Nassda, Virage Logic to optimize verification of embedded memory

May 14, 2002 – Santa Clara, CA – Nassda Corp. and Virage Logic Corp. have integrated Nassda’s HSIM timing, power, and signal-integrity analysis software into Virage Logic’s Embed-It! software, an embedded memory design platform.

The solution provides the performance characteristics of memory IP needed by SoC designers, and thereby increases confidence in achieving first-time silicon success, the companies reported.

Nassda is also a member of Virage Logic’s Memory Alliance Program.

“Design engineers can hardly keep up with the large number of process choices from the different foundries,” said Raymond Leung, VP of engineering at Virage Logic. “They need a way to quickly and accurately characterize their new memory designs to insure performance matches specification when a different process is used. By working closely with Nassda, we have created a solution that automatically and accurately measures memory performance and characterizes design data.”

Targeted for applications as varied as low-voltage, low-power digital hearing aids to high performance Internet routing and search engines, Virage Logic embedded memories must meet widespread customer requirements. In addition, the wide proliferation of process variations from the different foundries has prompted a need for rapid characterization, making accurate circuit simulation even more critical. HSIM, integrated into Virage Logic’s AutoChar instance-based characterization product, provides rapid timing characterization for process variations, the companies said.


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