Magma Design Automation is set to release a follow-up to the GateScope noise analysis tool it acquired when it bought Moscape.
The new tool is expected to be tightly integrated with Magma's core BlastFusion chip implementation tool, and should be launched in Q3. Magma has already stopped actively promoting the current GateScope and its companion ChipScope tool.
Rajeev Madhavan, president and CEO of Magma, said: "We are rewriting GateScope and ChipScope and are not pushing the existing versions. We will continue to support existing customers but the development team is working on the new tool."
The company is increasingly focusing its products on the analysis second-order effects in deep submicron chips, as the design emphasis shifts from pure timing closure. More types of analyses are steadily being fed into the place-and-route flow.
Madhavan said: "There are four quadrants in the verification arena. There are functional verification, formal verification, and structural physical analysis for design rule checking.
"Then, you have a category I can only describe as miscellaneous. It includes RC extraction, static timing analysis, noise and IR-drop analysis. All those analyses are interrelated, so the market is going to change there.
"At the moment, there are monster files going between systems. Noise and IR-drop complicates the issue because you need information on things such as coupling. The file is becoming useless."
Madhavan identifies a tighter integration with implementation tools as being vital to reducing runtimes and memory load on workstations, pointing to Magma's experience with performing RC extraction calculations on-the-fly and using them to produce timing calculations.