BARCELONA, Spain—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 4, 2008— Elastix Corporation, with research and development (R&D) offices here, today announced its intent to be the first electronic design automation (EDA) provider to automatically generate variability-aware asynchronous implementations of synchronous, digital integrated circuit (IC) designs.
"Variability-aware asynchronous designs are ideal for low-energy
consumption, high-performance, and ease of architecture and
implementation of large chips," says Vigyan Singhal, chief executive
officer and co-founder of Elastix. "Implementing asynchronous
techniques has required manual design or significant and unacceptable
changes to the standard ASIC design flow, making it an impractical
methodology until now."
For any synthesizable digital design, the Elastix
design-for-variability (DFV) technology will be able to generate a
functionally equivalent (asynchronous) physical implementation that
responds automatically to variability, and self-adjusts according to
process, voltage, temperature and logic conditions. It will work
within a traditional application specific integrated circuit (ASIC)
synchronous design flow, allowing digital chips to run at optimal
energy efficiency, especially for multi-mode and multi-voltage
designs. The technology will remove the need for design margins to
account for worst-case variability effects and will offer design teams
The underlying technology has been licensed from Universitat
Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) Barcelona. "We are proud of technical
innovations achieved by UPC and are pleased to work with Elastix to
create a market opportunity for this innovation," says Antoni Giro,
the rector of UPC Barcelona. "We believe that the team of UPC and
Elastix is one that has all the makings of revolutionizing the way in
which IC design is done."
Early versions of the software are in limited use with select
customers. More details on the Elastix solution will be available
later in 2008.
Funding, Founders, Advisors
Elastix has received seed funding from its founders and several
Silicon Valley-based angel investors. It is in the process of raising
its Series A financing to fund the development and marketing of the
Singhal, previously founder and chief technology officer of Jasper
Design Automation, founded Elastix in 2007 with Emre Tuncer and Jordi
Cortadella. Tuncer, formerly a vice president of engineering at Magma
Design Automation (Nasdaq: LAVA), is vice president of engineering.
Cortadella, a professor at UPC Barcelona, is chief scientist.
The Elastix Academic Advisory Board consists of: Luciano Lavagno,
professor at Politecnico di Torino in Italy; Sharad Malik, professor
at Princeton University; Antonio Ortega, professor at University of
Southern California; Sachin Sapatnekar, professor at University of
Minnesota; and Alex Yakovlev, professor at Newcastle University of the
Malik, a veteran of previous EDA start-ups, explains: "Device
variability is seriously threatening future benefits of technology
scaling. Elastix is providing a low-cost, high-benefit solution with
little change to existing flows."
About Elastix Corporation
Elastix is developing solutions to build elastic implementations
of digital designs. The Elastix products implement energy-efficient,
variability-aware IC designs in a traditional, synchronous design tool
flow. Elastix has offices in Barcelona, Spain, and Santa Clara, Calif.
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