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Legend, Sagantec Enable Equator to Migrate and Optimize Custom Embedded Memory from 0.2 micron to 0.13 micron  

March 29, 2004 -- Legend Design Technology, Inc. and Sagantec have enabled Equator Technologies, Inc., to successfully port and optimize custom embedded memory instances for its new family of multimedia high-frequency video processors. Equator is a provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications,

"For high performance video processors the speed and reliability of embedded memory is extremely important. Our custom memories used at 0.2 micron were designed specifically with attributes to achieve desired data rates and dependability, qualities we wanted to carry over in the new video processors. To speed delivery of our latest processor in 0.13 micron CMOS technology, we used Sagantec's SiClone to automate the process migration task and Legend Design's CharFlo-Memory to generate silicon accurate instance models from layout extracted netlists." said Frans Sijstermans, Vice President, Engineering of Equator. "And, using Legend's high-accuracy MSIM circuit simulator to run the simulations associated with characterization, enabled us to get efficient results."

"To be successful in today's competitive market, semiconductor companies need to take advantage of advanced process technologies, yet minimize risk and be able to introduce products to the market very quickly," said Coby Zelnik, executive vice president and general manager of Sagantec North America. "Layout reuse and migration are a crucial part of such a strategy. With SiClone, designers can migrate large capacity layout blocks, such as memory, logic or analog circuits, implement them in the most advanced process technologies, and do so very quickly and efficiently."

"Instance modeling of embedded memory, especially for deep submicron technology is essential for SoC engineers to achieve success in high-performance designs," said Dr. You-Pang Wei, president and chief executive officer of Legend Design Technology. "By accounting for the second order effects - signal integrity, coupling, leakage power - our users can accurately and efficiently generate the highest quality memory models possible."

Go to the Legend Design Technology, Inc. website to find additional information.


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