7/2/2003 - Sequence Design’s PowerTheater has been adopted to automate the power analysis of advanced 130nm ASICs by Ricoh Company, Ltd., one of the world’s leading suppliers of office equipment, including copiers, printers, and related supplies and services.
Complete results on Ricoh’s use of PowerTheater will be presented at a Sequence low-power design seminar in Tokyo on July 4. For more details on the seminar, visit Sequence online: http://www.sequencedesign.com/3_news/3b_LPDSeminar.html.
Prior to using PowerTheater, Ricoh relied on a conventional spreadsheet approach to analyze power dissipation and consumption, according to Makoto Saito, Ricoh group leader, 1st Development Section, 2nd Development Department, Platform Development Center, Imaging System Business Group.
“Using this approach we consistently exceeded the limitations of metal layers needed for these devices,” Saito said. “The only way to meet power budgets, therefore, was to increase the number of metal layers which would have a major impact on cost.”
Since switching to PowerTheater, providing accurate and automated RTL power estimation, Ricoh designers can now minimize power early in the design cycle and verify that power budgets are met. The result was that additional metal layers were avoided according to Saito.
“As these results clearly demonstrate, power analysis is becoming the critical IC design element of the decade,” said Vic Kulkarni, Sequence president and CEO. “We are pleased to have Ricoh join a rapidly expanding list of leading technology companies that are focused on low-power design and using PowerTheater to manage power consumption effectively.”
With its ability to provide accurate RTL power estimation, precise gate-level power verification, and flexible power optimization to help minimize power early in the design cycle, PowerTheater reduces power as much as 40 percent or more in large designs, versus 5 percent to 10 percent for gate/synthesis-based tools. Typically, 80 percent of the power in these large and complex designs determined at the RTL stage or earlier, so any effective power analysis and design decisions must be made early, before synthesis.
PowerTheater provides the foundation for a comprehensive SoC power management methodology. Features include:
PowerTheater enjoys considerable momentum in the marketplace with endorsements from users such as Ricoh, Samsung, Sun, and Amphion. In addition to its inclusion in LSI Logic's FlexStream Design Solution, it is integrated into IBM's Blue LogicTM ASIC design system.
Sequence Design, Inc. enables system-on-chip designers to bring higher-performance and lower-power integrated circuits quickly to fabrication. Sequence’s power and signal integrity software give its more than 100 customers the competitive advantage they need to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design.
Sequence has worldwide development and field service operations. The company was recently named by Reed Electronics as one of the top 50 companies to watch in the electronics industry. Sequence is privately held. Sequence is a member of Cadence Design Systems’ ConnectionsTM and Mentor Graphics’ Open DoorTM partnership programs. Additional information is available at sequencedesign.com.
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