Magma RTL-to-GDSII Flow Achieves DSP Design Success for ON DEMAND

2/18/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that ON DEMAND Microelectronics, the leading provider of vector-oriented signal processors (VSP) for wireline xDSL and wireless networks, completed the design of its VSP chip using Magma's integrated RTL-to-GDSII design system. With an architecture optimized for all signal-processing applications, the SVSP outperforms all known digital signal processors (DSPs). The chip, which contains two million gates and more than 100 macros, was designed flat using Magma's Blast RTL® for synthesis, Blast Fusion® for physical design and Blast Noise® for single-pass SI closure. Additionally, Blast RailTM was utilized for power analysis and Magma's built-in STA engine for timing signoff.

"The Magma system uses a single library, single set of constraints, single timer and the same, easy-to-learn, UI [user interface] philosophy. This made it very easy to transition from our traditional point-tool flow – we were able to go from training to tapeout in just 15 weeks," said Premysl Vaclavik, chief director of engineering for ON DEMAND. "With Magma's integrated fast and predictable synthesis and advanced physical design and analysis, we achieved a one-pass flow without having to leave the Magma environment."

“With the unique integration of implementation and analysis functionality, Magma is able to tackle design challenges that traditional point-tool flows cannot,” said Harald Weiss, Magma's director of field operations for central Europe . “Magma also delivers lower cost of ownership over other flows that require purchasing, learning and integrating separate tools. We are pleased that ON DEMAND was able to leverage the tight integration of our products to meet its performance and time-to-market requirements.”

Integrated Synthesis and Physical Implementation Increases Design Predictability
Blast RTL, Blast Fusion, Blast Noise and Blast Rail are key components of Magma's integrated RTL-to-GDSII system. This system is based on the patented FixedTimingTM methodology and a unified data model. The tightly coupled logic and physical optimization approach enables Magma's system to predict circuit performance prior to detailed physical design. The system then uses a series of design refinements during physical design to achieve a final timing that is very close to the predicted performance. With predictable timing results and a single design environment, iterations can be eliminated and productivity can be significantly improved.

ON DEMAND Microelectronics, a privately held firm headquartered in Vienna , Austria , is an independent intellectual property vendor of sub-micron technology founded in 2002. ON DEMAND is committed and dedicated to state-of-the-art technology, positioning itself through its technological advances and innovative development in the semiconductor industry. ON DEMAND's core product, the Vector Signal Processor (VSP) is recognized as an enabling technology designed with the potential to revolutionize the chip industry. More information about the company's products and services can be found at

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 design planning, 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, and Blast Noise are registered trademarks and Blast Rail and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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