Magma Supports Virage Logic Structured ASIC Design Libraries

4/27/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL), a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms, announced their joint collaboration has produced a design flow that works for both structured-ASIC and standard cell libraries. Magma’s Blast Fusion® support for Virage Logic’s Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) LogicTM Metal Programmable Libraries has been validated by both companies and will be added to existing support for the ASAP Logic Standard Cell Libraries. This will enable mutual customers to make trade-offs between density, cost and performance according to their requirements. Customers will be able to use Magma’s standard ASIC design flow and Virage Logic’s libraries that include all the necessary requirements and constraints for their structured ASIC designs.

“Virage Logic’s approach to structured-ASIC design is unique in that it allows semiconductor vendors to design and create structured-ASIC platforms that are specific to their market requirements,” said Behrooz Zahiri, director of product marketing at Magma. “We’re very pleased to expand our partnership with Virage Logic to enable our mutual customers to employ an integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow for structured ASIC designs that offers low-cost manufacturing, fast turnaround, and performance and density results that are close to those of standard cell ASIC designs. And, for our customers that use a COT flow, we can now offer a structured ASIC design flow with complete control from RTL to GDSII.”

“Working closely with Magma to support our ASAP Logic Metal Programmable Libraries provides our mutual customers with the added benefit of cutting costs and reducing turnaround time with mask generation in their structured-ASIC design flow,” said Brani Buric, senior director of product marketing at Virage Logic. “Magma users now have the flexibility of mixing and matching our metal programmable and standard cell libraries on the same design to achieve maximum savings in overall chip costs.”

About Magma’s Structured-ASIC Design Flow
Magma’s structured-ASIC design flow is based on the company’s existing ASIC design flow. This makes it extremely easy for current Magma users to adopt because it uses the same GUI, design and analysis engines, and data model architecture. Magma’s unified data model and the newly deployed architecture-specific mapping and physical design deliver structured ASICs with higher quality of results, predictable performance and faster timing closure.

About Virage Logic’s ASAP Logic Cell Libraries
The ASAP Logic Metal Programmable Cell Libraries significantly reduce overall mask costs by allowing minimum changes in masks to achieve any necessary product revisions or personalization of the chip. Performance and area are competitive with standard cell products currently in the marketplace. The ASAP Logic Standard Cell Libraries feature up to a 30 percent reduction in logic area resulting in at least a 10 percent cost reduction. ASAP Logic Standard Cell Libraries achieve the same or better performance than conventional cell libraries and also feature lower power consumption.

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About Virage Logic
Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL) is a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms based on memory, logic, and I/Os that are silicon proven and production ready. Virage Logic meets market demands for cost reduction, while improving performance and reliability for fabless and integrated device manufacturer (IDM) companies focused on the consumer, communications and networking, handheld and portable, and computer and graphics markets. Virage Logic is headquartered in Fremont, California and has sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, visit or call (877) 360-6690 toll free or (510) 360-8000.

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, design planning, 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 and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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