Doubling the capacity of Magma's previous release, the company's Blast Fusion APX Advanced Physical Design System provides a complete netlist-to-GDSII design flow for extremely complex SoC designs. Incorporating placement, routing, timing closure, and extraction, the suite brings twice the capacity, half the runtime, and a 50% smaller memory footprint than the previous version of Blast Fusion.
According to Magma's own benchmarking on customer designs, Blast Fusion APX is extremely efficient in terms of memory usage on very large designs. For example, a 657k-cell design requires only 2.3 Gbytes of peak memory.
- Company: Magma
- Product: Blast Fusion APX
- Price: $600k/year for 3 years
Behind Blast Fusion APX lies Magma's integrated architecture and single data model. The suite's timing engine was extended to include on-chip variation (OCV) effects. In Magma's flow, OCV analysis is performed during IC implementation rather than in a post-layout timing verification phase. Such approaches might turn up timing failures associated with OCV and then require back-end iterations to correct them. Magma's approach is more likely to result in correct-by-design timing.
Blast Fusion also supports multiple threshold-voltage cell libraries. These will become mainstream at 90 nm, allowing designers to have reduced leakage current in noncritical paths. The suite automatically selects the cell that meets timing while minimizing power.
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