Breakthrough routing and power features help designers improve performance, capacity, low power and area concerns
SANTA CLARA, CA – June 3, 2019 – Avatar Integrated Systems, a leader in next-generation physical design solutions, today announced it has added major new features to its Aprisa™ place & route solution. Avatar introduced Sibling Routing™ and PowerFirst™ technologies in the upcoming Aprisa 19.1 release, two technologies designed to address the performance and capacity challenges of place and route at advanced process nodes, and the demands for extreme low power and smaller silicon area at mainstream nodes.
This latest innovation demonstrates Avatar's dedication to helping designers overcome some of the most daunting challenges in integrated circuit design today. For example, there's increased design complexity as well as ceaseless demand for faster computation speed in applications such as cloud computing, AI, ML, mobile, 5G, and other areas. This has spurred many companies to more quickly adopt advanced process nodes with more complex technology constraints and new design challenges.
On the other hand, emerging application areas such as Internet-of-Things (IoT), edge computing, and battery-powered devices, require extremely low stand-by and active mode power consumption.
"The 19.1 release is an evidence of our continuous technology innovation in digital place and route," said Ping-San Tzeng, CTO of Avatar Integrated Systems. "We are confident that the 7FF certification, Sibling Routing, and PowerFirst technology will greatly help our user to achieve their design successes."
The Aprisa 19.1 release includes many features that dramatically improve the runtime, capacity, design convergence, and the final quality of results (performance, power, area) of the designs. In particular, the new release introduces the following unique technologies:
• Release 19.1 includes support for TSMC 7FF technology node. Avatar collaborated with TSMC to complete rigorous certification tasks to ensure full support of the 7nm FF node in the area of design enablement, reference flow, correlation with signoff, and quality-of-results. All 7FF design collaterals are now available for immediate design start.
• Sibling Routing technology. At advanced process nodes, such as 7nm, the impact of high resistivity of wires and vias at lower metal layers can cause timing and electromigration (EM) issues. Avatar's patented Sibling Routing is an innovative technology that addresses those issues. Sibling Routing uses multiple wires and vias to connect a single net at lower layers, rather than single wire and single via, which is found in traditional routers. The new routing model provides lower net resistivity, which results in improved timing, higher clock speed, and better routability and EM reliability.
• Release 19.1 also introduces PowerFirst technology for extreme low-power design at any node. In traditional design techniques, conventional place-and-route algorithms tend to focus on maximizing design performance (timing), while minimize power and area as much as possible. This approach often leads to over-design for timing, while leaving much power saving on the table. Avatar's PowerFirst technology puts power front-and-center of the design target. It optimizes the designs for the lowest power first, then makes necessary tradeoff to meet timing. The technology includes a suite of features spanning the entire design flow, covering both standby power and active-mode power. It is the optimal place-and-route technology for today's power-sensitive designs.
Visit Avatar in Booth #967 at the upcoming Design Automation Conference (DAC) to learn more about Aprisa's Sibling Routing technology and PowerFirst. Sign up today for a private demo with Avatar at DAC. The 56th DAC will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from Sunday, June 2 to Thursday, June 6.
About Avatar Integrated Systems
Avatar Integrated Systems is a leading software company in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry focused on Physical Design Implementation. The company's products enable integrated circuit (IC) designers to create semiconductor chips, which enable today's electronic devices, such as smartphones, computers, internet equipment, IoT wearables, etc. Avatar's products are built on the proven technologies acquired from ATopTech, Inc. Avatar Integrated Systems is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with subsidiaries and offices in Taiwan, India, Japan, and Korea. The company continues to serve global customers with cutting-edge digital place-and-route technology and closely partners with customers to reach their design successes. For more information visit: www.avatar-da.com.