AltaSens tapes out Multimillion - Gate, High performance CMOS Image sensor with Magma`s Blast Create and Blast Fusion
Released on = September 11, 2006, 2:54 am
Press Release Author = prhub
Industry = Semiconductors
Press Release Summary = Seamless RTL-to-GDSII flow eliminated iterations, reduced cost of design and improved QoR
Press Release Body = Magmaģ Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that AltaSens, the premier supplier of high-performance image sensors for high-definition video, taped out a multimillion-gate, high-performance, mixed-signal image sensor using Magma's products Blast CreateT and Blast FusionT.
\"Two key issues for us are increasing performance and reducing area for our chip designs, and Magma makes that possible," said Roberto Marchesini, director of Engineering of AltaSens. "Blast Create and Blast Fusion concurrently optimize for timing and area, delivering significantly better quality of results and faster turnaround.\"
The Blast Create RTL-to-placed-gates and Blast Fusion physical design software provided advanced capabilities that were key to enabling AltaSens to meet their performance and time-to-market goals. The large pixel array of the AltaSens design had to fit into very tight area constraints and odd-shaped regions. Magma's tightly integrated RTL-to-GDSII flow enabled AltaSens to meet the area and shape constraints and still meet tight timing requirements. With the help of Magma's advanced placement features, AltaSens designers were able to achieve a fully automated methodology to implement their decoupling techniques.
"AltaSens is an innovative startup in an exciting new market segment & also being the premier supplier of high performance CMOS image sensors for the emerging world of high definition video," said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "We're pleased that Blast Create and Blast Fusion were effective in meeting AltaSens' design requirements."
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 electronic design automation (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 its 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 www.magma-da.com.
Magma and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks, and Blast Create and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. All other product and company names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that Magma software reduces area and improves chip performance and about the features and benefits of Magma software 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, its products' abilities to produce desired results and AltaSens' decision to continue using the software. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma\'s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.