IDT Adopts Simplex's VoltageStorm SoC Leading Communications IC Provider Says Power Grid Verification Essential in 0.13-Micron Design Flow
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Simplex Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLX - news), a leading provider of software and services for the design and verification of integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that leading communications integrated circuit provider IDT (Nasdaq: IDTI - news) has adopted Simplex's VoltageStorm(TM) SoC power grid verification software as a standard part of IDT's next-generation design flow for its value-added communications ICs. IDT will use VoltageStorm SoC -- the leading power grid verification solution -- to verify the impact of deep-submicron effects -- such as power grid IR (voltage) drop and electromigration risk, on IDT's advanced semiconductor products targeted at communications infrastructure applications.
"Power grid verification is an essential step for designs targeted at and below 0.13 micron," said Anwar Hasan, director of design automation at IDT. "We selected Simplex's VoltageStorm SoC because of the accuracy of the embedded transistor-level engine fueling the tool's fast, hierarchical power grid analysis and verification. With VoltageStorm SoC as part of our next-generation design flow, we're confident that we will be able to understand and account for the impact of voltage drop on our designs before tapeout."
Until the advent of deep-submicron process technologies, IR drop was considered a second- or third-order effect. Today's high-performance SoC designs, with their increasing chip size and number of integrated IP blocks, as well as decreasing power supply voltages, are at increased risk for IR drop-related failures due to the unpredictable flow of power in and around embedded blocks. At 0.13 micron, IR drop has become a signal integrity issue, and can have direct impact on a chip's timing. Accordingly, SoC designers require verification tools with an embedded transistor-level engine for accuracy combined with automated, hierarchical model generation to rapidly provide a solution to the timing, power and signal-integrity issues of 0.13-micron design.
"Leading-edge companies, like IDT, understand that at ultra-deep-submicron technologies, IR drop is a first-order effect that can have broad-ranging impact on a chip's timing and reliability," said Jim Bailey, general manager of Simplex's SoC verification business. "We are very pleased to be able to provide IDT with a solution to this critical problem, helping them to achieve first-silicon success for their advanced process technology designs."
IDT enhances the global network with semiconductor solutions for communications companies that lead innovation and drive convergence in voice, data and wireless networks. Communications-industry leaders choose IDT for its high-performance products that accelerate time to market and boost bandwidth in the network infrastructure. IDT's communications-specific products include integrated processors, IP co-processors and telecom products; its foundational product portfolio is comprised of the industry's broadest selection of FIFOs, multi-ports, and clock management products; and the company's product mix also incorporates high-performance digital logic and SRAMs to meet the requirements of communications systems.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company employs approximately 3,800 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in California, Oregon, the Philippines and Malaysia. IDT stock is traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol "IDTI." Additional information about IDT is easily accessible at www.idt.com or on CD-ROM by calling 800-345-7015. The investor hotline is 408-654-6420.
Simplex Solutions, Inc. provides software and services for the design and verification of integrated circuits to enable its communications, computer and consumer-products customers to achieve first-time production success and rapid delivery of complex systems-on-chip. Simplex's customers use its products and services prior to manufacture to design and verify the integrated circuits to help ensure that the integrated circuits will perform as intended, taking into account the complex effects of deep-submicron semiconductor physics. Simplex can be reached at 408-617-6100 or on the web at www.simplex.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements (including, without limitation, information regarding IDT benefiting from the use of VoltageStorm SoC and its use ensuring first-silicon success) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the results of Simplex to differ materially from management's current expectations.
Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors including, among others: future strategic decisions made by Simplex and/or IDT; competitive developments; demand for advanced semiconductor chips and the verification software that supports their production; and the rapid pace of technological change in the semiconductor industry. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties described in Simplex's most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Simplex assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release.
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