SAN FRANCISCO Magma Design Automation Inc. said Monday (Sept. 21) it has donated specifications for low-power technology to EDA standards organization Accellera's Unified Power Format (UPF) standardization effort.
On Tuesday, Synopsys Inc. also donated technology to Accellera's UPF effort. The two companies, bitter rivals in the marketplace and courtroom, are apparently on the same side in the drama being played out over two alternate power standards efforts currently in motion.
No. 1 EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. is pushing its own Common Power Format, which it has said is past the Accellera development stage and ready to go to IEEE for standardization.
Accellera hosted a UPF technical subcommittee kickoff meeting last week in Santa Clara, Calif. The effort was advanced by companies wary of the way Cadence was moving to push its standardization effort through without wide involvement. The hope is that the two standardization efforts will eventually merge into one.
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Magma (Santa Clara, Calif.) target requirements for logic synthesis, physical synthesis, library modeling, power analysis, special cells, design-for-test and automatic test pattern generation, Magma said.
"We are very excited to see Magma collaborating with other EDA vendors and users in developing a standard in this area," said Shrenik Mehta, Accellera chair.