|[May 21, 2014]
Pulsic Introduces First Complete Automated Layout System for Transistor-Level Analog and Custom-Digital Design: Animate
SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Existing approaches to automating analog and custom digital integrated
circuit (IC) designs have attempted to improve on portions of the design
flow, but have not managed to generate "manual-quality" layout without
significant user intervention. Pulsic, the premier provider of
innovative physical design tools for custom design automation, has drawn
on over a decade of experience helping leading-edge customers with
physical design challenges to deliver a completely automated solution
that overcomes the problem of not-as-good-as-manual analog and
Pulsic Animate™ is the first complete automated layout system built from
the ground up for transistor-level analog and custom-digital design.
Animate offers designers a simple, easy-to-use layout solution that
delivers multiple layouts from a schematic using automatic constraint
extraction and considers place and route concurrently, producing
optimal-quality results. Animate automatically generates constraints
based on netlist topology analysis, eliminating the need for
time-consuming manual constraint entry and management.
Unlike any other analog layout system, Animate employs novel
patent-pending PolyMorphic LayoutTM technology with a
database and algorithmic architecture that derives many potential layout
variations for a design. These variations crystallize into multiple,
complete, DRC/LVS-correct layouts in minutes. Designers can explore
these complete layout options in a fraction of the time needed to
produce just a single layout option by hand. Since Animate produces
layout results so quickly, parasitics are available for simulation early
in the design process, further speeding the entire design cycle. Animate
places and routes simultaneously, ensuring that each process is informed
by the other and that "manual-quality" results are achieved.
"As geometries shrink, and as leading-edge processes such as FinFETS
reach the market, manual analog design is no longer sufficient," said
Mark Williams, co-founder and CEO, Pulsic. "To get routable
placement, you need to know what the routing will look like, but if you
place and then route, you can't know this. As DRC rules increase,
iterations between layout and design are becoming onerous, butwith
Animate, you can generate multiple layouts, extract them all, and then
choose the optimal one for the desired performance criteria. A much
bigger problem space can be explored, with better results."
How Pulsic's approach delivers the automation that analog designers
Pulsic has developed an entirely new approach to transistor-level
layout: PolyMorphic Layout. The patent-pending database and
algorithmic architecture inherent in PolyMorphic Layout is what allows
Animate to generate all possible layout solutions, prune out those that
do not fit designers' criteria, and arrive at multiple optimal
solutions. The result is a set of best layouts by criteria (e.g., area)
along with the next 10% best solutions.
Animate requires no arduous set-up. A simple graphical user interface
guides the user through the flow and enables designers to visualize
layout options quickly. Constraints are derived automatically, but can
be edited by the user quickly and easily.
Designers can use Animate at an early design stage, with minimal
constraints, to explore possible layout architectures and extract early
parasitics for simulation of layout-dependent effects (LDE). This
approach can also provide far more accurate analog block/design size
estimation during floorplanning than has ever previously been possible.
With Animate, transistor-level designers gain not only the productivity
of automation, but also the ability to explore many more design options,
faster than ever before. The final result is comparable to that of an
expert manual layout, but is produced in a fraction of the time. For
additional information on Animate, please see detailed datasheet.
Pulsic will be highlighting Animate in booth #1713 at the upcoming Design
Automation Conference (DAC), June 1-5, 2014 in Moscone Center, San
Francisco, California. To register for a private demonstration of
Animate or any of Pulsic's Automated Full Chip Layout Solutions at DAC,
please visit https://www.secure-register.net/register.php?event=12628.
Pulsic is an electronic design automation (EDA) company offering
production-proven chip planning and implementation solutions for extreme
design challenges at advanced nodes. Leading semiconductor companies use
Pulsic's physical design software to achieve significant improvements in
their design productivity through layout automation using Pulsic's
advanced solutions. Complementary to existing design flows, standards,
and databases, Pulsic technology delivers handcrafted quality results
faster than manual design or other EDA software solutions. Pulsic has
delivered successful tapeouts for IDMs and fabless customers in the
memory, FPGA, custom digital, LCD, imaging, and AMS markets worldwide.
For more information, please visit http://www.pulsic.com.
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