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SMIC and Magma Announce RTL-to-GDSII Reference Design Flow for 0.13-Micron SoCs

15 Nov 2005

0.13-Micron SoCs
Shanghai  [2005-11-15]

Validated flow leverages Blast Create, Blast Plan Pro, Blast Power and Blast Fusion to deliver better performance, lower power and higher yield

SANTA CLARA, Calif., U.S., and SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 15, 2005 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981) jointly announced today the availability of a validated reference flow based on Blast Create™, Blast Plan™ Pro, Blast Fusion® and Blast Power™ for systems on chip (SoCs) targeted at SMIC's advanced 0.13-micron process. The flow is the result of a partnership forged earlier this year, and the two companies have subsequently worked together to refine the flow and ensure the successful tape-out of Legend Silicon's design. The combined efforts further showcase SMIC's design services team's capability to deploy the Magma software's advanced features such as power minimization, signal and power integrity analysis and hierarchical floor planning to tape out an SoC in a matter of weeks.

"Magma's leading-edge EDA system combined with SMIC's state-of-the-art process and design services enabled us to tape out the design on time and meet our cost and performance goals," said Dinesh Venkatachalam, vice president of Engineering at Legend Silicon. "The flow has been simplified to dramatically shorten the time from initial concept to market. We look forward to implementing Magma and SMIC flows for 90-nanometer, 65-nanometer and smaller process nodes."

"We're very pleased with the results of our collaboration with Magma," said Paul Ouyang, vice president of Design Services at SMIC. "The successful tape-out demonstrates the advantages of SMIC's proven 0.13-micron process technology and Magma's software. We are committed in continuing to work together to jointly provide our mutual customers solutions that substantially reduce die size, increase performance and enhance yield."

"The fact that we were able to develop, validate and deliver this flow in such a short time illustrates SMIC's and Magma's technical expertise and commitment to providing our customers with advanced solutions," said Michael Ma, vice president of Foundry and IP Relationships at Magma.

About SMIC
SMIC (NYSE: SMI, SEHK: 0981.HK) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing at 0.35-micron to 90-nanometer and finer line technologies to customers worldwide. Established in 2000, SMIC has four 8-inch wafer fabrication facilities in volume production in Shanghai and Tianjin. In the first quarter of 2005, SMIC commenced commercial production at its 12-inch wafer fabrication facility in Beijing. SMIC also maintains customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. As part of its dedication towards providing high-quality services, SMIC has achieved ISO9001, ISO/TS16949, OHSAS18001, TL9000, BS7799 and ISO14001 certifications. For additional information, please visit

About Magma
Magma is a leading provider of software for semiconductor design. The world's top chip companies use Magma's EDA products to design and verify complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for communications, computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design, and the company's integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM. Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices around the world. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at