Artisan, Denali Provide Comprehensive DDR Interface Solution

9/17/2003 - Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI), a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP), and Denali Software, Inc. a leading provider of IP and EDA (Electronic Design Automation) products used to develop advanced memory systems, announced a three-year agreement to jointly provide a comprehensive DDR memory interface design solution. This alliance provides for an integrated design environment that is focused on reducing risk and time-to-market for developing and verifying memory interfaces in system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

The first result of the collaboration offers pre-configured solutions that include Denaliís Databahn memory controller cores and Artisanís specialty I/Os and analog timing functions. The solution supports a wide range of new and emerging memory technologies including DDR, DDRII, and QDR for SDRAM, SRAM and RLDRAM applications operating up to 1.0Gbps.

Memory systems are now the primary bottleneck to the flow of data in SoC designs. Increasing clock speeds, new memory architectures, vendor-specific memory features, timing and high-speed I/O effects are some of the critical issues that must be addressed when designing a memory system. By providing interoperable, pre-configured solutions, Artisan and Denali offer a comprehensive and integrated SoC design environment for developing high-performance memory interfaces.

"Creating value for customers by expanding our network of relationships is central to Artisanís strategy," said Callan Carpenter, vice president and general manager of Artisan's Analog/Mixed-Signal Business Unit. "Denali has demonstrated market leadership in memory controller IP technology for DDR interfaces. With this alliance, we help reduce customer risk by offering an integrated solution that addresses the complete problem; from controller IP to optimized I/Oís and analog timing elements."

"SoC designers face many challenges in developing memory systems incorporating analog and mixed-signal IP in their SoC designs," said Mark Gogolewski, chief technical officer of Denali Software, Inc. "In todayís complex design -to-silicon arena, it takes technology and partnerships. By teaming with Artisan, we are enabling customers with best-in-class I/O and analog design technology. The DDR interface design solution from Denali and Artisan now offers a significant value-proposition for the SoC design community."

Artisan-Denali IP Product Availability
Artisanís specialty I/Os and analog timing functions are now available. Front-end views can be downloaded by licensed customers on Artisanís website at Denaliís Databahn memory cores are available, and can be accessed by licensed customers on Denaliís website at

About Denali Software, Inc.
Denali Software Inc. is the world's leading provider of EDA tools and Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) solutions for chip interface design, integration, and verification. PureSpec is the industry leading solution for verifying compliance and interoperability for PCI Express designs. Denali's Databahn memory controller cores are licensed for use in over 80 chips and provide designers with the highest quality solution for interfacing with all new and emerging high-performance memory technologies. Denali's MMAV product is the de facto industry standard for modeling and simulating memory during all phases of design and verification. Memory selection, memory controller configuration, and memory system performance analysis are supported through Denali's online infrastructure at More than 400 companies worldwide use Denali's tools, technology, and services to design and verify complex chip interfaces for communication, consumer, and computer products. For more information, please visit Denali at or contact Denali directly at: 650-461-7200, or email:

About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP) components for the design and manufacture of complex system-on-a-chip integrated circuits. Artisanís products include embedded memory, standard cell, input/output, analog and mixed-signal components, which are designed to achieve the best combination of performance, density, power and yield for a given manufacturing process. Artisan has licensed its IP components to over 1,000 companies involved in integrated circuit design. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access, can be found at

Denali, the Denali logo, Databahn, eMemory, MMAV, and PureSpec are trademarks of Denali Software, Inc. Artisan Components and Artisan are registered trademarks of Artisan Components, Inc.

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