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TSMC has qualified Magma Design Automation’s Titan mixed-signal platform to support the interoperability and accuracy requirements of the TSMC 40nm Interoperable Process Design Kit (IPDK).

IPDKs eliminate the need to develop and use multiple proprietary PDKs and design databases, enabling the full reuse of design data.

The combination of Titan’s advanced capabilities and the accurate process models and process data provided in the IPDK provides designers with a fast path to 65nm and 40nm mixed-signal silicon.

In addition to Titan support for 65nm and 40nm IPDKs, a number of key Magma products were previously qualified to support TSMC’s interoperable electronic design automation (EDA) technology files.

Quartz RC is qualified for the 65nm, 45nm and 40nm interoperable interconnect extraction (IRCX) formats, Quickcap NX is qualified for TSMC’s 40nm IRCX and Quartz LVS is qualified for TSMC’s 40nm interoperable layout-versus-schematic (ILVS) formats.

Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma’s custom design business unit, said: ‘Mixed-signal system-on-chip [SoC] designs allow designers to incorporate significantly more functionality onto a single chip, but are much more difficult to implement than a strictly digital or analogue chip.

‘By working together to validate the IPDK with Titan, Magma and TSMC make it much easier for designers to adopt best-in-class tools and to accelerate the mixed-signal SoC design flow without any loss of accuracy or performance,’ added Devgan.

Titan is a unified, open platform that enables the integration of digital standard-cell design with analogue circuit design.

Titan natively supports Openaccess API and emerging industry standards such as the IPDK.

The Titan platform offers schematic and layout editors with the full set of features required for full custom design.

Titan ADX, an integral part of Magma’s Titan mixed-dignal design platform, focuses on solving analogue-/mixed-signal design, optimisation and porting challenges.

Its new, model-based approach allows circuit optimisation and porting in a fraction of the time required by traditional simulation-based techniques.

Titan ADX takes the guesswork out of analogue design, while reducing power and area up to 50 per cent, according to Magma.

ADX technology enables product groups to push the design envelope for extreme performance, to centre the design for multiple process, voltage and temperature (PVT) corner cases and to reduce power and jitter.

Titan Layout Editor provides fast access and edit times and the ability to view and modify the digital placed-and-routed data.

Coupled with a fast, shape-based, analogue-aware router, Titan Layout Editor gives designers options that range from full custom to full automation to meet specific circuit requirements.

These features make Titan a suitable environment for full-custom design as well as chip-level planning, assembly and finishing.

Starting with the April 2010 release, Magma’s Titan mixed-signal design platform fully supports the TSMC 40nm and 65nm OPDKs.

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