Goyatek Succeeds with .13-Micron ISSI Design with Magma Blast

5/27/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Goyatek Technology Inc., a leading provider of ASIC design services headquartered in Taiwan, has implemented the first 0.13-micron system-on-chip (SoC) design in the greater China region using Blast FusionTM and Blast NoiseTM. The Embedded CAM SoC, used in networking, was designed for Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., (ISSI) a provider of high-performance memory semiconductors. The design was delivered on schedule in just four weeks and included logic, embedded memory, design-for-test (DFT), and both standard and special I/Os.

Goyatek was also the first to deliver 0.25- and 0.18-micron designs in the greater China region. With the completion of this 0.13-micron SoC project, Goyatek maintains its leadership position in the Taiwan design service community.

The Embedded CAM SoC is the first deliverable in the joint CAM IP partnership between ISSI and Goyatek. The design supports ISSI's Embedded Search IP product line and utilizes a fine-grain CAMTileTM approach, achieving unprecedented flexibility and performance in networking applications.

"Because this was a 0.13-micron design, new electrical effects that didn't occur in larger process technologies had to be addressed," said Chris Wu, senior director of ISSI. "We were concerned that these effects might delay the delivery of the design, but with Magma's Blast Fusion and Blast Noise Goyatek was able to achieve timing closure faster than in previous projects. We're very impressed with Magma's integrated approach to physical design and signal integrity management."

"Magma provided all the capabilities we needed to achieve design success," said Ni Sung, senior director of Goyatek. "Magma tools enabled us to analyze and correct IR drop, crosstalk noise and crosstalk delay, keep voltage drop within a safe margin, meet timing and TSMC 0.13-micron design rule specifications, and to deliver a DRC/LVS-clean design on schedule."

"The Embedded CAM SoC was a very interesting and challenging design, and our application engineers in Taiwan worked very closely with the Goyatek team," said Nitin Deo, vice president of business development for Magma. "We are very pleased Goyatek was able to leverage our technology and real-time technical support for the success of this advanced design."

About Goyatek
Goyatek Technology Inc. was founded in 1998. As a member of the design center alliance of TSMC, Goyatek offers a full spectrum SoC design services to TSMC's customers and electronics companies including RTL sign-off, place and route, SoC integration, DFT, ASIC turnkey production and IP services. Goyatek passed the certification of ISO 9001:2000 in May 2001. Through an alliance with MOSIS, a leading Multi-project Wafer (MPW) service partner, Goyatek provides stable, reliable and cost-effective MPW solutions. Goyatek provides quality services to its customers with add-on value in circuit design, IP development service, ASIC service, turnkey service, and time-to-market production control. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan with worldwide offices in San Jose and Shanghai, Goyatek has approximately 100 employees. For more information, please visit Goyatek's web site at www.goya.com.tw.

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 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, Blast Rail, and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation.

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