Magma Receives Qualification from NEC for Mainstream Production Use

9/30/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) and NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced the integration of the built-in extraction, delay calculation, crosstalk noise and electromigration analysis capabilities of Magma's IC implementation system to NEC Electronics America's mainstream production flow. The capabilities were validated with test designs as well as production designs ranging in size from 500K to 12 million gates through Magma's Blast Fusion® physical design and Blast Noise® signal integrity software. Both the efficiency in reducing signal integrity violations and the correlation of the signal integrity analysis results with NEC Electronics America's sign-off tools convinced NEC Electronics America to adopt the signal integrity features in the mainstream Magma design flow.

"We have been working very closely with Magma to validate the accuracy of its analysis engines," said Wolfgang Roethig, senior design engineering manager at NEC Electronics America. "We supplied the data in the Advanced Library Format (ALF) conforming to the IEEE 1603-2003 standard to ensure maximum correlation with our internal golden library. With this effort, we could qualify and deploy Magma's signal integrity analysis, including extraction, delay, noise and electromigration analysis for production usage. With highly accurate analysis capabilities, engineers at our ASIC design centers can achieve a higher quality of results."

"At nanometer process geometries, it is very important that the analysis engines used within implementation have extremely high accuracy," said Sameer Patel, director of product marketing for Magma. "Magma is committed to delivering signoff quality analysis technology to our customers and the validation from NEC Electronics America serves as a strong endorsement of that effort."

Integration of Accurate Analysis Tools Speeds Implementation, Improves QoR
Blast Fusion and Blast Noise provide complete IC implementation capabilities plus extraction, delay calculation and signal integrity analysis in a single executable. With this unique netlist-to-GDSII flow, designers never have to waste time and compromise design accuracy by transferring design data in and out of the Magma environment. That's because Blast Fusion and Blast Noise are built on the industry's only single, unified data model architecture. This data model allows all of the implementation and analysis engines to work concurrently with accurate and complete design information throughout the flow, enabling designers to complete large, complex chips with better QoR in less time.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and platform solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics America offers solutions ranging from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, customized products for next-generation designs, a local manufacturing facility in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. NEC Electronics America is also the North American sales and marketing channel of NEC AM-LCD and PDP modules. More information about the products offered by NEC Electronics America, Inc. can be found at

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing "The Fastest Path from RTL to SiliconTM, 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 FixedTimingR 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 also provides PALACETM and ArchEvaluatorTM advanced physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs).

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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