updated 6/6/2011 10:46:36 AM ET 2011-06-06T14:46:36

SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DESIGN AUTOMATION CONFERENCE -- Magma® Design Automation (Nasdaq:LAVA), today announced the availability of a netlist-to-GDSII reference flow for GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28-nanometer (nm) super low-power (SLP) high-k metal-gate (HKMG) technology. This sign-off-ready reference flow integrates with GLOBALFOUNDRIES' sign-off verification modules and leverages the Talus® IC implementation system's unique Talus Flow Manager™ and Talus Visual Volcano™ to provide unique visualization capabilities that enable mutual customers to quickly and easily import an existing design, then analyze and evaluate its performance in the 28nm-SLP process. Unlike other IC implementation environments, Talus Flow Manager is included with Talus Vortex, eliminating the need to invest in additional tools. This reference flow works with both Magma and third-party tools to automate the entire GLOBALFOUNDRIES' sign-off methodology, ensuring mutual customers complete flexibility in tool selection.

"Minimizing risk and maximizing performance are key goals for companies implementing ICs at the 28-nm node," said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "A number of the industry's highest volume fabless companies are already using Magma for their 28-nm ICs. With this new reference flow and evaluation results, customers now have additional confidence in using Magma software and GLOBALFOUNDRIES process technology for their next-generation designs."

"As designers look to bring those next-generation, feature-rich mobile and consumer products to market, GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP technology offers a differentiated platform with true power and performance benefits," said Andy Brotman, vice president of design infrastructure at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "We are pleased to be working with Magma to offer a sign-off-ready reference flow, leveraging the Talus IC implementation system that enables customers to design with confidence and minimize their risk in today's highly competitive market environment."

Know Before You Go: The Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow

The Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow for GLOBABLFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP process is an integrated netlist-to-GDSII reference flow based on Talus Design, Talus Vortex and Talus Power Pro and the latest ARM Artisan® Physical IP for the 28-nm LP process.  Talus Design and Talus Vortex provide an advanced IC implementation solution that performs timing optimization concurrently during routing – rather than sequentially before and after place and route – providing faster overall design closure with better performance and predictability. Talus Power enables a comprehensive set of low-power design methodologies through integrated optimization engines.

The Talus Flow Manager utility within Talus Vortex provides an out-of-the-box netlist-to-GDSII design flow tuned to the 28nm-SLP process to deliver optimal results. The Talus Flow Manager includes the Talus Visual Volcano, a technology designed to help designers make better decisions faster. The Talus Visual Volcano analysis environment offers an integrated information interface that allows an engineer to quickly track many parameters of the design, including runtimes, timing, power and area. Multi-mode, multi-corner design management is made easier by simplifying the control over active versus reported scenarios, and displaying results for all scenarios concurrently. By consolidating this data into HTML charts and graphs, the Talus Visual Volcano saves designers time and improves efficiency by eliminating the need for tedious analysis of log files and textual reports. Block designers, chip integrators or design managers can now all communicate through a common format and make better design decisions as a team.

Talus Power Pro supports power optimization techniques required in low-power designs, including multiple voltage domains, which enable the optimal tradeoff between performance, area and power, and clock gating for dynamic power reduction. Talus Power Pro supports both the Unified Power Format (UPF) and Common Power Format (CPF) standards for power intent. The Talus Flow Manager easily integrates Magma's Tekton™, QCP™ and Quartz™ DRC/LVS products.

Availability

The Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow for GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP technology with the OR1200 open core design is available upon request from Magma and GLOBALFOUNDRIES at no cost to current Talus users.  ARM Artisan® Physical IP is available from ARM.

See Magma at DAC

To learn more about the Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow for the 28nm-SLP process, visit Magma in booth 1743, or in GLOBABLFOUNDRIES' booth 1517 at the 48th Design Automation Conference, June 6-8 in the San Diego Convention Center. Magma will offer demos of its complete line of technology-leading solutions that streamline customization of high-performance core designs, facilitate implementation of large SoCs, automate analog/mixed-signal design and reuse, provide the fastest throughput and predictable closure of complex application-specific chips and enable cost-effective, highly reliable memory sub system design. For more information about Magma at DAC, visit www.magma-da.com/DAC .

About Magma

Top semiconductor makers worldwide use Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software to produce chips for electronic applications including tablet computing devices, mobile devices such as smartphones, electronic games, digital video, networking, military/aerospace and memory. Magma products provide the "Fastest Path to Silicon"™ and include software for digital design, analog implementation, mixed-signal design, physical verification, circuit simulation, characterization and yield management. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Follow Magma on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MagmaEDA and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Magma. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com .

Magma and Talus are registered trademarks, and Titan and "Fastest Path to Silicon," Flow Manager, QCP, Quartz, Tekton and Visual Volcano are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-looking Statements:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that the Magma Talus-Flow-Manager-Based Reference Flow for GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP process streamlines the evaluation of the 28nm-SLP process and automates GLOBALFOUNDRIES' design methodology, and about the features and benefits of Magma and GLOBALFOUNDRIES products, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including but not limited to the ability of Magma and GLOBALFOUNDRIES products to produce the desired results, the companies' abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and the companies' decisions to continue working together. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( www.sec.gov ). The company undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Magma Design Automation
         Monica Marmie
         Director, Corporate Marketing
         408-565-7689
         mmarmie@magma-da.com

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