Toshiba Implements 3-million-gate SoC with Magma's Blast Create

1/27/2004 - Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has successfully implemented a 3-million-gate system-on-chip (SoC) using design data generated by Blast CreateTM, Magma's high-capacity synthesis solution. Having validated that Blast Create can provide very good timing correlation from synthesis to physical implementation, Toshiba has designated Blast Create as a design environment for a RTL-to-netlist hand-off flow.

"We have successfully used Blast Fusion® for the past three years to take very complex custom SoCs into production. These have mostly been at theTC280 (0.13-micron) technology level," said Shigenori Imazato, vice president of Engineering for the TAEC Design Centers. "By adopting Blast Create in addition to Blast Fusion, we have realized a consistent streamlined flow from RTL to GDS using a single library, a single constraint system and a set of common analysis engines. By using Magma's RTL-to-netlist flow, we can achieve better performance and faster turn-around time."

TAEC has provided Blast LogicTM design kits to its custom SoC customers for the past 18 months. Based on the company's success in achieving improved handoff quality with the benefit of quicker timing closure for complex designs, it is a natural extension to provide customers with Blast Create for high predictability of the RTL-to-netlist flow.

"Since its release in April 2003, Blast Create has achieved rapid market adoption. Magma and TAEC have many common customers, some of which are moving to the Toshiba TC300 90 nanometer (nm) processes," said Nitin Deo, vice president of product marketing for Magma. "With the qualification of Blast Create as a hand-off flow, TAEC and Magma can offer mutual customers the high capacity, predictability and fast turnaround time required to implement their SoC designs on the Toshiba proven 90nm process."

About Blast Create
Blast Create is an RTL-to-placed-gates system that enables logic designers to synthesize, visualize, evaluate and improve the quality of their RTL code, design constraints, testability requirements and floorplan. Blast Create integrates fast, full-featured, high-capacity logic and physical synthesis capabilities, full and incremental static timing analysis, design for test (DFT) analysis and synthesis, and power analysis. Unlike conventional point-tool front-end flows, Blast Create does not rely on wireload models or inaccurate physical design data. With Blast Create's high capacity and integrated technology, designers can quickly build and analyze a flat, multimillion-gate design. This allows them to identify and fix problems early in the flow, ensuring a clean handoff between the RTL designer and the layout engineer, providing a predictable path to timing closure and accelerating the RTL-to-GDSII design flow. Both Verilog and VHDL hardware definition languages (HDLs) are supported. Blast Create accepts design constraints in SDC format and libraries in .lib format, avoiding the need and cost of adapting Blast Create to existing logic design environments.

About Magma
Magma provides leading software for designing highly complex integrated circuits while maximizing Quality of Results with respect to area, timing and power, and at the same time reducing overall design cycles and costs. Magma provides a complete RTL-to-GDSII design flow that includes prototyping, synthesis, place & route, and signal and power integrity chip design capabilities in a single executable, offering "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM. Magma's software also includes products for advanced physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs); capacitance extraction; and characterization and modeling. 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 Blast Create and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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