SAN FRANCISCO EDA startup Chip Estimate Corp. Tuesday (Sept. 26) announced InCyte Enterprise, an estimation system for chip-level architectural planning and specification capture.
According to Chip Estimate (Cupertino, Calif.), the system is a unified "cockpit" that enables design creation and optimization, and then allows architectural plans to drive downstream chip implementation.
Accurate "what-if" analysis and technology data models from across the semiconductor supply chain give chip architects visibility into the technical and economic viability of design specifications within one environment, Chip Estimate said. The tool connects early specifications with the EDA tools that implement final silicon, the company said.
"To achieve an accurate chip plan, enormous amounts of technology data must be taken into consideration," said Adam Traidman, Chip Estimate president. "InCyte Enterprise incorporates data and design rules that traditionally have only been used later in the flow, giving architects a cockpit for accurate, early chip planning and enabling them to drive specifications into chip implementation flows."
According to Chip Estimate, InCyte Enterprise allows users to tap into an encapsulated design ecosystem that combines high-level design intent with embedded design rules and data provided from leading intellectual property (IP), foundry and economic data suppliers to produce accurate estimates of chip die size, power, leakage, yield and cost.
Side-by-side comparison of specifications under consideration can be performed, and the system can pass design and technology data directly into EDA floorplanning tools enabling convergence from initial specification to final silicon, according to the company.
Other features of InCyte Enterprise include architectural-level dynamic and static power profile analysis, support for advanced flip-chip packaging technologies and floorplan editing, chip Estimate said. The tool also features a wizard that captures high-level design specifications, the company said.
InCyte Enterprise is available immediately. It is priced starting from $35,000 per user, per year.