Magma RTL-to-GDSII Flow Aids MIPS Processor IP

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14, 2010 Magma® Design Automation (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced availability of a validated Talus®-based RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for system-on-chip (SoC) designs that incorporate high-performance embedded microprocessor cores from MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), including the MIPS32® 1004K™, 74K®, 34K® and 24K® families. With this reference flow and the MIPS® IP, mutual customers can achieve repeatable results and speed deployment of advanced SoCs.

Based on Talus 1.1, the latest release of Magma’s IC implementation system, the flow leverages the Talus Design synthesis tool’s enhanced clock tree synthesis and the Talus COre™ technology which performs timing optimization concurrently during routing. These advanced capabilities allow designers to achieve timing closure faster. In addition, synthesis results using these reference flows for Talus 1.1 show performance improvements of as much as seven percent when compared to results using Talus 1.0.

“With today’s tight time-to-market requirements, design teams don’t have time to set up and validate design flows,” said Art Swift, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies.  “We’re seeing increasing traction in the market for MIPS’ highest performance processor cores. Using the Talus-based reference flow with these cores, MIPS’ and Magma’s mutual customers can accelerate design and delivery of innovative SoC devices to meet the ever increasing challenges of today’s advanced applications for digital home, networking, mobile devices and beyond.”

“Successful SoC implementation is dependent on having reliable IP and a proven flow,” said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit.  “By incorporating advanced capabilities into Talus 1.1, such as early clock tree modeling, advanced crosstalk optimization, concurrent optimization during routing and providing reference flows, Magma is equipping designers with the technology they need for silicon success.”

The reference flow is available now from Magma.  Magma will demonstrate its entire line of chip design software in Booth #602 at the 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC) June 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.  For information about Magma’s activities at DAC, visit

About Magma

Magma’s electronic design automation (EDA) software provides the “Fastest Path to Silicon”™ 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.  Follow Magma on Twitter at and on Facebook at  Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

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Magma Design Automation Inc.

1650 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA, 95110

tele: 408.565.7500
fax: 408.565.7501

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