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Trio offers UPF-based low-power EDA tools

Posted: 24 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Unified Power Format  Mentor Graphics  Magma Design 

Magma Design Automation Inc., Mentor Graphics Corp. and Synopsys, Inc. are now delivering low-power EDA tools based on the Accellera-developed Unified Power Format standard, UPF 1.0. This includes a broad range of implementation and verification products from the three companies. This new UPF product support further enhances key low-power capabilities in the companies' tools while expanding industry interoperability, especially when compared to other available options.

"Power management is a key challenge for all leading-edge chip designs, whether they are targeted for wireless consumer devices or large compute servers plugged into the wall," said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "It's not sufficient for each EDA tool to handle these challenges individually?all the tools that make up the design environment, including implementation, verification and analysis, must do so in a consistent manner. UPF enables tool interoperability, allowing effective specification and power management across the entire design tool spectrum, and brings tremendous value to the design community."

The UPF standard enables end users to create a consistent, succinct, unified description of the low power design intent for use by EDA tools offering advanced features for design and verification of today's low power ICs. This benefits designers in two key ways, say the companies. First, UPF supports integrated low power design flows from RTL to silicon, enabling consistent low power design intent to be applied and used throughout the flow. Second, the UPF standard enables interoperability, so tools from over two- thirds of the EDA marketplace can be used together utilising the same low power methodology and design specifications.

The three companies will present at an Accellera UPF Update during the System Design Forum 2008 at the EDS Fair in Yokohama, Japan this week.

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