San Jose, California - Aug. 10, 2009 - Magma(r) Design Automation Inc., a provider of chip design software, announced today that Technology Leaders & Innovators (TLi), a global provider of consumer electronics products, has standardized on FineSim(tm) SPICE for verification of large analog IP designs. TLi selected the Magma software after results of an exhaustive evaluation of a number of commercially available SPICE simulation products showed that FineSim SPICE, with its scalable multi-CPU capabilities, delivered runtime that was an order of magnitude faster than traditional multi-threaded simulators.
"We design many different types of analog circuits, including PLLs, ADC/DACs and high speed I/Os, that require extremely precise simulation during the design phase," said Soon-Won Hong, vice president at TLi. "Through our evaluation, we found that FineSim SPICE provides 10 times faster simulation on a single CPU than other solutions, while meeting our accuracy requirements. Even more impressive was the scalable multi-CPU capability: we achieved better than 10 times faster simulation than conventional multi-threaded SPICE simulators. This dramatic speedup enables us to verify very large, post-layout, top-level netlists in SPICE, improving accuracy and allowing us to design and tape out with much more confidence in achieving first-pass silicon success."
"Enabled by Magma's Native Parallel Technology(tm), FineSim SPICE offers significantly higher capacity and truly scalable multi-CPU performance while delivering silicon-accurate results," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "By ensuring first-time right silicon on large designs, FineSim SPICE helps customers like TLi reduce design and manufacturing costs and increase profit margins."
FineSim SPICE: Simulating Advanced Circuits
FineSim SPICE is a SPICE-level simulation analysis tool that incorporates transistor-level simulation analysis capabilities for mixed-digital and analog designs. FineSim SPICE is a full SPICE simulation engine with distributed processing that enables customers to simulate large-scale mixed-signal system chips at the transistor level. By providing increased speed and capacity while maintaining full SPICE accuracy, FineSim SPICE enables designers to simulate advanced circuits -- such as PLLs, ADCs (analog-to-digital converters), DACs (digital-to-analog converters) and gigahertz SERDES (SERializers/DESerializers) -- that they previously would not even attempt using slower traditional SPICE simulators.
Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software is used to create complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma products for IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization are recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, providing the world's top chip companies the "Fastest Path to Silicon(tm)." Magma maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.