Atrenta and Aptix Partner to Deliver Predictive Analysis for Pre-Silicon Prototyping Platform; Streamlines SoC Integration and Verification

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 20, 2003— Atrenta(R) Inc., the Predictive Analysis Company(TM), and Aptix, a leading supplier of pre-silicon prototyping (PSP) tools and platforms for embedded system-on-chip (SoC) design, have partnered to develop a set of RTL coding rules for pre-silicon prototyping that ensure efficient mapping to Aptix's multi-FPGA prototyping platform. The rule-set is made available as the Aptix Policy for Atrenta's SpyGlass(R) Predictive Analyzer.

Targeted for both design and verification engineers, the Aptix Policy for SpyGlass helps both groups follow best practices and ensure code compliance with design-for-prototyping principles. For designers it provides a comprehensive set of rules around which to efficiently code their RTL for FPGAs. For verification engineers it ensures that they are receiving clean RTL while providing in-depth design information. More of the verification engineer's time can be spent discovering real design bugs as opposed to FPGA incompatibilities. The end result is a streamlined RTL-to-PSP flow, a more efficiently verified and validated SoC, and quicker time to market.

Atrenta worked directly with Aptix to define and test the most critical guidelines relating to the RTL-to-Prototype flow. Using the fast-synthesis and logic evaluation technologies of the SpyGlass platform, the Aptix Policy performs in-depth structural analysis on Verilog and VHDL RTL to flag violations. After running a design through Spyglass, users can use Aptix's Logic Mapping software, Design Pilot(TM) to map their designs to Aptix's Reconfigurable PSP, System Explorer(TM), or to any standard PCB platform. Atrenta's first release of the Aptix predictive analysis solution is comprised of a set of rules that relate to FPGA synthesis compliance, successful Prototype versus Simulation comparison, and pertinent design information for verification engineers.

Charlie Miller, Aptix Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, said, "Aptix has more experience in pre-silicon prototyping than any other company. Part of our expertise is knowing the best way to design for prototyping. This new Aptix Policy for Atrenta's SpyGlass Predictive Analyzer captures that knowledge for use by our mutual customers."

"At Atrenta we are committed to solving our customers design productivity challenges," stated Ghulam Nurie, Atrenta's Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. "It is our strategy to address our customer's critical design issues as well as optimize their tool flow. By partnering with Aptix, we bring a set of new capabilities to help our mutual customers write pre-silicon prototype ready RTL from the start. This removes late stage RTL changes and enables a smooth transition from simulation to pre-silicon prototyping."


This Aptix policy is available now for use in SpyGlass 3.3 or later. It is sold and supported by Atrenta and its distributors. It runs on Sun/Solaris 2.5 - 2.8, HP-UX 10.2 and RedHat Linux 7.

About Aptix

Aptix Corporation is a leading provider of high-performance pre-silicon prototype (PSP) solutions to System-on-Chip (SoC) developers, enabling them to accelerate their time-to-market, reduce costs and improve their product performance. Aptix's reconfigurable and portable PSPs enable hardware developers to integrate custom logic and to verify and debug complex SoC designs in a real-world environment and software developers to accelerate the firmware and application software development timeline. In addition, these flexible prototypes can be deployed for field-testing and to multiple customers for evaluation, providing a development head start. Visit Aptix on the web at Aptix is headquartered at 1338 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131.

About SpyGlass

SpyGlass(R) uses a unique predictive analysis technique to perform detailed structural analysis on Verilog and VHDL RTL in order to detect complex design problems early in the design cycle, resulting in reduced development costs, lower risk and early time to market. SpyGlass' fast-synthesis engine creates a structural representation of the design allowing the most comprehensive and accurate analysis of RTL to identify problems not normally visible in the RTL. Problems detected include clock domain crossings, synchronization, timing issues, testability problems, SoC integration requirements, RTL-handoff, design reuse, clock/reset requirements, and coding styles.

About Atrenta

Atrenta delivers predictive analysis solutions to the world's leading electronics companies, including eight of the top ten semiconductor companies. Its pioneering and award-winning SpyGlass Predictive Analysis tools accelerate the design of SoCs, ASICs, and FPGAs by detecting complex chip design problems that are not easily identified with conventional verification methods. During the past year, SpyGlass has been recognized with several distinguishing awards, including EDN magazine's Top 100 products for 2002 and "LSI Design of the Year 2002" award by Japan's Semiconductor Industry News. Atrenta was also chosen by Venture Reporter as one of the top 100 venture-backed companies for 2002 and recently named by AlwaysOn, as one of the Top 100 private companies.

Atrenta, with headquarters in San Jose, Calif., employs over one hundred people worldwide. It has European offices in England and France, a research and development center in India, and sales and support distributors in Central Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. For further information, visit the Atrenta website at, email, or call 408-453-3333. To view online demos, visit

Atrenta and SpyGlass are registered trademarks of Atrenta Inc. Aptix and System Explorer are registered trademarks of Aptix Corporation. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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