AMCC Reduces Time to Take Design Concept to Silicon with Magma Tools

9/11/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) [NASDAQ: AMCC] has taped out a 622 MHz design with 3.4 million placeable objects using Blast Fusion®, Blast Noise®, Blast PlanTM and Blast RailTM. Magma was also recognized with AMCC's "Supplier of the Year" and "Innovation Award" for helping AMCC bring products to market in a timely and cost-effective manner. With Magma's integrated approach to physical design, signal and power integrity and hierarchical design, AMCC was able to reduce time-consuming and costly iterations, significantly reducing the development cycle and improving the quality of results (QoR) of their next-generation multi-protocol mapper device.

"Magma's integrated system provided AMCC with a high-capacity, correct-by-construction design flow that addressed our timing, area, power and signal integrity challenges," said Ram Sudireddy, senior vice president of engineering for AMCC. "Our implementation of Magma's integrated system was critical to enabling us to meet our design goals. Their contribution to key designs was significant - we're happy to recognize their work with these awards."

"AMCC is dedicated to providing its customers with solutions that reduce their development costs and time to market," said Nitin Deo, vice president of product marketing at Magma. "We share in their dedication and are pleased to have provided the IC implementation system that shortened their design cycle and will enable them to offer an advanced and cost-effective solution to their customers."

"We're obviously gratified and greatly honored to be recognized with these awards," said Rajeev Madhavan, Magma's chairman and CEO. "AMCC has very high standards for bestowing such recognition, and the competition was strong. It's nice to come out on top."

Magma's Integrated System Speeds AMCC Chip to Market
When AMCC set out to develop their next-generation multi-protocol mapper, they relied on the high capacity of Blast Fusion with the integrated signal integrity analysis, avoidance and repair capabilities of Blast Noise to simplify full-chip timing verification.

To achieve design closure, AMCC utilized Blast Fusion, Blast Noise and Blast Rail, which provided a correct-by-construction approach that automatically addressed crosstalk delay and IR-drop-induced delay throughout the netlist-to-GDSII flow, ensuring signal and power integrity and delivering a robust solution while minimizing the design cycle.

About AMCC
AMCC designs, develops, manufactures, and markets high-performance, high-bandwidth silicon solutions empowering intelligent wide area networks. AMCC utilizes a combination of digital, mixed-signal and high-frequency analog design expertise coupled with system-level knowledge and multiple silicon process technologies to offer integrated circuit products that enable the transport of voice and data over fiber optic networks. The company's system solution portfolio includes switch fabric, traffic management, network processor, framer/mapper, PHY and PMD devices that address the high-performance needs of the evolving intelligent optical network. AMCC's corporate headquarters are located in San Diego, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world. For further information regarding AMCC, please visit our web site at

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. Through acquisition of Aplus Design Technologies and the PALACETM and ArchEvaluatorTM products, Magma addresses all silicon implementation platforms, including advanced physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs).

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

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.

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