WIS Tech Develops 5M Gate, 0.18 Video Compression Chip with Magma Tools

5/13/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that WIS Technologies Inc., a leading provider of multimedia hardware and software solutions, has achieved single-pass design closure on a 5-million-gate, 100 MHz, 0.18 -micron video compression chip using Blast FusionTM and Blast RailTM. With Magma's integrated physical and rail design technology, WIS was able to tapeout the design in just 2 weeks with no iterations.

"We had some challenges in implementing the rail design for this chip because of the utilization and die area requirements," said Phil Brennan, vice president of operations at WIS Technologies. "The last thing we wanted to do was have to cobble together a bunch of point tools to try to address these challenges. With Blast Fusion and Blast Rail we were able to perform physical design and power planning, power analysis, voltage drop analysis, voltage-drop-induced delay analysis and analysis of electromigration on rail wires and vias using a single executable. Having all these capabilities in an integrated system saved us a significant amount of time and delivered great results."

"As process technologies shrink, managing power, timing, area, and signal integrity is becoming an even bigger challenge," said Sameer Patel, product marketing director at Magma. "The success of WIS technologies illustrates well how Magma's integrated approach enables accurate analysis and management of power integrity throughout the physical design flow."

Added Mr. Brennan, "Blast Rail provided a quick what-if analysis to design an efficient power mesh allowing us to achieve our die size target. Voltage drop analysis during the implementation phase reduced post-route iterations substantially. These capabilities were key to our design success."

About WIS Technologies
Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of highly integrated hardware, software solutions for multimedia communications over wired or wireless broadband infrastructures. WIS Technologies' suite of multimedia tools include solutions for MPEG video encoding, MP3 audio encoding, JPEG 2000, and still image. WIS Technologies is currently developing SoC (Systems on Chip) silicon for video, audio and voice compression, image understanding, and speech recognition. These innovative semiconductor solutions are designed to provide exceptionally affordable, high quality, digital audio and video products for delivering multimedia content over IP using wired and wireless broadband networks.

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 maintains headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as facilities in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C.; 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 www.magma-da.com.

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

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