Magma Gains 3D Field Solver by Acquiring Random Logic

10/21/2003 - Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and Random Logic Corporation, developer of the parasitic extraction software product QuickCap®, announced that Magma has acquired Random Logic by merger. The transaction will combine QuickCap, widely regarded as the industry-standard 3D field solver, with Magma's highly accurate extraction technology for 2.5D (which examines capacitance between layers of metal in multi-metal semiconductor processes). The acquisition also enables Magma to provide accuracy levels not available in integrated circuit (IC) design flows today.

"Random Logic's technology will bring two key benefits to Magma," said Rajeev Madhavan, chairman and CEO of Magma. "First, it will reduce resistance and capacitance (RC) extraction correlation efforts significantly in the short term, and over time it will eliminate the need for RC extraction correlation completely. Second, it will reduce the turnaround time required for generation of RC rule decks. Random Logic's QuickCap is widely recognized as the 'gold standard' of parasitic extraction. With the addition of QuickCap to the Magma design flow we can now offer a fully integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow with golden signoff. Random Logic's technology enhancements will provide the infrastructure for Magma's RTL-to-GDSII flows and will also continue to provide value to other extraction tools via the QuickCap APIs that exist today."

QuickCap is the industry-standard 3D capacitance extractor for integrated circuits. Most of the world's major silicon manufacturers consider QuickCap the standard-setter for accuracy in parasitic extraction, and major electronic design automation (EDA) vendors correlate to QuickCap and use it for library generation as well as final design correlation.

"QuickCap has proven to be a fast, accurate and robust solution," said Ralph Iverson, vice president and director of Research and Development for Random Logic Corporation. "QuickCap's capabilities include self capacitance, coupling capacitance, distributed capacitance, Manhattan and non-Manhattan structures, exclusion of device capacitance, 2D and 3D calculations, and multiple conformal and planar dielectrics. Combining QuickCap and parallel distributed operations with Magma's 2.5D algorithms will provide a unique signoff analysis flow with optimal accuracy-speed tradeoff for IC designers.

"Years of interaction between Random Logic and IC designers have led to a close link between the needs of the IC design/analysis communities and the functionality of QuickCap," Iverson added. "Combining QuickCap with the Magma design flow - which many regard as the best technology for 0.13-micron designs and smaller - will provide a signoff solution, thanks to a high level of accuracy."

Magma intends to continue support for all other EDA flows that use QuickCap. The enhancements made will be part of the solutions that will help create libraries, models and accurate silicon correlation for the EDA industry.

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 Noise®, Blast PlanTM and Blast RailTM 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 Create, Blast Fusion APX, Blast Plan, Blast Rail, PALACE and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. QuickCap is a registered trademark of Random Logic Corporation.

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