AMI Semiconductor Licenses Silicon Navigator Development Environment for OpenAccess; For Improved FPGA-to-ASIC Conversions
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AMI Semiconductor Licenses Silicon Navigator Development Environment for OpenAccess; For Improved FPGA-to-ASIC Conversions

CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 1, 2006— Silicon Navigator Corporation announced today that AMI Semiconductor (Nasdaq:AMIS) has selected the Silicon Navigator's Rocket Design Environment (RDE)(TM) with its Verilog RTL front-end for its FPGA-to-ASIC conversion business. AMIS plans to develop its next generation FPGA-to-ASIC conversion flow using RDE with Silicon Navigator's Rocket Stage RTL front-end overlay utilizing OpenAccess. "We wanted to upgrade our FPGA-to-ASIC flow to the next generation infrastructure," remarked Karla Reynolds, CAD Director. "Silicon Navigator is partnering with us to create the next generation flow using their Rocket Design Environment."

Silicon Navigator licenses design-flow specific modules along with a full development environment. These modules -- which the company has named Rocket Stages(TM) -- are integrated around its Rocket Design Environment. The first available module, the Rocket Stage for Design Analysis and RTL, adds RTL extensions to OpenAccess and has proven critical to the project success. The ability for AMIS to quickly map, analyze and re-target incoming FPGA designs is a key benefit for AMIS customers.

"Our initial goal was to solve key RTL engine needs for the AMIS design flow," said Silicon Navigator CEO J. George Janac. "Our RTL front-end, with minimization and mapping, has been customized to their needs. We see a long term mutual benefit in helping AMIS expand their tool offerings based on our components for their FPGA-to-ASIC conversion businesses."

About the Rocket Design Environment

Built on the Si2 OpenAccess database, the Rocket Design Environment extends OpenAccess services to include a customizable desktop and Graphical User Interface (GUI), schematic, scripting and layout visualization, and APIs. The Rocket Design Environment is delivered with all OpenAccess APIs and translators, but contains additional VHDL, Verilog, SDC, SDF and First Encounter APIs and other extensions to the Si2-provided database. It is integration ready for flows consisting of OpenAccess-ready proprietary and EDA-vendor applications, and also legacy applications and scripts.

Rocket Stages: How Silicon Navigator Extends OpenAccess

The lack of RTL input capabilities in OpenAccess has been a major challenge for developers involved in front-end designs and timing analysis. The addition of the RTL front-end Rocket Stage to the Rocket Design Environment provides the means to load both gate-level netlists as well as elaborated RTL through its front-end engines. This Verilog RTL input capability enables customers to develop linting, formal verification and analysis engines for OpenAccess. The extension of a functional API for Liberty models (Synopsys .lib format) provides EDA developers using RDE with access to all the functional, timing and parasitic data required by their applications.

About AMI Semiconductor

AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) is a leader in the design and manufacture of silicon solutions for the real world. As a widely recognized innovator in state-of-the-art integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, AMIS is committed to providing customers with the optimal value, quickest time-to-market semiconductor solutions. Offering unparalleled manufacturing flexibility and dedication to customer service, AMI Semiconductor operates globally with headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, European corporate offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and a network of sales and design centers located in the key markets of North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit the AMIS Web site at

About OpenAccess

OpenAccess is a community effort to provide true interoperability among IC design tools through an open standard API and reference database supporting that API for IC design. The OpenAccess Coalition is a neutral organization of industry leaders that are leading this effort operating under Si2 bylaws. Website:

About Silicon Navigator

Silicon Navigator is a private company dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Si2's powerful new OpenAccess database standard. The company offers a complete development environment to companies moving their design flows to OpenAccess, including a customizable desktop, viewers for schematics, scripts, layouts, and timing, and a comprehensive set of APIs. In addition, the company also offers design flow-specific overlays which can be added to further extend OpenAccess to address the unique requirements of diverse stages of IC design. With Silicon Navigator, database migration is streamlined as the infrastructure required to exploit the power of this modern database is already done.

The company is headquartered at 10050 North Wolfe Road, Suite SW2-260, Cupertino, Calif. 95014. Telephone: 408-200-0280. Facsimile: 408-200-0281. Email: Website:

Rocket Design Environment, RDE, Rocket Stages, Rocket Stage and Silicon Navigator are trademarks of Silicon Navigator Corporation. Silicon Navigator acknowledges the trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

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