SANTA CLARA, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 27, 2008— Ciranova(TM) and Magma(R) Design Automation (NASDAQ: LAVA) today announced that Magma's Titan(TM) mixed-signal design platform supports IPL (Interoperable PCell Libraries) standards and Ciranova(TM) PyCell(TM) libraries for next-generation analog/mixed-signal designs. PCells (parameterized cells) are the fundamental building blocks for analog physical designs. PCell interoperability among design tools and flows is essential to improve analog and custom designer productivity. The traditional approach using PCells is based on a proprietary language, inhibiting interoperability.
"The evolution of analog design has been hampered by a lack of
automation, integration and tool interoperability," said Suk Lee,
general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "Ciranova
PyCell libraries provide an open and inclusive PCell mechanism. We're
pleased to support IPL standards and PyCells libraries and to help
break the bottleneck imposed by proprietary PCell technology."
"Magma's commitment to supporting IPL standards is a big step
toward realizing the IPL Alliance charter of increasing productivity
through interoperability," said Eric Filseth, chief executive officer
of Ciranova a member of IPL. "We're excited to be working with Magma
to deliver PyCell support in Titan at its launch. Magma's selection of
PyCells as the preferred PCell mechanism for Titan demonstrates its
commitment to delivering a market-leading product that features
interoperability with tools from other vendors from the very start."
Magma has been a member of the IPL Alliance since May 2007 and is
currently involved in IPL technical Working Groups. For more
information on IPL and Magma's support of IPL, Magma users can visit
the IPL booth at the Partners Fair at MUSIC, Magma's user conference,
Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
IPL (Interoperable PCell Libraries) is an industry alliance
established on April 2007 to collaborate on the creation and
distribution of an open-source interoperable PCell library that
supports the OpenAccess database from the Silicon Integration
Initiative (Si2). In November 2007, IPL formed three technical working
groups for Properties and Parameters, PCells and Constraints, expanded
its charters to address broader interoperability issues with foundry
process design kits (PDK) and design flows. IPL current members
include Applied Wave Research (AWR), Ciranova, Helic, JEDAT, Magma
Design Automation, Silicon Canvas, Silicon Navigator, Synopsys and
Virage Logic. Mentor Graphics and Pulsic are supporting members. Visit
IPL Alliance on the Web at www.iplnow.com
Ciranova(TM) is an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) company,
focused on building open, interoperable technology for analog and
mixed signal (AMS) physical design automation. Ciranova's technology,
built from the ground up on the industry standard OpenAccess database
from Si2, will bring the integration, productivity and migration
benefits of modern automation tools to custom and AMS designers.
Ciranova's PDK productivity solution, PyCell Studio(TM), available as
a free download from www.ciranova.com, is the world's most widely used
toolset for creating interoperable PCells.
Magma's software for designing integrated circuits (ICs) is used
to create complex, high-performance chips required in cellular
telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video,
networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications.
Magma's EDA software for IC implementation, analysis, physical
verification, circuit simulation and characterization is recognized as
embodying the best in semiconductor technology, enabling the world's
top chip companies to "Design Ahead of the Curve"(TM) while reducing
design time and costs. Magma is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.,
with offices around the world. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under
the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at
Ciranova, PyCell Studio, PyCell and are trademarks of Ciranova,
Inc. Magma is a registered trademark and "Design Ahead of the Curve"
and Titan are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other
product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the
matters set forth in this press release, including statements that
Titan supports IPL standards and PyCells, and interoperates with other
mixed-signal tools and flows, and about the features and benefits of
Magma's and Ciranova's software are forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are
subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially including but not limited to the ability of Magma's
and Ciranova's products to produce the desired results and the
companies' abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology.
Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be
found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (www.sec.gov). The company undertakes no additional
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.