Magma to Create Low-Power RTL-to-GDSII Reference Flow for Blast Power

5/4/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced its intent to develop a low-power RTL-to-GDSII reference flow based on its newly released Blast PowerTM product. This solution integrates the benefits of power optimization and management into the Magma system . Leading intellectual property (IP) providers ARM and Artisan Components have agreed to allow the use of their IP products to facilitate the development of this flow with the ARM9ETM processor family working with Artisan’s MetroTM Platform IP which is architected for low-power solutions. This low-power Magma reference flow will guide designers through an RTL-to-GDSII methodology that leverages embedded low-power design and analysis capabilities of Blast Power to enable fast, optimal timing-versus-power and area-versus-power tradeoffs at different stages of the implementation flow. With the ability to address power considerations during implementation and within a single environment, designers can minimize the power consumption of the design and reduce turnaround time.

“ARM and Magma have previously worked to develop Magma-Ready IP and an RTL-to-GDSII reference implementation for the ARM9E family of microprocessors,” said Tim Holden, EDA Relations manager of ARM. “We welcome this development as part of the continued drive to improve the power consumption of ARM Powered® SoCs.”

“In today’s complex nanometer design environment, collaborative solutions from industry leaders are essential to address the challenges faced by customers,” said Herb Gebhart, director of technical marketing for Artisan. “We believe that working with Magma to incorporate our Metro IP into their low-power methodology will benefit our mutual customers by offering them access to a low-power design flow tuned on a low-power IP platform.”

“ARM and Artisan have both made significant efforts to enable their customers to reduce power in their nanometer designs,” said Michael Ma, vice president of business development at Magma. “By working with these leading IP products to qualify our low-power flow, we will meet a critical need for a large segment of the IC designer market.”

About the Magma Low-Power Reference Flow
The reference flow will be based on the Blast Power solution that was also announced today, and will include Blast Create™, Blast Fusion APXTM and the Blast RailTM power and rail analysis product. In addition to the necessary scripts, the reference flow will include guidelines on how to use these new capabilities within the Magma RTL-to-GDSII system. Magma expects to release the low-power reference flow later this year.

About Magma Design Automation
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 is a registered trademark and Blast Create, Blast Fusion APX, Blast Rail and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks, of Magma Design Automation. ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM9E are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; and ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. Artisan Components and Artisan are registered trademarks and Metro is a trademark of Artisan Components, Inc.

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