Magma unveils reference flow for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28-nm low-power technology

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Unlike other IC implementation environments, Talus Flow Manager is included with Talus Vortex, eliminating the need to invest in additional tools. This reference flow works with both Magma and third-party tools to automate the entire GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ sign-off methodology, ensuring mutual customers complete flexibility in tool selection.     

"Minimizing risk and maximizing performance are key goals for companies implementing ICs at the 28-nm node,” said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “A number of the industry’s highest volume fabless companies are already using Magma for their 28-nm ICs. With this new reference flow and evaluation results, customers now have additional confidence in using Magma software and GLOBALFOUNDRIES process technology for their next-generation designs.”     

“As designers look to bring those next-generation, feature-rich mobile and consumer products to market, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28nm-SLP technology offers a differentiated platform with true power and performance benefits,” said Andy Brotman, vice president of design infrastructure at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “We are pleased to be working with Magma to offer a sign-off-ready reference flow, leveraging the Talus IC implementation system that enables customers to design with confidence and minimize their risk in today’s highly competitive market environment.”     

The Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow for GLOBABLFOUNDRIES’ 28nm-SLP process is an integrated netlist-to-GDSII reference flow based on Talus Design, Talus Vortex and Talus Power Pro and the latest ARM Artisan Physical IP for the 28-nm LP process. Talus Design and Talus Vortex provide an advanced IC implementation solution that performs timing optimization concurrently during routing – rather than sequentially before and after place and route – providing faster overall design closure with better performance and predictability. Talus Power enables a comprehensive set of low-power design methodologies through integrated optimization engines.     

The Talus Flow Manager utility within Talus Vortex provides an out-of-the-box netlist-to-GDSII design flow tuned to the 28nm-SLP process to deliver optimal results. The Talus Flow Manager includes the Talus Visual Volcano, a technology designed to help designers make better decisions faster. The Talus Visual Volcano analysis environment offers an integrated information interface that allows an engineer to quickly track many parameters of the design, including runtimes, timing, power and area. Multi-mode, multi-corner design management is made easier by simplifying the control over active versus reported scenarios, and displaying results for all scenarios concurrently. By consolidating this data into HTML charts and graphs, the Talus Visual Volcano saves designers time and improves efficiency by eliminating the need for tedious analysis of log files and textual reports. Block designers, chip integrators or design managers can now all communicate through a common format and make better design decisions as a team.     

Talus Power Pro supports power optimization techniques required in low-power designs, including multiple voltage domains, which enable the optimal tradeoff between performance, area and power, and clock gating for dynamic power reduction. Talus Power Pro supports both the Unified Power Format (UPF) and Common Power Format (CPF) standards for power intent. The Talus Flow Manager easily integrates Magma’s Tekton, QCP and Quartz DRC/LVS products.    

The Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28nm-SLP technology with the OR1200 open core design is available upon request from Magma and GLOBALFOUNDRIES at no cost to current Talus users. ARM Artisan Physical IP is available from ARM.     

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