Magma Targets Power Optimization and Management with Blast Power

5/4/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced Blast PowerTM, a comprehensive solution that integrates power optimization and management into the Magma RTL-to-GDSII flow. Blast Power will be available as an option to Magma’s Blast CreateTM and Blast Fusion APXTM integrated circuit (IC) implementation system, making Magma the only EDA provider able to offer a low-power design methodology that includes embedded power, timing, and rail analysis and power minimization techniques. With Blast Power, Magma users will be able to make power-vs-timing and power-vs-area tradeoffs throughout the RTL-to-GDSII flow – without having to export design data out of the Magma system. This tight integration of power optimization and management into the implementation process will enable users to deliver lower power and more cost- effective development cycles than point tool flows.

“Magma software has played a critical role in allowing Renesas to achieve performance goals and delivery schedules for some of our most challenging designs,” said Koji Imazawa, department manager of the MPU Design Department, SoC Design Technology Division of Renesas Technology Corporation. “We have been working with Magma to deploy Blast Power as part of our low power flow, and we’re very impressed with their ability to incorporate our requirements into their software. We hope to leverage their low-power methodology to deliver the best performance on our designs, particularly the S uper H products for consumer digital applications.”

“Power management has become a huge challenge for most designs, especially those focused on portable applications,” said Dr. Satya Gupta, vice president of engineering at Open-Silicon. “In the past we have had to rely on many custom techniques to minimize power on our chips. We are very pleased that Magma will be offering a comprehensive low-power design solution because it will prevent designers from spending a lot of time and money developing customized solutions to address power.”

“Most low power design flows involve multiple point tools and custom or manual design techniques that address power at different stages in the design flow. To provide a more efficient flow we have worked closely with our key customers to incorporate a lot of these custom design techniques within Blast Power,” said Sameer Patel, director of product marketing for Magma. “With the addition of Blast Power, we will be able to offer a comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII solution that provides power optimization and power management capabilities in a unified environment. In addition, Magma has partnered with leading IP providers to develop and qualify a reference methodology that will enable users to fully optimize their designs for low power.”

Magma Takes Its Low-Power Solution on the Road
Blast Power will be featured in Magma’s upcoming Low Power Design seminar series taking place Tuesday, May 11 in Boston, Mass. and Thursday, May 13 in San Diego, Calif. In addition, Blast Power will be shown in suite demos at the 41 st Annual Design Automation Conference in San Diego June 7-11. To register for either of these events, please visit the Magma website at

About Blast Power
New capabilities that Blast Power will bring to Magma’s RTL-to-GDSII flow include power-aware synthesis, automatic power grid synthesis, leakage power optimization using multiple threshold voltage libraries, support for designs using multiple voltage domains, power-aware placement, power-aware optimization, decoupling cap insertion, support for special techniques such as MTCMOS and back-gate biasing, power-aware routing, and other techniques.

Blast Power is currently in limited release with p ricing starting at $295,000 per year for a three-year time-based license. Magma expects Blast Power to be in production release in the fall.

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 Power and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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