Monday, 28 March 2011 20:18

iWatt Selects Magma's Titan to Automate Analog Design

By Liz Hartney

Titan Shape-Based Router for mixed-signal designs reduces routing time from 2 weeks to 2 days

SAN JOSE and LOS GATOS, Calif., March 28, 2011 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced iWatt has adopted the Titanâ„¢ platform to improve analog design and layout productivity, and to automate difficult routing tasks including analog cell layouts and chip-level assembly. iWatt, a developer of energy-efficient digital power supply control integrated circuits (ICs) used in leading-edge power supplies, adopted Titan based on results of an extensive evaluation in which Titan enabled iWatt's designers to set up and route a design in just 2 days - an effort that would have taken more than 2 weeks to do manually.

'iWatt's mission is to exceed our customers' expectations with best-in-class products and services throughout the solutions life cycle,' said. X. Jin, Ph.D., vice president of Engineering at iWatt. 'One of the ways we do that is to utilize innovative technology - such as Magma's Titan - that shorten the analog design process and reduce power and area requirements.'

'To enable analog designers to deliver the required combination of efficiency, productivity and innovation needed for today's ICs, the analog design process must be accelerated and automated,' said AnirudhDevgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. 'By making analog routing fast, predictable and repeatable, Titan improves routing productivity by a factor of 10, allowing designers to achieve their time-to-market and performance goals. Titan should help iWatt solidify its position as one of the most innovative power IC companies in the world.'

Titan: Accelerating Analog Design

Magma's mixed-signal SoC design environment includes the comprehensive Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform and the Titan Accelerators. The Titan Mixed-Signal Platform is the industry's first true mixed-signal design platform. It integrates implementation and verification while delivering first-time-correct, predictable mixed-signal designs. The Titan mixed-signal platform includes user-friendly full-custom schematic and layout editors, an analog simulation environment and correct-by-design schematic-driven layout.

Titan Accelerators are advanced technology solutions that dramatically improve analog/mixed-signal design productivity and reuse. Titan Analog Design Accelerator (Titan ADX) is a model-based analog design and optimization tool that enables analog design reuse. ADX creates new designs from Magma's library of FlexCell building blocks, and makes existing designs reusable as FlexCell models. Titan Analog Virtual Prototyper (Titan AVP) is a layout-aware schematic design tool that performs simultaneous electrical and physical co-design for rapid schematic-to-layout convergence. Titan Analog Layout Accelerator (Titan ALX) automates migration of analog cell layouts to new process technologies while preserving design intent. Titan Shape-Based Router (Titan SBR) automates difficult routing tasks improving routing productivity by a factor of 10.

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