SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2009 -- Magma(R) Design Automation (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced BoardView(TM), a new software that extends CAD navigation and circuit debug from integrated circuits (ICs) to printed circuit boards (PCBs) and multichip modules (MCMs). BoardView is the only commercially available tool to integrate IC and PCB circuit debug with online signal trace and CAD navigation. With BoardView, fab teams can rapidly trace signals on the PCB from chips to board and back again and then quickly navigate failure analysis tools to X, Y locations to determine the cause of the fault.
"With the complexity of today's highly compressed PCB and MCM modules that use many chips, tracing the fault to its origin is not an easy task," said Ankush Oberai, vice president of Magma's Fab Analysis Business Unit. "Failure analysis teams need to localize and trace faults to and from the chip to the PCB and that requires microscopic CAD support at both the chip and board level -- BoardView is the first tool to offer this dual capability."
BoardView: Extending Industry-Standard Camelot CAD Navigation to Board-Level Debug
BoardView leverages Magma's Camelot(TM) technology, the industry standard for IC CAD navigation and circuit debug, to trace signals between the chip and the board. It reads industry-standard PCB and chip layout formats and displays them graphically. Formats supported include OASIS, Virtuoso, Gerber, GDSII and AutoCAD Drawing Exchange Format (DXF). Chip layouts are loaded from the Camelot database.
For every chip on the board, the user can invoke both BoardView and Camelot's MaskView. This enables the user to seamlessly move from an intra-die chip view of the layout and netlists using MaskView to a macro view of a signal trace from die to board using BoardView, making fault tracing and diagnostics much easier.
BoardView is currently in limited release and will be generally available in the first quarter of 2010. Magma will demonstrate BoardView at the 35th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis (ISTFA) in Booth #221 Nov. 17-18 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software provides the "Fastest Path to Silicon"(TM) and enables the world's top chip companies to create high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, digital video, networking and other electronic applications. Magma products are used in IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization. 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. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.