Blast Create Gives QuantumThink RTL-To-GDSII Design Expertise

10/17/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc., a provider of chip design solutions, announced that QuantumThink Group Inc., ("QThink") a leading pure-play design services company, has adopted the Blast CreateTM synthesis solution. QThink now offers customers expertise in Magma's complete RTL-to-GDSII flow.

"The addition of Blast Create into our design tool portfolio furthers our commitment to providing world-class design services using the most advanced EDA solutions," said Charlie Kahle, vice president of engineering at QThink. "We have successfully completed many designs using the Blast FusionTM physical design system and look forward to leveraging Magma's integrated RTL-to-GDSII solution to deliver even more predictable design flows, better results and faster turnaround time."

"As a longtime MagmaTies partner, QThink has significant expertise using our back-end solution," said Yatin Trivedi, director of product marketing at Magma. "With Blast Create, QThink's designers are able to continue using their existing knowledge of RTL coding styles, constraints, design for test (DFT) and physical optimization. As a result, they were able to quickly get up to speed on Blast Create and can now synthesize, place and route large designs using fewer partitions and without leaving the Magma environment."

About Blast Create
Blast Create is an RTL-to-placed-gates system that enables logic designers to synthesize, visualize, evaluate and improve the quality of their RTL code, design constraints, testability requirements and floorplan. Blast Create integrates fast, full-featured, high-capacity logic and physical synthesis capabilities, full and incremental static timing analysis, design for test (DFT) analysis and synthesis, and power analysis. Unlike conventional point-tool front-end flows, Blast Create does not rely on wireload models or inaccurate physical design data. With Blast Create's high capacity and integrated technology, designers can quickly build and analyze a flat, multimillion-gate design. This allows them to identify and fix problems early in the flow, ensuring a clean handoff between the RTL designer and the layout engineer, providing a predictable path to timing closure and accelerating the RTL-to-GDSII design flow. Both Verilog and VHDL hardware definition languages (HDLs) are supported. Blast Create accepts design constraints in SDC format and libraries in .lib format, avoiding the need and cost of adapting Blast Create to existing logic design environments.

About QThink
QThink® designs high-performance chips for leading edge semiconductor companies. QThink offers front-to-back design capabilities, from design spec to GDSII, to companies involved in wired/wireless communications, high-speed networking, multimedia, high-speed computing, medical and military applications. QThink engineers have extensive experience in chip design and flow automation. They have successfully completed many complex multimillion-gate chip designs targeted to multiple deep sub-micron technologies, with current geometries down to 0.13-micron. The company strives to implement the best solution for each customer, utilizing its broad knowledge and experience with numerous leading EDA tools, libraries, and foundry technologies, while its "pure-play" business model protects clients' unique product intellectual property. Visit QThink on the Web at

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 RTLTM, Blast Fusion®, Blast Fusion APXTM, Blast PlanTM and Blast Noise® products utilize Magma's patented 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 also provides PALACETM and ArchEvaluatorTM 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 RTL, Blast Fusion APX, Blast Plan, Blast Rail, "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon", and PALACE are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. QThinkÒ is a registered trademark of QuantumThink Group, Inc.

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