Posted: July 22, 2009

Toshiba Deploys Magma's IC Implementation Software for 90-, 65- and 40-nm Process Nodes

(Nanowerk News) Magma Design Automation Inc., a provider of chip design software, today announced that Toshiba Corporation, the world's leading supplier of semiconductors for consumer electronics, has deployed Magma's Talus® IC implementation software for developing ICs at 90-, 65- and 40-nanometer (nm) process nodes that target multimedia, networking and printer applications, in Toshiba worldwide design centers.
Toshiba adopted Talus after an extensive evaluation that proved the software's ability to drastically reduce turnaround time, increase designer productivity and improve quality of results. Toshiba deployed Magma design implementation software in Toshiba's Apex flows in 2001, and now has finished multiple designs including 65-nm and 40-nm tapeouts using Talus through its Apex 4.0 flow.
"Toshiba has demanding delivery schedules and performance requirements, and Magma has been instrumental in enabling us to address ever-increasing design and market challenges," said Takashi Yoshimori, Assistant Chief Technology Executive of SoC design, Semiconductor Company, Toshiba Corporation. "Talus recently allowed us to reduce turnaround time drastically and improve leakage power and area for a multi-mode SoC design with more than 10 million gates. Based on this achievement and proven track record, we are now implementing our 90-, 65- and 40-nm designs with Talus."
"For Toshiba and its customers, reducing turnaround time is key," said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "Toshiba's adoption of Talus firmly establishes Magma's software as the fastest path to silicon."
Talus: The Platform for Nanometer IC Design
Magma's Talus IC implementation is a completely unified RTL-to-GDSII system with advanced capabilities for nanometer design. To address shorter time-to-market windows, Talus is the first implementation solution to multi-process the entire IC design flow. Its front-end design system provides logic designers with a fast, high-capacity, physically aware synthesis capability. Its physical design system addresses variability and multi-mode/multi-corner complexity with new optimization, place and route, and clock tree synthesis technology. To reduce leakage and dynamic power, Talus also provides a complete low-power design system. To improve manufacturability and reliability, Talus provides built-in design-for-manufacturing (DFM) features such as redundant via and litho-aware routing for yield optimization.
About Magma
Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software is used to create complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma products for IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization are recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, providing the world's top chip companies the "Fastest Path to Silicon."(tm) Magma maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA.
Source: Carl Zeiss SMT (press release)
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