Overview of Magma's FixedTiming Methodology

Magma Design Automation's Blast Fusion physical design system introduces a breakthrough new methodology, FixedTiming. FixedTiming allows our systems to optimize for timing performance throughout the flow, predict circuit speed before detailed physical design and deliver final timing that approximates the predicted circuit speed. In addition, the FixedTiming approach can entirely eliminate the iterations between physical design and logic synthesis that are required to achieve timing closure in traditional flows. This can literally slash weeks or even months out of the design cycle, significantly increasing designer productivity. This backgrounder puts the technology and ideas behind Magma's FixedTiming approach into the perspective of the challenges posed by deep sub-micron (0.25, 0.18 and smaller process technologies).

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