STMicroelectronics adapts Magma`s Blast Create SA

Released on = July 26, 2006, 4:47 am

Press Release Author = PRHUB

Industry = Semiconductors

Press Release Summary = Integrated flow proven to deliver better timing, area and
turnaround time for structured ASIC designs

Press Release Body = Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of
semiconductor design software, today announced that STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)
has successfully implemented a via-programmable embedded structured ASIC platform
using Magma's Blast CreateT SA. The embedded block was implemented in a
110-nanometer (nm) process and will be used to customize functions in multifunction
printer applications. With the Magma software's integrated implementation and
excellent correlation, STMicroelectronics' was able to meet tight timing, area and
schedule constraints. As a result of this success, STMicroelectronics is now
adopting the Magma flow for all the customizations of its SpearTM Head 200
configurable SoC.

"To meet the demands of the printer market, we need to perform customizations of our
configurable SoC in an efficient manner and with a fast turnaround, key factors in
this market," Loris Valenti said, design director, Computer Peripherals Group,
STMicroelectronics. "We used the Magma system because it offered several critical
capabilities. Blast Create SA's structure-specific timing optimization allowed us to
manage the mapping of the RTL into the programmable logic cells, enabling us to
fully leverage the structured ASIC fabric embedded in our SpearTM product, achieve
timing and minimize area."

"We're very pleased to work with ST on advanced techniques to achieve aggressive
design goals while drastically reducing the cost and cycle time for derivative IC
products," says Kam Kittrell general manager of Magma's Design Implementation
Business Unit. "The method of mixing metal-programmable logic arrays with
conventional standard-cell design is increasingly being used for many high-volume
applications and therefore reduces the time to market for the first device and
future revisions."

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

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