SAN FRANCISCO Power integrity EDA tool provider Apache Design Solutions Friday (June 30) released an enhanced version of the company's RedHawk-EV full-chip physical power integrity tool that claims to deliver at least a two-fold improvement in runtime speed and 40 percent less memory utilization compared to the preceding version.
According to Apache (Mountain View, Calif.), the tool's speedup and capacity improvements increase with the size and complexity of a chip design. In a recent tapeout support, the dynamic simulation run-time was reduced from 14-and-a-half hours to about under seven hours on a 65-nanometer design with 8 million gates, the company claimed. On a larger design with 110 million gates, RedHawk-EV version 5.3 delivered an even more significant runtime speedup with a total run-time reduction from 58 hours to 12 hours running on a 64-bit machine, according to Apache.
"As design size and complexity increases, the tools used by customers to validate their designs need to keep pace with their demands," said Dian Yang, vice president of product management at Apache, in a statement. "In spite of our significant competitive lead in runtime and capacity, Apache continues to enhance our products and technologies to meet the needs of our customers' most challenging designs."
Andrew Yang, Apache CEO, said the latest enhancements in performance and memory are obtained from upgrades to the tool's core physical database, extraction engine and simulation kernel and have no impact on waveform accuracy. "The new version improves customers' productivity by significantly reducing the overall turnaround time of deploying full-chip dynamic solutions to SoC [system-on-chip] designs at 65-nm and below," Yang said.
RedHawk-EV version 5.3 is immediately available for customer use, Apache said. All existing RedHawk-EV customers will automatically receive version 5.3 as part of their maintenance, according to the company. Pricing information was not disclosed.
Apache will be demonstrating RedHawk-EV, along with the company's other power integrity and noise management solutions at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) here July 24-27, the company said.