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Animate accelerates design layout time from one week to one day

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pulsic,
the premier provider of custom physical design tools for precision
design automation of analog/mixed-signal designs, today announced that Silicon
Labs
will use Pulsic’s Animate solution for its forthcoming IC
analog designs.

Pulsic’s Animate
is the first complete automated layout system built from the ground up
for transistor-level analog design. Animate overcomes traditional
challenges to automating analog IC design, in which solutions have
attempted to improve specific portions of the design flow, but still
required significant user intervention to generate “manual-quality”
layout.

Animate not only automates the layout, but its new and innovative
interactive features give layout designers the ability to add their
expertise and fine tune the automated results early in the layout
process.

“In our initial evaluation of Animate, we needed to achieve both
efficiency and quality for our analog IC layouts, and Animate provided
excellent results equal to using traditional approaches but in far less
time,” said Stretch Young, director of layout at Silicon Labs.
“Collaborating with Pulsic, we see opportunities to improve the quality
of our layout, which will increase productivity and save design time.”

Built specifically for analog layout, Animate’s PolyMorphic LayoutTM
technology delivers multiple layouts from a schematic using
automatic constraint extraction and truly simultaneous placement and
routing. Animate gives designers an easy-to-use layout tool that
automatically generates constraints based on netlist topology analysis.
This eliminates the need for time-consuming manual constraint entry and
management. While constraints are derived automatically, they can be
edited by the user quickly and easily to explore various layout
configurations.

“We are pleased to partner with Silicon Labs and support their design
teams in producing quality layouts with ease of use, allowing accurate
simulations early in the design process,” said Mark Williams, co-founder
and CEO, Pulsic. “Once the schematics are loaded into Animate, within 10
minutes the designer has layout options that can be fine-tuned if
required with no loss of quality. Our collaboration will allow Silicon
Labs to achieve results in one day that would have taken one week with
traditional layout approaches.”

Visit Pulsic in Booth #936 at the upcoming Design
Automation Conference (DAC)
to learn more about Animate and the
company’s physical design solutions. Sign up today for a private
demo
with Pulsic 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 Pulsic

Pulsic is an electronic design automation (EDA) company offering
production-proven chip planning and implementation solutions for extreme
custom 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 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.

Pulsic and Pulsic Animate are trademarks of Pulsic Limited. Any other
trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective
owners.

Contacts

Michelle Clancy, Cayenne Communication — 503-702-4732, [email protected]