Genesis Microchip Selects Sequence Voltage Drop and Power-Grid Integrity

2/7/2006 - After reviewing competing voltage drop EDA tools, Genesis® Microchip Inc. selected Sequence Design for multi-year, multi-site power management solutions. Genesis® Microchip is a world leader in the development of image processing technologies for flat-panel TVs, monitors, and other consumer display products.

Genesis design centers in the United States, Canada, and India are using Sequence’s CoolTime and CoolCheck – a comprehensive, low-power SoC design suite for power and voltage-drop analysis, power-grid verification, and more. Detailed information is available online.

During Genesis’s design of a large chip with multiple power supplies, several mixed-signal blocks, and a large area devoted to memory, Sequence provided improved methodology for dealing with both dynamic voltage drop and power-grid analysis.

CoolTime has been adopted by Genesis for static and dynamic voltage drop analysis as well as power grid integrity. The CoolTime dynamic analysis is accurate and fast, featuring an updated extraction engine and the SpeedView layout viewer, with electro-migration and voltage drop "wizards" that overlay results on the original design, for 10X faster debugging of power grid failures.

CoolCheck is complementary to CoolTime, and traces the path from every cell to the power grid using patent-pending techniques. CoolCheck detects circuitous connections to the grid, missing vias, and power-grid disconnects. These fail-safe capabilities have proved valuable additions to the Genesis methodology, allowing the team to efficiently evaluate the power grid early in the design flow.

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