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AltaSens tapes out CMOS image sensor

Posted: 15 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Magma Design Automation  AltaSens  image sensor  Blast Create  Blast Fusion. 

Magma Design Automation Inc. has announced that AltaSens has taped out a multimillion-gate, high-performance, mixed-signal image sensor using Magma's Blast Create and Blast Fusion products.

"Two key issues for us are increasing performance and reducing area for our chip designs, and Magma makes that possible," said Roberto Marchesini, director of Engineering of AltaSens. "Blast Create and Blast Fusion concurrently optimise for timing and area, delivering significantly better quality of results and faster turnaround."

The Blast Create RTL-to-placed-gates and Blast Fusion physical design software provide advanced capabilities that are key to enabling AltaSens to meet their performance and time-to-market goals. The large pixel array of the AltaSens design had to fit into very tight area constraints and odd-shaped regions. Magma's tightly integrated RTL-to-GDSII flow enabled AltaSens to meet the area and shape constraints and still meet tight timing requirements. With the help of Magma's advanced placement features, AltaSens designers were able to achieve a fully automated methodology to implement their decoupling techniques.

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