Kawasaki Microelectronics Adopts Apache's SoC Power Closure Design Flow

Mountain View, Calif. - October 12, 2005 - Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in physical power integrity solutions for system-on-chip (SoC) designs, today announced that Kawasaki Microelectronics, Inc. will use Apache's RedHawk full-chip dynamic power solution in the design flow for ASIC designs at 130nm and below. Kawasaki selected RedHawk for its silicon-proven dynamic analysis of the power/ground network behavior and its ability to identify the impact of noise on timing and yield. "As we move beyond 130nm process nodes, we need to support a design closure flow including dynamic power behavior prior to tapeout," said Yoshito Muraishi, Director of CAD Development of Kawasaki Microelectronics. "After detailed evaluation, we selected Apache's RedHawk because we were able to detect the dynamic hot spots and utilize the accurate power supply noise waveforms for timing impact analysis."

"Power integrity has become one of the key contributors to higher production cost and lower manufacturing yield, and our customers are looking for a solution that can address this problem," stated Andrew Yang, CEO of Apache. "We are very pleased that Kawasaki joins our growing list of leading semiconductor companies worldwide in addressing the critical power closure requirements for advanced nanometer designs."

About RedHawk
RedHawk is a full-chip Vectorless Dynamic™ physical power integrity solution for SoC power closure sign-off of 130nm, 90nm, and 65nm designs. Certified by TSMC's 5.0 Reference Flow and correlated with silicon measurements and SPICE, RedHawk addresses dynamic power issues such as simultaneous switching output (SSO) for core, memory, clock, and I/O, as well as effects of on-chip inductance, package RLC, and decoupling capacitance.

RedHawk enables designers to identify dynamic "hot spots," examine the impact on timing, accurately pinpoint the cause of dynamic voltage drop, and automatically repair the source of supply noise. With RedHawk's integrated transistor-level characterization and unsurpassed capacity, designers can effectively reach power closure sign-off for high performance SoCs, including those utilizing advanced low-power design techniques such as leakage current control, power gating, multiple voltage domains, and multiple threshold transistors.

About Apache Design Solutions
Apache is a provider of innovative next-generation physical power integrity software that accelerates the design process and guarantees the reliability of high performance system-on-a-chip designs. By providing tools for power, timing, and system I/O integrity, Apache enables leading networking, wireless, communication, consumer, and semiconductor companies to develop highly competitive and reliable products. With minimal setup, Apache's physical design integrity products are used early in the design process for 130 nanometer designs and below, delivering the highest standards of computational performance, capacity handling, and integrity. For more information, including a white paper on dynamic analysis, visit www.apache-da.com.

Apache Design Solutions, NSPICE, RedHawk-SDL, RedHawk-EV, SkyHawk, and Vectorless Dynamic are trademarks of Apache Design Solutions, Inc.

About Kawasaki Microelectronics
Kawasaki Microelectronics is a leader in advanced yet affordable ASIC technology. The company's innovative technologies and world-class design support are used in the consumer electronics, computer, office-automation, networking and storage markets. The company is an active participant in industry standards organizations, including the Wi-Fi Alliance, Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB Implementers Forum, MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF), Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC), the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG), SD Card Association (SDA) and OCP International Partnership (OCP-IP). Kawasaki Microelectronics has design centers in Tokyo , Boston, San Jose, and Taipei. For more information, visit www.k-micro.com.


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