Magma preps Talus IC implementation tool for 20nm
12/3/2010 1:52 PM EST
In the flow of the discussion, EDA DesignLine asked Richards what type of SoCs would best illustrate Talus 1.2 performances, specificity, unique advantages.
explained that with Talus 1.2 massive MMMC capacity and industry
leading throughput, optimizing for and meeting all critical metrics
becomes far easier for any designer and for any target application.
However, he said some where the company easily stands out would be:
Meeting timing and yet still achieving challenging leakage and dynamic
power targets is made easier with a full view across all of the modes
and corners that the device will have to operate in. Being able to
optimize across the entire PVT space at once ensures that there is no
need for punitive margins that are otherwise employed when this view of
the problem is not afforded to the tool.
- Having the
ability to get to full signoff accuracy INSIDE the implementation tool
means that time consuming and potentially disruptive timing closure ECOs
are reduced or even eliminated.
- Having a fully
integrated P&R optimization environment that all optimize using the
same underlying cost algorithms ensures that early timing views are
maintained throughout the flow thus ensuring that early block estimates
are valid and can be counted on when integrated into the toplevel.
Talus 1.2 and Talus Vortex FX have been introduced on the same day. One
can legitimately ask what Talus 1.2 has that Talus Vortex FX does not
To this question, Richards answered: "Talus Vortex 1.2 is
employed by Talus Vortex FX and as such FX enjoys all of the technology
advancements that exist in the Vortex product. What is important to note
is that FX just allows the continued growth of the flat implementation
paradigm. Remember that there will always be some overhead in the
distribution and synchronization tasks and as such, for small designs,
there would be no benefit (and indeed a potential slowdown) in using
Talus Vortex FX. To employ an idiom, it should be viewed as “Horses for