Apache Announces the Adoption of its Power Closure Sign-off Solutions by STMicroelectronics

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 6, 2006— Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in physical power integrity solutions for system-on-chip (SoC) designs, today announced that STMicroelectronics, one of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers, has expanded its corporate-wide adoption of Apache's dynamic power closure sign-off solution, including RedHawk-EV with automated noise fixing and optimization, and low-power ramp-up analysis. Additionally, ST will augment their existing static IR-drop analysis tools with Apache's RedHawk-S -- a high performance static IR-drop and EM analysis solution. ST will use Apache's products for dynamic power sign-off in their 65nm production flow and selected 90nm designs. One of the key reasons ST selected RedHawk for its power sign-off flow is for its ability to thoroughly analyze the critical ramp-up operation of their low power MTCMOS designs.

"We've been using RedHawk for more than a year on key applications, including multimedia application processor, set-top box, 3G/GPRS broadband, and high speed networking, and we have been very pleased with its robustness and the ability to accurately identify power-related design weaknesses, including impact on timing," said Philippe Magarshack, vice president of the Central CAD And Design Solutions organization at ST.

"Apache is excited that another leading semiconductor company such as ST has placed its trust in our technology, products, and vision," said Andrew Yang, CEO of Apache. "Apache is committed to provide the best solution and support to our customers in SoC power closure."

Apache will be demonstrating RedHawk and its low power analysis capabilities at the Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE) in Munich, Germany, March 7-9, in stand #B6. ST's Nomadik(TM) project team will be presenting their experience with Apache's solutions at the DATE's Exhibition Theatre on Tuesday, March 7, at 11:40 am.

About RedHawk

RedHawk is a full-chip Vectorless Dynamic(TM) physical power integrity solution for SoC power closure sign-off of 130nm, 90nm, and 65nm designs. Certified by TSMC's 5.0 and 6.0 Reference Flow and correlated with silicon measurements and SPICE, RedHawk addresses dynamic power issues such as simultaneous switching output (SSO) for core, memory, clock, and I/O, as well as effects of on-chip inductance, package RLC, and decoupling capacitance. RedHawk delivers transistor-level accuracy with cell-based capacity, performance, and ease-of-use.

With RedHawk, designers can identify dynamic "hot spots," examine the impact on timing, accurately pinpoint the cause of dynamic voltage drop, and automatically repair the source of supply noise. RedHawk enables designers to reach power closure sign-off for high performance SoCs, including those utilizing advanced low-power design techniques such as leakage current control, MTCMOS (power-gating), multiple voltage domains, and multiple threshold transistors.

About Apache Design Solutions

Apache is an EDA software supplier of innovative next-generation silicon integrity platforms for low-power, high-performance system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. By considering all sources of noise that impacts the design, such as power, signal, package/system IO, substrate, and temperature, Apache's silicon integrity platform enables designers of leading networking, wireless, communication, consumer, and semiconductor companies to detect, fix, and prevent design weaknesses that can result in reduced yield or failed silicon. Apache's vendor-neutral platforms enable designers to adopt any industry's standard physical design flow for their toughest design challenges. Apache has direct sales and support offices worldwide with over 40 customers, including 7 of the top 10 semiconductor companies. For more information, visit www.apache-da.com.

Apache Design Solutions, NSPICE, RedHawk, PsiWinder, and Vectorless Dynamic are trademarks of Apache Design Solutions, Inc.



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