Magma QuickRules Integrates QuickCap Technology into Blast Fusion APX

5/7/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced QuickRulesTM, which integrates the QuickCapTM technology into the Blast Fusion® APX physical design system and provides highly accurate characterization of process technologies. Now included with Blast Fusion APX for no additional charge, QuickRules increases the Magma system’s overall accuracy and enables it to achieve signoff-quality results for processes at 130 nanometers and below.

“Accurate extraction results are critical to predicting silicon performance and to eliminating costly timing closure iterations,” said Lee Hanson, vice president, technology and design services for Vitesse. “Vitesse has been using QuickCap as the gold standard to which we compare all extraction results. We’re pleased that Magma has integrated the highly accurate QuickCap technology to improve the Blast Fusion APX extraction capabilities. As a result of the QuickCap integration into Blast Fusion APX, Vitesse is experiencing a much closer agreement between the results of the place and route process and final timing signoff tools, thus reducing the number of iterations to timing closure and increasing productivity of our physical design flow.”

“With a decade of use by over 30 companies, QuickCap is generally accepted as the gold standard in parasitic capacitance extraction,” said Premal Buch, general manager of the Analysis Products Business Unit at Magma. “Magma will continue to offer it as standalone tool, but by integrating QuickCap technology into Blast Fusion APX we can further streamline the design flow, providing more accurate extraction results within the Magma software environment.”

QuickCap – Setting the Gold Standard for Capacitance Extraction
Magma has also enhanced QuickCap, which now includes circuit analysis. With this enhancement, the QuickCap product fully supports SPICE simulations at the highest level of accuracy for critical net, cell and block analysis.

For over 10 years QuickCap has been used in the semiconductor industry for process and device analysis, library characterization, parasitic extraction and modeling, correlation studies, critical block design and critical net analysis. It is the only extractor that provides the accuracy and capacity required to perform highly accurate analysis of both test structures and full-chip critical nets in today’s designs at 130 nanometers and below. Leading EDA vendors such as Cadence and Synopsys have been using QuickCap to correlate their tools to silicon and OEM it to their own customers.

“As process technologies shrink and clock frequencies increase, more accurate parasitic values are needed to adequately predict timing and cross talk,” said Matthew Graf, manager of Foundry Design Automation of IBM's System and Technology Group. “At 90 nanometer, ensuring that our flows correlate as closely as possible to actual silicon is even more important. IBM hopes QuickCap will continue to be an important part of our 90-nanometer flow qualification process.”

About QuickRules
QuickRules uses the highly accurate 3D extraction technology of QuickCap to generate a library of metal-structure patterns that closely correlate to nanometer processes. With this high-quality library, Blast Fusion APX can deliver more accurate design-specific parasitic extraction results. QuickRules will be available to all Blast Fusion APX users at no additional charge beginning in June 2004.

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

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