Airgo Networks Automates Power Analysis with Sequence's PowerTheater

8/11/2004 - Airgo Networks, a developer of innovative wireless technology and products, "taped-out" using Sequence Design's PowerTheater to automate power analysis for its revolutionary 802.11g chips.

"PowerTheater predicted power usage within 10% of silicon for our AGN100BB chip. We achieved this level of accuracy by leveraging PowerTheater's innovative RTL and gate-level analysis capabilities," said Derrick Lin, senior director of ASIC engineering at Airgo Networks.

Since switching to PowerTheater's accurate and automated RTL power estimation, Airgo designers have minimized power early in the design cycle and verified that power budgets are met.

"We are pleased that Airgo, a leader in the hot Wi-Fi space, has adopted PowerTheater for its high performance chipsets," said Vic Kulkarni, Sequence president and CEO. "Power has become design enemy #1, illustrating the need to manage power consumption effectively through a comprehensive RTL to gate approach."

PowerTheater is the initial step in Sequence's NanoCool low-power design flow. The flow includes RTL power analysis, voltage-drop analysis and optimization, as well as, leakage power reduction. Details may be found at:

Sequence recently launched the NanoCool Low-Power Design seminar series with co-sponsors Artisan Components and Sun Microsystems. Attendees packed the historic Silicon Valley Capital Club Athletics to learn about power management at ESL, RTL and gate-level, with a particular emphasis on leakage power reduction. Inquiries for seminar proceedings should be addressed to

About PowerTheater
With the rapid growth of mobile applications markets, power dissipation is an increasing concern in system-on-chip (SoC) designs. With 80% of current design starts constrained under 2W of power, power management is in the forefront of design challenges. Typically 80% of the power in these designs is determined at the RTL stage or earlier. Power actions taken early, before synthesis, save significantly more power overall. Sequence is the first company to offer fast, accurate RT and gate level design solutions that analyze and reduce power dissipation in complex SoC designs. PowerTheater is a family of full-chip power tools that can be used throughout the IC design process. PowerTheater products analyze, display and help the user reduce power for the whole chip and each individual module. Accuracy is achieved through a combination of special-purpose estimation algorithms and carefully crafted modeling techniques.

PowerTheater provides the foundation for a comprehensive SoC power management methodology. Highlights include:

PowerTheater has considerable momentum in the marketplace with endorsements from users such as Ricoh, Samsung, Tensilica, Sun and Amphion. The product is part of the LSI Logic FlexStream Design Solution, and is integrated into IBM's Blue LogicTM ASIC design system.

About Airgo Networks Inc
Airgo Networks develops breakthrough technology and Wireless LAN (WLAN) products that enhance existing applications and enable new applications by substantially improving the quality and convenience of the WLAN user experience. Airgo's chipset, software and reference design solutions provide secure, easy-to-use, standards-compliant WLAN capabilities that work in both the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands. Airgo's products are based on the IEEE 802.11 standards (commonly known as Wi-Fi). The breakthrough wireless technology provides cost-effective performance for the most bandwidth-intensive applications, eliminating the need for wires at home, at work, and in public places. Founded in November 2000, the company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA; an additional development center is located in Breukelen, The Netherlands.

About Sequence
Sequence Design, Inc. enables nanometer SoC (system-on-chip) designers to bring higher-performance and lower-power integrated circuits quickly to fabrication. Sequence's power and signal integrity software give its more than 130 customers the competitive advantage they need to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design.

Sequence has worldwide development and field service operations. The company was recently named by Reed Electronics as one of the top 10 companies to watch in the electronics industry. Sequence is privately held. Sequence is a member of Cadence Design Systems' ConnectionsTM and Mentor Graphics' Open DoorTM partnership programs. Additional information is available at

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