The World of Custom Layout Automation is Redefined with the Release of Laker 3.0 from Silicon Canvas, Inc.
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The World of Custom Layout Automation is Redefined with the Release of Laker 3.0 from Silicon Canvas, Inc.

San Jose, California – June 3, 2002 – Silicon Canvas, Inc. today announced that it will unveil Laker™ 3.0, an automated, connectivity driven custom layout tool at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) June 10 -13 in New Orleans, to further strengthen its strong market position in the polygon layout editor world. With the release of Laker 3.0, it becomes the only rule-driven and connectivity driven tool which can take a design from schematic generation through layout verification all in the same environment. Customers have achieved over 6x productivity gains with Laker's connectivity driven layout methodology.

Laker 3.0 adds schematic generator, a design browser, and stick diagram into its already production-proven rule-driven layout environment. Laker 3.0 takes as input file the CDL netlist and generates schematic view in a hierarchical fashion. Users can simultaneously view the schematic and the layout with cross probing, cross reference, and fly line capabilities.

“This is a natural progression of our tool set,” said Dr. Hau-Yung Chen, president of Silicon Canvas, Inc. “It marks a major milestone in the integration and enhancement of Silicon Canvas' well-known rule-driven solutions for full custom designs. Our unique rule driven approach is now further enhanced with the connectivity driven capability. Laker 3.0 addresses the productivity issues at all stages of analog and mixed-signal designs. With schematics, design browser, stick diagram, transistor placer, and the full-featured layout editor and interactive DRC all in the same environment, Laker provides tighter collaboration among various task forces in the analog, mixed-signal designs. Using this system can eliminate error-prone data passing, increase product reliability, promote efficiency through concurrent design. By combining the layout industry's best software, (in performance, capacity and ease-of use) with a schematic generator, Silicon Canvas' custom layout system offers a great return on investment. We believe it can save companies substantial amounts of time, money and labor cycles in a very short time. We are continually looking for ways to help customers increase the productivity by enhancing our tool features and the tool flow.”

Prices and Availability
Priced from $20,000 to $80,000 depending on configuration, in the U.S.A., Silicon Canvas' new connectivity driven layout systems is scheduled to be available this summer.

About Silicon Canvas' Laker 2.x
Laker is the next generation of full custom, layout solutions, delivering 6X productivity gains through automation, performance, capacity, and openness. With its patented MagicCell and the Rule-Driven technology, Laker is the ideal layout solution for memory, analog and mixed signal designs. With its optimized database and point-to-point shape-based router, Laker is also a perfect flow plug-in tool for complex ASIC and SoC designs to efficiently fix the timing closure issues and to assemble top level blocks including the top cell signal routing and power routing or any special routing.

Laker has been successfully proven in production with more than 200 seats installed and with more than 400 chips taped out.

About Silicon Canvas
Silicon Canvas is a California corporation founded in 2000 by Dr. Hau-Yung Chen and other EDA veterans with combined 50+ years of custom design and EDA experiences.

Silicon Canvas' mission is to provide the next generation of full custom layout solutions to significantly increase productivity and reduce time- to- market. Its custom layout solution, Laker, provides more automation and high performance capabilities to any design projects, which requires the use of full custom layout editors, including but not limited to the layout creation for analog, mixed signal, and test key designs. Silicon Canvas customers use Laker in a wide range of design projects including memory, high performance CPU, embedded controllers, networking, telecommunications, multimedia, and graphics.

Silicon Canvas is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information please visit Silicon Canvas' web site at or send email to Email Contact.