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Pulsic Introduces First Complete Automated Layout System for Transistor-Level Analog and Custom-Digital Design: Animate

SAN JOSE, CA – May 21, 2014 — Existing approaches to automating analog and custom digital integrated circuit (IC) designs have attempted to improve on portions of the design flow, but have not managed to generate “manual quality” layout without significant user intervention. Pulsic, the premier provider of innovative physical design tools for custom design automation, has drawn on over a decade of experience helping leading-edge customers with physical design challenges to deliver a completely automated solution that overcomes the problem of ‘not-as-good-as-manual’ analog and custom design layout.

Pulsic Animate™ is the first complete automated layout system built ‘from the ground up’ for transistor level analog and custom digital design. Animate offers designers a simple, easy-to-use layout solution that delivers multiple layouts from a schematic using automatic constraint extraction and considers place and route concurrently, producing optimal-quality results. Animate automatically generates constraints based on netlist topology analysis, eliminating the need for time-consuming manual constraint entry and management.

Unlike any other analog layout system, Animate employs novel patent-pending PolyMorphic LayoutTM technology with a database and algorithmic architecture to derive many potential layout variations for a design, which crystallize into multiple, complete, DRC/LVS-correct layouts in minutes.Designers can explore these complete layout options in a fraction of the time needed to produce just a single layout option by hand. Since Animate produces layout results so quickly, parasitics are available for simulation early in the design process, further speeding the entire design cycle. Animate places and routes simultaneously, ensuring that each process is informed by the other and that “manual quality” results are achieved.

 

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