10/20/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and Veritools, a leading provider of debug solutions, announced integration of Veritools' flagship Undertow toolset with Magma's Blast CreateTM synthesis solution. Blast Create and Undertow users now have a seamless RTL-to-placed-gates design flow that includes cross-probing and interactive debugging capabilities for very large and complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The combination of Magma and Veritools technology allows designers to find errors in the design intent within the RTL code or timing constraints using familiar techniques such as cross-probing HDL source code, gate-level schematics, block diagrams, state machine diagrams and waveforms.
"Many of our Undertow customers are beginning to use Magma's powerful RTL synthesis solution," said Robert Schoppmeyer, president and CEO at Veritools. "These users go back and forth between writing Verilog or VHDL code, timing constraints, functional verification and RTL synthesis. A familiar debug environment they have been using for functional verification now helps them analyze the netlist created through Blast Create and cross-probe it to HDL code. With its easily accessible unified data model, it took us less than one month to integrate Undertow with Blast Create."
"We are very pleased with the ease in which Undertow was integrated with Blast Create. This demonstrates how Magma's open data model makes it easy for our users to add existing tools to their design flow," said Yatin Trivedi, director of product marketing at Magma. "Just as we have brought traditionally separate logic designers and physical designers together through our integrated RTL-to-GDSII flow, Undertow integration brings functional verification and design engineers under one familiar debug 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 Veritools Inc.
Veritools is an EDA company in the United States that designs and sells the very popular and widely used Undertow and Undertow Suite software that provides waveform viewing of almost all analog and digital simulators and source code debugging of Verilog, VHDL and System C.
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 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 www.magma-da.com.
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. Broadcom is a trademark of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries.
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