Menlo Park, California - May 15, 2007 - Nangate Inc., a leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software and Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI(R)), a leading supplier of processors and solutions for communications and consumer applications, today announced collaboration on a new methodology that greatly improves and guarantees accuracy of standard-cell libraries.
The Design Audit methodology enables both validation and tuning of timing and noise models to ensure perfect correlation between SPICE simulations of design-specific critical timing paths and sign-off Static Timing Analysis (STA) tools.
Nazar Zaidi, vice president of engineering, Scalable Processor Solutions, at RMI comments: "In leading-edge design technologies, it is essential to ensure SPICE-level accuracy of all critical timing paths. Nangate has shown the ability to meet these stringent requirements and as such, we expect Nangate to be an integral part of our design flows."
New library modeling standards such as CCS and ECSM are important for success in advanced process nodes," said Ole Christian Andersen, CEO of Nangate. "However, for our customers it is equally important to make sure that the desired level of accuracy is obtained in each case. This task is inherently design-specific and the only way to be certain that your library is accurate is to use characterization tools that can SPICE the critical paths of your specific design and validate these against your sign-off STA tool."
Nangate's characterization tool is capable of evaluating the quality of any standard-cell library against an actual design or a series of test circuits. The STA tool is directed to extract the N-worst critical paths from the design and output the corresponding SPICE netlists. The appropriate stimuli are added and the extracted paths are simulated with SPICE and correlated with the STA report. The resulting Nangate comparison report highlights any discrepancies that require further calibration and characterization.
The library verification and correlation technology is available in Nangate Design AuditTM. and as an add-on option to the Nangate Library CharacterizerTM. The first release supports HSPICE(R), the gold standard for accurate circuit simulation and PrimeTime-SI(R), the gold standard for comprehensive sign-off solutions, both from Synopsys.
Availability and Pricing
Nangate Design Audit and the Library CharacterizerTM platform are available immediately and can be licensed in several packages with a yearly license price starting at $60,000.
About Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI)
Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI(R)) is a fabless semiconductor company providing highly integrated, feature-rich products ranging from power-optimized System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solutions to High-Performance Processors for the Digital Consumer, Wireless, Networking and Security markets. RMI offers the most advanced and the most complete MIPS-Based(R) processing solutions with both 32/64-bit architectures supporting frequencies from 300MHz to 1.2 GHz. The company is headquartered in Cupertino, CA with subsidiary offices in Texas, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. More information about RMI can be found on the company's website at http://www.RazaMicro.com.
Nangate develops and markets Electronic Design Automation tools and intellectual property that allow customers to take full advantage of current and next-generation IC technologies. The company provides a unique alternative to one-size-fits-all standard-cell libraries and a low-risk alternative to custom library development or full-custom chip design. Nangate software provides a complete environment to optimize your design for maximum performance and yield while minimizing power consumption, area, and time to market. More information about Nangate can be found on www.nangate.com.