ClearSpeed Adopts Magma`s Hydra, uses Next-Generation Floorplan Synthesis to Complete 90-nm Multicore Processor

Released on: June 10, 2008, 1:42 am

Press Release Author: PR HUB

Industry: Semiconductors

Press Release Summary: Bangalore, June 10, 2008: Magma Design Automation Inc.
(NASDAQ: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced today that ClearSpeed
Technology completed a 90-nanometer (nm) design using HydraT, Magma\'s new automated
floorplan synthesis and hierarchical design planning product.



Press Release Body: ClearSpeed, noted for delivering power-efficient,
high-performance processors, used Hydra to design a processor for massively parallel
compute applications in scientific, financial and embedded markets. One of the
panels of the multicore chip contains 3.6 million standard cells and nearly 500 hard
macros.



Hydra\'s intuitive, auto-interactive capabilities enabled ClearSpeed to develop a
final floorplan more quickly. Using Magma\'s Relative Floorplanning ConstraintsT, the
designers were able maintain the placement of associated objects and specify which
parts of the floorplan to maintain while continuing to optimize the rest.



ClearSpeed has long partnered with Magma on 130- and 90-nm processor designs.
ClearSpeed has already begun using Hydra its next-generation processor that will be
implemented in 45-nm technology. With Hydra\'s black-box technology, the designers
have been able to start making decisions on the floorplan of this 30-million cell
design using just the top-level netlist. ClearSpeed will complete the design using
the entire Magma Talus IC implementation suite and QuartzT timing and extraction
software for sign-off.



\"Our guiding principle is to deliver high-performance, highly reliable and
power-efficient systems,\" said Simon Bewick, director of Hardware at ClearSpeed. \"By
collaborating with Magma to define next-generation tools, we consistently achieve
first-time success with our processor designs. The Hydra automated technology has
increased our designers\' productivity by enabling rapid prototyping on very large
designs - starting from auto-interactive shaping and macro placement to budgeting.
Hydra has also enabled us to start design planning very early in the design cycle.\"



\"Leading-edge design firms such as ClearSpeed have enabled Magma to maintain its
technological position within the industry,\" said Kam Kittrell, general manager of
Magma\'s Design Implementation Business Unit. \"With its valuable feedback, we are
able to continue to produce a line of superior tools that now include Hydra.\"



Hydra can be used in third-party flows or integrated with Magma\'s Talus IC
implementation system. Used in conjunction with Talus Design or Talus Vortex, Hydra
offers seamless integration from prototyping to implementation within the same data
model. Hydra is seamlessly integrated with RioMagicT, Magma\'s package-aware chip
planning solution, enabling early I/O planning and placement tradeoffs for both
peripheral and flip-chip packages and full-chip DRC-clean 45-degree redistribution
layer (RDL) routing.



About Magma

Magma\'s software for designing integrated circuits (ICs) is used to create complex,
high-performance chips required in cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3
players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic
applications. Magma\'s EDA software for IC implementation, analysis, physical
verification, circuit simulation and characterization is recognized as embodying the
best in semiconductor technology, enabling the world\'s top chip companies to \"Design
Ahead of the Curve\"T while reducing design time and costs. Magma is headquartered
in San Jose, 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.



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