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EDA tool designed for large complex advanced-node designs

Posted: 13 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Vortex FX  place-and-route  distributed partitions 

Richards said Magma is working closely with all fabs to ensure it has the requisite technology in place before its customers need it. He commented: "We are already fully engaged and have significant technology solutions in place to address the new challenges at 20nm. The most obvious being the checking and routing solutions needed to meet the strict double patterning requirements needed to address the lithography challenges at this node. We will continue to work with the fabs to ensure we can keep all of our customers at the optimum point on the process node curve."

Magma's Talus Vortex FX and Talus 1.2 were unveiled on the same day (see Magma preps Talus IC implementation tool for 20nm). Richards said, "It is very much a synergy of technologies and one where we now are able to address the 'one-size-does-not-fit-all' shortfall of most tools in this arena. Remember that a Talus Vortex licence will be needed for each of the partitions during implementation and as such Talus Vortex FX is primed to absorb excess licence capacity that a customer may have. For customers with smaller licence pool sets, or ones where the design size is significantly below the approximate 3M+ cell capacity of Talus Vortex 1.2 then there will be little or no benefit seen from distribution given the already high throughput of the base Vortex 1.2 product."

Hydra and Talus Vortex FX

Richards: It is very much a synergy of technologies and one where we now are able to address the 'one-size-does-not-fit-all' shortfall of most tools in this arena.

Talus Vortex 1.2 is employed by Talus Vortex FX and as such FX enjoys all of the technology advancements that exist in the Vortex product. What is important to note is that FX just allows the continued growth of the flat implementation paradigm. Remember that there will always be some overhead in the distribution and synchronisation tasks and as such, for small designs, there would be no benefit (and indeed a potential slowdown) in using Talus Vortex FX."

Eventually, Richards said that by having both solutions at hand massively expands the solution sets that can be trialled or employed in the process of implementing growing designs. "Talus Vortex FX also shines as a fast and early "what-if" tool that adds to the designers' arsenal in the all phases of SoC development," he concluded.

The Talus Vortex FX is available now to a limited set of customers who said they could validate the throughput benefits on their design data in a few days.

There will be a formal launch of the product at the VLSI Conference 2011 to be held in Chennai between January 4-7 where Mr. Rajeev Madhavan, Chief Executive Officer, Magma Design Automation will address the media and brief on its relevance to India market.

- With inputs from Anne-Francoise Pele, EE Times

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