Magma, SMIC Release Validated RTL-to-GDSII Reference Flow

10/10/2003 - Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), the largest foundry and ASIC design services provider in China, released a validated reference flow that incorporates the Magma integrated circuit (IC) implementation solution. This reference flow was developed and validated using SMIC's 0.18-micron process technology using two system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Support for other SMIC process technologies will be developed based on customer demand. By partnering with Magma, SMIC expands its ability to serve the high-end, high-margin IC market. Mutual customers can download the complete foundry design kit from either company's website.

"With a fast-growing customer base, SMIC is working to provide the support needed to address today's deep-submicron design challenges," said James Sung, vice president of marketing and sales at SMIC. "The SMIC-Magma reference flow will allow our mutual customers to deliver the highest possible quality of results while minimizing the design and manufacturing cycle."

"We're pleased to partner with SMIC on this reference flow," said Lung Chu, vice president of Asia-Pacific Operations for Magma. "I believe it will help our mutual customers achieve their area, timing, power, performance, manufacturability and reliability goals. This partnership, along with the technical support we are able to provide through our offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, allows Magma to better support its customers in China."

About the SMIC-Magma Reference Flow
The SMIC-Magma Reference Flow is a comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII flow for a 0.18-micron process technology. Included in the foundry design kit are a summary document describing the flow, run scripts, a tutorial design, design rule volcano and test case results. This reference flow deploys the Magma Blast CreateTM and Blast FusionTM solutions, which allow designers to quickly complete the design implementation while addressing signal and power integrity issues throughout the flow. This enables SMIC's customers to deliver high-quality results in terms of timing, area, power, signal integrity, manufacturability and reliability while minimizing the design cycle.

About SMIC
SMIC is the first pure-play advanced IC foundry in China to achieve volume production for 8-inch wafers at 0.25 micron and finer line technologies. Established in April 2000, SMIC is a Cayman Islands company based in Shanghai. The foundry provides customers with a full range of services that include design services, mask manufacturing, wafer fabrication as well as testing capabilities. For more information, please visit

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM, 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 CreateTM, Blast FusionTM, Blast Fusion APXTM, Blast PlanTM and Blast NoiseTM products utilize Magma's patented FixedTimingTM 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 also provides the PALACETM and ArchEvaluator advanced physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs). The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma, Blast Fusion, Blast Noise and FixedTiming are registered trademarks, and ArchEvaluator, Blast Create, Blast Fusion APX, Blast Plan, Blast Rail, PALACE and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation.

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