Magma announces integrated advanced low - power reference flow For IBM- Chartered 90- Nanometer Common Platform

Released on = March 1, 2006, 5:17 am

Press Release Author = Shahid/PRHUB

Industry = Semiconductors

Press Release Summary = Blast power solution optimizes dynamic power, minimizes
leakage power,
and supports automated power planning and analysis

Press Release Body =
Bangalore., March 1, 2006: Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider
of semiconductor design software, today announced the availability of an advanced
low-power IC implementation reference flow for the 90-nanometer low-power process
offered through the IBM-Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Common Platform. The
Magma flow, featuring Blast PowerT, Blast Fusion, Blast CreateT and Blast RailT NX,
addresses the three major concerns of power management: dynamic power, leakage power
and power distribution. It has been qualified using real-world designs and
Blast Power optimizes dynamic power by using the flexibility of voltage islands to
selectively shut down different regions of a chip, it minimizes leakage power with
libraries that automatically select the best cells to satisfy leakage power
requirements, and it enables optimal power distribution through automatic power grid
The low-power reference flow guides designers through an RTL-to-GDSII methodology
enabling fast, optimal timing-versus-power and area-versus-power tradeoffs at
different stages of the implementation flow. With the ability to address power
considerations during implementation and within a single environment, designers can
minimize the power consumption of the design and reduce turnaround time. In
addition, manufacturability is now addressed in the place-and-route tech files.
The low-power reference flow is part of Magma's design enablement kit for the
IBM-Chartered Common Platform, which also includes a test design that exercises all
the low-power features, including automatic level shifter insertion. The
RTL-to-GDSII script and methodology guide comprise the rest of the kit, which is
qualified by IBM and Chartered and available now through Magma at
"The continued momentum behind the IBM-Chartered Common Platform by key design
enablement partners such as Magma will help further accelerate the transition to
90nm and beyond for our mutual customers," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of
worldwide marketing and platform alliances at Chartered. "With these
production-proven flows, designers have a low-risk approach to getting from concept
to silicon and have the flexibility to work with two of the leading manufacturers,
minimizing any re-design required to move between them."
"Magma provides a design solution optimized for power reduction and power management
that is well-suited to support our low-power process technology," said Steve
Longoria, vice president, Semiconductor Common Platform for IBM Systems & Technology
Group. "We are pleased to extend this successful relationship which expands the
Common Platform ecosystem at 90 nm, enabling clients to maximize the benefits of
leading-edge technology and choice."
\"We are excited to be able to help extend the benefits of this common platform for
customers through our advanced low-power flow, which is optimized for the
IBM/Chartered design process," said Michael Ma, vice president of foundry and IP
relationships at Magma. "Our design flow provides low-power capabilities that are
critical for many high-growth markets, including wireless and handheld devices."
About Magma
Magma's software for integrated circuit (IC) design is recognized as embodying the
best in semiconductor technology. The world\'s top chip companies use Magma\'s EDA
software to design and verify complex, high-performance ICs for communications,
computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time
reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation,
analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design, and
the company\'s integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers \"The Fastest Path from RTL
to Silicon\"T. Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices around the
world. Magma\'s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma
Design Automation on the Web at
For editorial queries only contact Shahid/ Deepa of PRHUB @22998141/22483008

Blast Fusion and Magma are registered trademarks, and Blast Power, Blast Create,
Blast Rail and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design
Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.
Forward-Looking Statements:
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in
this press release, including statements that the Magma reference flow optimizes
dynamic power, minimizes leakage power, and supports automated power planning and
analysis, and about the performance of the Magma reference flow, are forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the \"safe harbor\" provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are
subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially including, but not limited to Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly
changing technology and its products' abilities to produce desired results. Further
discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma\'s public
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( Magma undertakes
no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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Contact Details = mohammed Shahid
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