Electronic Design Automation

Alphawave IP to use Diakopto’s EM/IR verification software

08 September 2022

Alphawave IP will use Diakopto’s PrimeX as the power net electromigration and voltage (EM/IR) signoff solution for 5 nm and 3 nm technologies.

PrimeX software enables new methodologies not capable with other EM/IR tools and allows Alphawave to verify designs faster. Alphawave can achieve higher power grid reliability and integrity for interconnect IPs faster than other EM/IR solutions.

Alphawave delivers multi-standard intellectual property (IP) connectivity solutions for applications such as hyperscale data centers, data networking, artificial intelligence, storage, 5G infrastructure and autonomous vehicles. The IP portfolio is available in multiple foundries at process technologies in the 7 nm to 3 nm range.

"We have adopted PrimeX for our top-level signoff methodology because of its ability to analyze very large power nets that are impractical to simulate using other tools,” said Jon Rogers, SVP of engineering at Alphawave IP. “It helps us accelerate time-to-tape out and improve design efficiency and reliability in leading-edge technology nodes by allowing us to accurately validate key electrical targets at the top level of integration, identify design and layout improvements, and iterate quickly.”

PrimeX analyzes large power nets to pinpoint bottlenecks and root causes of resistance, IR drop and density problems as well as identify weaknesses of the layout. The technology enhances existing EM/IR methodologies for engineers to perform power grid verification at the block and top levels to improve reliability, integrity and time-to-market, Diakopto said.

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