What is Different at Magma?

We have some innovative research. Actually it is beyond research, we have development in this area. How do you accurately time 100 million gates so that you can put it into silicon and be confident? We have some serious work there that we will be able to talk about later this year. That’s kind of our story.

Is there a sweet spot for what Magma is offering?
Yes! I would say where we really shine is on what I would call larger designs, not a 500k gate design. Once we get to 20, 30, 40 up to 100 million gates, we have a big capacity advantage. Without using any hierarchy, we have seen, we have pushed through designs around five million placeable objects, which is around 20 million gate equivalence. We know that most competitive systems that we have seen can not beat that. One of my biggest competitors, once they get above about two to three million gates in a block, their execution time goes out the window and they can not finish. We have a real advantage there. We also have with that multimode, multicorner and all the new stuff we have in clocktree, we have a real advantage at 40nm as well, particularly, because we are optimizing during routing. Timing correlation has been a real problem for a lot of people in other flows at 40nm. They get the placement, every thing looks good. They get to their first detailed routing and the timing is way off, sometimes 30% to 40%. Back to the drawing board. Because we are constantly optimizing, we seem to have a real advantage there. Over a lot of designs we are seeing no more than a 5% shift in timing after placement. That’s pretty significant. That’s where we shine; big designs and designs where getting timing closure nailed down are very complex. That is the sweet spot. And low power. I do not want to forget low power.

I talked to one of the wireless guys. It was a classic meeting. He said “There was some good stuff and some stuff you guys could do better. But one thing we will say clearly is that you guys do the best low power flow. Anything where we are concerned about power, we run your flow. We turn on MVDD. We do clock gating and all of that.”

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