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Magma offering design flow for new ChipX structured ASICs

Posted by inet - 2005-11-09

SAN FRANCISCO — Structured ASIC supplier ChipX and EDA vendor Magma Design Automation Inc. have made available an RTL-to-GDSII design flow based on Magma's Blast Create SA and Blast Fusion SA implementation system to support the new CX6000 structured ASIC product line, the companies said.

The companies, each based in Santa Clara, Calif., said the collaboration would enable ChipX customers to deliver high-performance designs with USB 2.0 and PCI Express cores in as few as eight weeks.

"We worked very closely with Magma to optimize the CX6000 fabric and refine the flow to reduce structured ASIC development time and accelerate time to market," said Ophir Nadir, ChipX vice president of engineering, in a statement.

"We're committed to providing our customers with a wide range of design solutions that will support their performance, time-to-market and cost reduction goals," said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Logic Design business unit.

The companies said ChipX stores a complete, detailed architecture and timing description of the new CX6000 family of USB 2.0- and PCI Express-enabled products in the Magma internal database, allowing designers to accurately analyze timing, and benefit from Magma's ability to predict and solve complex signal integrity issues including crosstalk, IR drop, and DRC issues, as well as electromigration in power and signal lines.

By optimizing the CX6000 logic cell structure, clock networks and floor plan for Magma's synthesis, placement and clock tree synthesis engines, designers can take full advantage of regular cell structures and available on-chip resources, according the companies.

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