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Hierarchical Reference Flow

Magma Design Automation's hierarchical RTL-to-GDSII reference flow is for the Common Platform alliance's 32/28-nanometer (nm) low-power process technology. This reference flow leverages the Talus IC implementation system's power optimization and management capabilities, the latest ARM Artisan 32/28-nm LP process libraries and the Common Platform alliance's advanced 32/28-nm process technology to enable designers to reduce power, turnaround time and cost per die.

The hierarchical reference design was implemented using Magma's Talus RTL-to-GDSII flow and the latest ARM Artisan 32/28-nm LP libraries for the Common Platform 32/28LP process libraries; standard cells, memory compilers and general-purpose IOs. This design implementation demonstrates that the flow provides key low-power design capabilities, including an automated multiple voltage-domain design methodology, validates tool and library interoperability and facilitates rapid user adoption through the inclusion of a sample design which can be accessed from Magma or the Common Platform alliance.

Talus Design and Talus Vortex provide an IC implementation solution that performs timing optimization concurrently during routing - rather than sequentially before and after place and route - for faster overall design closure with better performance and predictability. Hydra is a hierarchical design planning solution for large systems on a chip (SoCs) and features out-of-the-box reference flows for enhanced ease of use and faster delivery of better floorplans. Talus Power Pro supports power optimization techniques required in low-power designs, including multiple voltage domains, which enable the optimal tradeoff between performance, area and power and clock gating for dynamic power reduction. Talus Power Pro supports both the Unified Power Format (UPF) and Common Power Format (CPF) standards for power intent.

The Magma Reference Flow for Common Platform alliance 32/28-nm Low-Power Process is available upon request from Samsung Electronics, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Magma.

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