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SoftJin offers IC layout comparison tool

Posted: 14 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC layout  distributed processing application  DFM/DFY tools 


SoftJin Technologies, a customised EDA tool development company, has announced new offerings in the Post Layout EDA space. These include, NXCompare, a fast and versatile IC Layout and Mask Data Comparison tool that compares any two IC layout and/or mask databases. It is SoftJin's first end user distributed processing application based on Nirmaan software development toolkit. SoftJin also announced availability of Nirmaan 3.0, the upgraded version of its software development toolkit for developers of post-layout and DFM/DFY tools.

Nachiket Urdhwareshe, CEO, SoftJin Technologies said, "NXCompare, is a fast and versatile Geometrical Comparison tool that compares any two layout and/or mask databases, which may be in different formats, have different hierarchies or come from different sources."

The features of NXCompare includes cross format comparison support for multiple layout and mask data standards, including GDSII, OASIS, MEBES, OASIS.VSB and OpenAccess, with more to be added in future; distributed computing to achieve fast turnaround time; unlimited data handling capacity (can handle hundreds of GBs of GDSII data) and user defined tolerance to filter out nuisance differences.

As compared to conventional DRC tools, NXCompare provides a better price and performance alternative as it has been specifically designed to deal with comparison of large, cross format databases. Nirmaan 3.0 software development toolkit has 10X performance improvement over previous version in terms of run-time speed-up, reduced memory utilisation and reduced output file sizes. New features include support for developing distributed computing applications, native Input/Output interface for OpenAccess 2.2, robust all-angle geometric operations and support for text and properties.

SoftJin has announced that it is adopting a hybrid model composed of outsourced R&D services and EDA Products. The outsourced R&D services are targeted to the Semiconductor Design and Manufacturing market and include EDA software development, high performance FPGA based design and design verification services for the semiconductor industry.

According to Nachiket," As per the hybrid model, we are developing our own licensable Products and technologies in addition to continuing with customised design and development services to our customers in the semiconductor space. We believe these are complementary business strategies and enable us to maximally leverage our competencies to grow the business."

Among the notable customer wins in the outsourced R&D services business, the company has set-up an Off-Shore Development Center in India for Cswitch Corporation, a semiconductor company developing high performing configurable solutions for the networking, storage, wireless base station and telecom markets. As per the agreement, SoftJin will have a dedicated team developing a variety of system tools, user tools and provide other design related services for Cswitch's configurable switch.

With inputs by Dipti Agarwal, Hyderabad

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