Magma Integrates ALF Standard into Blast Fusion with ASC ALF Parser

5/30/2003 - Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and Alternative System Concepts (ASC) announced that Magma used the ASC ALF parser and API access routines to integrate Accellera's Advanced Library Format (ALF) standard into Magma's Blast FusionTM physical design system. As a result, Magma was able to meet NEC Electronics America, Inc.'s requirement for Magma's IC implementation solution to support the standard.

"We're very pleased that we could help make it possible for NEC Electronics America to take advantage of Magma's integrated physical design solution and ALF for its 0.13-micron chips," said Robert DiGrazia, director of marketing at Alternative System Concepts.

As the industry advances from micron- to nanometer-scale technology, previously disregarded characteristics have become dominant factors driving design decisions. NEC Electronics America recognized this change early and decided to put priority on modifying its tool flow to support ALF libraries with signal integrity and power characterization. To build ALF support into its Blast Fusion, Magma turned to ASC, which was the first to offer an ALF parser and API for easy integration into a variety of EDA tools.

"NEC Electronics America had a need to bring its signal integrity characterization data into Magma's Blast Fusion environment to implement, optimize and verify a high-end 0.13-micron design," said Dr. Wolfgang Roethig, senior engineering manager at NEC Electronics America, Inc. "We are using the ALF, an impending IEEE standard, to represent this data. The integration into Blast Fusion was achieved thanks to the excellent collaboration between Magma and ASC, the provider of our ALF parser. Within a few weeks, we got the parser and API integration from prototype to production quality."

"A few months ago we realized we needed ALF and faced a make-buy decision," said Peter Christensen, a project engineer at Magma. "After a brief analysis, we decided to purchase the ALF API integration technology from ASC. I am in charge of the project and was pleased at how easy it was to integrate ALF into our Blast Fusion environment using the ASC ALF parser and API access routines. What impressed me more was the responsiveness of the ASC engineering team to extend the capability of ALF as the IEEE ALF standards committee added new features. ASC has a complete ALF solution, including an object-oriented API that has already withstood its test by being integrated into production code on several platforms here at Magma. We estimate it would take about 1 to 1.5 man-years to code and test a complete ALF parser from scratch. The decision to team with ASC shortened our delivery time to NEC Electronics America by several weeks, or perhaps months."

"Our goal as a company is to support standards such as ALF, for better tool interoperability," said Jake Karrfalt, president of ASC. "Many companies have already downloaded our free ALF parser. We at ASC are proud of the success Magma reported as a result of our partnership."

About ALF
ALF is a modeling language that is used for describing functional, electrical and physical models and rules for cells, blocks, interconnects, and technology. It enables a coherent and comprehensive representation of this data in a unified library format. ALF is an Accellera standard. For more ALF information, please visit and

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM and 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 Create TM, Blast FusionTM, Blast Fusion APXTM, Blast PlanTM, Blast Noise®, Blast RailTM and Blast RTLTM 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

About ASC
Alternative System Concepts, Inc. (ASC) develops best-in-class electronic system design software for HDL translation, low-power synthesis and test insertion. ASC also offers OEM compiler components to read and parse ALF library data, behavioral CDFGs and various HDLs.

ALF Advanced Library Format
API Application Programming Interface
CDFG Control Data Flow Graph
EDA Electronic Design Automation
HDL Hardware Description Language
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

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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