) has used Magma's Blast Fusion and Blast Noise design tools to develop a multimillion-gate custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for computer connectivity applications. Magma's integrated implementation system helped Agere to eliminate a number of challenges that can arise in semiconductor development, including timing closure, routing congestion and numerous costly iterations.

"Our ability to minimize development costs and achieve performance goals is now more important than ever," said John Harrington, director of Computing Connectivity Silicon Product Development at Agere. "The powerful timing and routing capabilities of Magma's tools enabled us to reduce development costs and quickly deliver a chip that met our customers' performance requirements."

"As a leading provider of application specific ICs, Agere Systems' designs are some of the most challenging," said Rajeev Madhavan, chairman and CEO of Magma Design Automation. "We're very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Agere to address these design requirements."

Blast Fusion Eliminates Problems Early, Avoiding Costly Iterations Later
The Blast Fusion physical design system is based on the patent-pending FixedTimingTM methodology and gain-based synthesis. This approach enables Blast Fusion to accurately analyze and predict circuit speeds prior to detailed physical design. The systems then use a series of design refinements during physical design to achieve a final timing that is very close to the predicted circuit speed. The system also allows designers to generate gain or timing reports shortly after inputting the netlists, which helps identify problem paths early and allows designers to make necessary adjustments. With predictable timing results, iterations can be eliminated and time to market can be significantly improved.

Another unique advantage of Blast Fusion is that it includes tools for quickly performing functional engineering change orders (ECOs) without using multiple file interchanges with multiple tools. Because of Blast Fusion's tight correlation with the proprietary sign-off tools, overall turnaround time was improved.

Blast Noise Automatically Avoids Signaling Violations
Blast Noise provides designers with an automatic analyze, avoid and adjust methodology to address crosstalk noise, crosstalk delay and signal electro-migration (EM) problems during the design implementation phase. With Blast Noise, timing and routing violations are avoided by reordering the track routes based on overlapping victim and aggressor net timing windows. Wide space routing, buffering and sizing, and shielding are also used to eliminate these problems. In this way, Magma's analysis and implementation engines work concurrently with the FixedTiming methodology to eliminate signaling problems, while at the same time maintaining optimal timing.

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM to enable 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 Fusion APXTM, Blast PlanTM, Blast Noise® and Blast RTLTM 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 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 Canada, China, France, Germany, India, 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 Noise and FixedTiming are registered trademarks and Blast Fusion, Blast Fusion APX, Blast Plan and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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