Tekton Static Timing Analysis Platform

Magma Design Automation launched Tekton timing analysis platform. The Tekton platform includes QCP, which is a fast, high-capacity, full-chip extractor that delivers results with the accuracy of the industry standard, QuickCap. Tekton and QCP are in limited release. According to Magma, Tekton is the only STA solution that meets the multi-scenario analysis problems of today and five years from now — on a single machine without any investment in new hardware. General availability will begin in June 2010.

Tekton Highlights

  • Fast, Accurate, High-Capacity Static Timing Analysis
    Designed to more efficiently handle on-chip-variation (OCV), composite current source (CCS) models and crosstalk analysis, Tekton overcomes the speed, capacity and accuracy limitations of traditional static timing analysis (STA) tools. Tekton meets the runtime, capacity and accuracy requirements for sign-off through an architecture designed to accommodate more than 100 million instances and greater than 15 PVT corners. Tekton’s multi-threaded architecture provides near-linear scaling on up to 24 CPUs. For a single timing scenario, with OCV and crosstalk enabled, Tekton performs timing analysis on designs greater than 10 million cells in minutes.

  • QCP Full-Chip Extractor
    QCP’s architecture enables efficient multi-corner extraction with minimal increases in runtime as additional process, voltage and temperature (PVT) corners are added for each process node migration. Built on a similar architecture to Tekton, QCP is fully multi-threaded for near linear performance on up to 32 CPUs. Tekton and QCP can be used together in a single STA timing session for very fast and accurate what-if analysis for engineering change orders (ECOs).

  • Tight Integration Means Fewer and Faster ECO Loops
    Coupling Tekton’s timing analysis with QCP’s extraction in a single session allows designers to simultaneously iterate through the timing closure process of analyzing, fixing and extracting nets. The ability to make changes and get accurate timing results can drastically reduce the amount of time spent in trial-and-error ECO loops.

  • Multi-Mode/Multi-Corner Analysis Speeds Turnaround Times and Reduces Costs
    Tekton performs extremely fast, multi-scenario analysis on a single machine and provides the accuracy of existing sign-off solutions. Over a variety of designs with 5 to 50 scenarios enabled, Tekton performs timing analysis, with OCV and crosstalk enabled, in less than one hour on a single CPU.

  • Increasing Accuracy, Reducing the Timing Closure Burden
    To address the timing closure challenges design teams face at 40 nm and below, Tekton supports advanced OCV (AOCV) margin reduction techniques. By incorporating AOCV into timing closure flows, design teams can minimize global pessimistic margins that lengthen tapeout schedules and potentially increase die sizes. For critical path and net analysis, Tekton and QCP offer high accuracy modes that leverage Tekton’s integrated SPICE engine and QCP’s accurate extraction.

More info: Magma Design Automation