Engim Develop 2-Million-Gate, Multi-Channel 802.11 Chip with Magma

4/1/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Engim, Inc. a startup based in Acton, Mass., has successfully taped out a 2-million-gate digital baseband processor for its multi-channel 802.11 -a/b/g wireless access point chipset. Using a customer-owned tooling (COT) flow based on Magma’s Blast Fusion® and Blast PlanTM hierarchical design solution, Engim was able to port the design to a new process yet still easily achieve timing and area goals. As a result of this success, Engim intends to use Magma tools on its next-generation designs.

“Engim provides system-on-chip technology that fundamentally brings increased manageability, security and capacity to broadband communications solutions,” said Jeff Winston, lead engineer for the chip, and a member of technical staff at Engim. “With high-volume designs such as ours, reducing area is just as important as maximizing performance. Magma’s software helped us do both. For this project, we enhanced an existing design, and ported it to a significantly slower process. Thanks to Magma, we were able to expand the capabilities of our design and still achieve the same clock speeds as before. Timing closure was not a bottleneck, and Magma's results correlated closely to our sign-off tools. And Magma's fast runtimes on our Linux systems allowed many tasks to be completed overnight.”

“Achieving timing closure remains one of the toughest challenges for today’s advanced designs,” said Paul Baek, director of product marketing at Magma. “We’re very pleased Engim was able to leverage our software to achieve their performance goals in the minimal amount of time.”

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 www.magma-da.com.

Magma and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks and Blast Plan and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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