SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 5, 2002 --
Sequence Design Inc., the SoC Design Closure Company, today announced the
addition of IP power modeling to the company's NanoCool initiative, the
leading flow for 100 nanometer low-power/low-voltage design.
The NanoCool flow will leverage Sequence's
leadership in RTL power, concurrent optimization, and extraction to partner
with industry leaders to address the unique needs of designs at 100 nanometers
and below (see 2/25 NanoCool release for additional details). Initial partners
in the initiative include Silicon Metrics and Virtual Silicon.
With the ever-increasing complexity of System-on-chip
(SoC) design, power has become a major design concern. Intellectual property
(IP) blocks such as digital-signal-processing (DSP) cores, embedded processors,
memories, and analog and mixed signal blocks are integrated on the same
silicon. Through Sequence's SoC PowerTheater suite, designers will be able
to make decisions about packaging and power distribution early in the flow
by leveraging high-quality IP power models. This tool suite will also perform
power reduction and optimization, and thereby produce low-power designs
in a shorter amount of time. While describing power behavior and creating
power models manually is a time-consuming and error-prone process, the
automated model generation process in PowerTheater allows the users to
create power models quickly and efficiently.
"IP modeling forms the foundation of low-power
and low-voltage design," said Kevin Walsh, vice president of product management,
Sequence Design. "Within our NanoCool flow, we will offer premier customers
designing complex SoCs, as well as IP providers, a means to produce accurate
and robust power models for IP blocks."
Sequence provides a comprehensive methodology
for SoC power management. The PowerTheater suite consists of Analyst for
power analysis at the register-transfer level (RTL) and gate level, and
Designer for pre-synthesis RTL power optimization. With the introduction
of IP modeling, PowerTheater now enables designers to create detailed power
models for IP blocks. The graphical user interface steps users through
various modeling steps. While the suite supports all major industry standard
library formats (Synopsys .lib, ALF and OLA), the modeling capability utilizes
the rich syntax and versatility of the Advanced Library Format (ALF). A
user is not required to have any knowledge of the ALF syntax in order to
use the new IP modeling features. "Underneath the hood" it utilizes advanced
constructs and modeling styles afforded by the ALF format.
"With support for ALF models, Sequence's
IP modeling capability can facilitate the creation of high-quality power
models for complex IP blocks," said Dr. Wolfgang Roethig, chairman of the
IEEE P1603 ALF Workshop and senior engineering manager at NEC Electronics
Inc. "NEC Electronics will provide its customers with the required libraries
and ALF models for the PowerTheater product, and we applaud Sequence's
commitment to the industry's most accurate library modeling format."
IP modeling will be available in April 2002 as
part of the standard feature set of PowerTheater Analyst for existing customers
with current maintenance contracts, as well as new customers starting at
$80,000 for a one year time-based license in Europe and the United States.
Sequence Design, Inc., the SoC Design Closure
CompanySM, enables system-on-chip designers to bring higher-performance
and lower-power integrated circuits quickly to tapeout. Sequence's physical
design software and solutions give its more than 100 customers the competitive
advantage they need to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite
demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of sub-180 nanometer design.
Sequence has worldwide development and field
service operations. The company was formed through the merger of Sente,
Inc., Sapphire Design Automation, Inc. and Frequency Technology. Sequence
is privately held. Sequence is a member of Cadence Design Systems' Connections[tm]
and Mentor Graphics' Open Door[tm] partnership programs.
Additional information on the company can
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