Magma Introduces Enhancements to Embedded Analysis Engines

5/18/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced enhancements to its embedded analysis engines – including extraction based the QuickCap® high-accuracy delay calculation – and to the Blast Noise® signal integrity and the Blast RailTM power integrity solutions. The new analysis capabilities are all available in version 4.2 of Magma’s integrated RTL-to-GDSII integrated circuit (IC) implementation system and have been shown to provide the closest correlation to SPICE and up to 10 times better speed, providing designers with higher accuracy and faster runtime.

“Our embedded analysis has long been recognized as one of Magma’s biggest differentiators,” said Sameer Patel, director of product marketing for Magma’s analysis products. “We realize that accurate analysis is the cornerstone for design success. With this new release we have added several key capabilities that provide extremely high accuracy, delivering results that are within just a few percentage points of industry-standard tools such as QuickCap® and SPICE.”

New in Blast Noise: AWE-Based Noise Modeling, Crosstalk Analysis Across Multiple Voltage Domains
Blast Noise version 4.2 adds support for the Asymptotic Waveform Evaluation (AWE) noise model that brings accuracy to within 8 percent of SPICE, based on initial test results. Blast Noise now also supports crosstalk analysis across multiple voltage domains, which are increasingly common in leading-edge designs. With embedded signal integrity analysis and correction capabilities, and results to within a few percentage points of SPICE, Blast Noise offers users the most effective signal integrity solution on the market.

New in Blast Rail: Vector-less Transient Analysis and Macromodeling
Blast Rail version 4.2 now supports highly accurate transient analysis, enabling designers to identify sudden changes in power consumption by taking into account resistive, capacitive and inductive effects. At the same time, Blast Rail version 4.2 allows users to take advantage of the more accurate transient analysis without requiring them to generate extensive switching activity information. Enhanced support for multimillion-gate hierarchical designs includes macromodeling for rail analysis of embedded macros. Blast Rail version 4.2 also provides users with as much as a 10X improvement in runtime.

Fast, Accurate Extraction and Delay Calculation
The embedded extraction and delay calculation in Blast Fusion® version 4.2 now integrates the extraction technology of QuickCap, widely regarded as the “gold standard” of extraction accuracy, to provide the highest level of accuracy. This enables better rule generation, leading to more accurate extraction, and also enables “on-the-fly” QuickCap extraction on critical nets. Improvements to the embedded extraction and delay calculation deliver more accurate delay and noise analysis, resulting in more predictable silicon performance.

A new current source driver model for delay calculation also improves accuracy substantially. Internal testing has shown that with this new model, the delay numbers now correlate to within 5 percent of SPICE. Magma has also added more complete support for SDC constraints that enable designers to read existing constraints into Magma’s flow without having to rewrite them.

Pricing and Availability
Blast Noise 4.2 and Blast Rail 4.2 can be previewed at the Design Automation Conference in San Diego, June 7-11. Register online for demos at DAC at Blast Noise 4.2 will be in production release in June 2004 with pricing starting at $157,000. Blast Rail 4.2 will be in production release in June 2004 with pricing starting at $160,000.

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

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

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