Magma Unveils Blast Create 4.2 RTL-to-placed Gates Solution

5/18/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced significant enhancements to its Blast CreateTM RTL-to-placed gates solution. Blast Create Version 4.2 integrates datapath synthesis and design for test (DFT) into a single executable. Leveraging Magma’s unified data model, Blast Create is now the only synthesis solution that can provide timing path visualizations to speed timing analysis and constraint creation. These key enhancements combined with Magma’s patented gain-based synthesis methodology allow designers to significantly reduce overall logic design, timing analysis and test development time.

“Blast Create’s adoption rate is growing fast – just in the last two quarters our customers have taped out over 20 designs,” said Yatin Trivedi, director of product marketing for Magma. “In many instances, customers were using Blast Create in parallel with traditional synthesis flows. On average, Blast Create was proven to deliver a 10 percent area reduction while meeting or exceeding performance and power requirements. As a result, these customers taped out the designs using the Blast Create-generated netlist. With its enhanced capabilities, plus the higher capacity and 3 times faster runtime, Blast Create 4.2 has enabled users to generate 2 million placed gates in under five hours.”

Integrated Datapath Synthesis and DFT Speeds Front-end Flow
Blast Create eliminates the need for third-party datapath synthesis and DFT tools. By integrating datapath synthesis, Blast Create provides key capabilities for datapath-intensive designs such as DSP, CPU and graphics, including register pipelining and retiming to improve timing closure. To ensure that logic is functional as well as testable, Blast Create performs DFT analysis in conjunction with synthesis, and as a result delivers higher quality and faster turnaround time. Top-down and bottom-up scan insertion capabilities support various DFT methodologies, including those with intellectual property (IP) that have pre-inserted scan. Blast Create performs more than 60 RTL DFT checks early in the design phase to assess the effect of testability on timing, area and power, preventing designers from wasting valuable synthesis and optimization time on poorly coded RTL.

Detailed Timing Visualization Cuts Analysis and Correction Time
Because Blast Create is based on Magma’s unified data model, it has access to and can display a wide range of logical and physical design data. With the integration of this visualization capability, Blast Create is the only synthesis solution that can enable cross probing of RTL, schematics, floorplan, placement and layout from timing data. This visualization allows users to quickly identify long paths, false paths and multi-cycle paths in the design, and accelerates the process of pinpointing what changes need to be made to the RTL and timing constraints, making it easier to analyze and correct timing problems early in the flow to avoid iterations.

Pricing and Availability
Blast Create 4.2 can be previewed at the Design Automation Conference in San Diego, June 7-11. Register online for a demo at DAC at Magma’s Blast Create 4.2 will be in production release June 2004 with p ricing remaining at $325,000/year for a three-year license.

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

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