SOURCE: Accellera

June 21, 2006 11:00 ET

Accellera Transfers Physical Design Standard Work to Si2; Organizations Cooperate to Improve Electronic Design

NAPA, CA and AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2006 -- Accellera, the electronics industry organization focused on language-based design standards, and the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), an organization focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured, today announced that materials associated with Accellera's efforts towards an OpenKit Initiative are being transferred to Si2. In alignment with Si2's goals and initiatives, this transfer demonstrates a new level of cooperation between two of the most effective standards organizations in the electronic design industry.

The OpenKit Initiative was dedicated to establishing standards for the physical design kits used by all integrated circuit (IC) designers. These standards are targeted at improving interoperability and cycle time efficiencies across the electronics-design chain, while decreasing custom intellectual property (IP) and IC design costs. Continuing interest in physical design kits comes from IC designers, IP providers and EDA suppliers alike.

The OpenKit materials being transferred define a custom-design schematic symbol kit which categorizes the common data sets, files, models, and IC processes, which are important to establish common design flows. Design kits provide information required by EDA tools during the simulation, implementation and verification steps of IC design. This information includes process design rules, device models, schematic symbols and parameterized cells used for custom layout. These can be used to enhance interoperability between EDA tools in a design flow. Si2 will establish appropriate avenues for utilizing and releasing these materials to the user community.

"Accellera plays an important role in the electronics industry by defining effective EDA standards. We collaborate with other groups and organizations to develop standards in a timely manner and meet market needs," said Shrenik Mehta, Accellera chairman. "The goals from the OpenKit Initiative are a good match with Si2 goals and make Si2 the best place to energize and continue directing future efforts."

"Si2's holistic system approach to collaborative standards development -- and synergy with our OpenAccess and Open Modeling initiatives -- provides an excellent base to leverage this important physical design kit technology for market success," stated Steve Schulz, president and CEO of Si2. "This transfer demonstrates not only the increasingly coupled nature of semiconductor design, but also a new level of collaboration among two leading industry organizations. This increased cooperation between Accellera and Si2 will benefit customers throughout the entire electronics industry."

"At National Semiconductor, we produce high performance analog devices and subsystems for the electronics market. Analog design standards are of great interest to us and our end customers," said Andy Tran, engineering director, Technology Infrastructure Group at National Semiconductor. "Standards such as those started by Accellera's OpenKit Initiative and continuing on with Si2 will benefit the entire analog and custom IC design industry."

About Accellera

Accellera provides design and verification standards for quick availability and use in the electronics industry. The organization and its members cooperatively deliver much-needed EDA standards that lower the cost of designing commercial IC and EDA products. As a result of Accellera's partnership with the IEEE, Accellera standards are provided to the IEEE standards body for formalization and ongoing change control. Over the years, Accellera has developed seven standards that have been ratified by the IEEE. Accellera's recent successes in advanced design and verification language standards include SystemVerilog and PSL. For more information about Accellera, please visit

About Si2

Si2 is an organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured in order to speed time-to-market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable collaboration through a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 focuses on developing practical technology solutions to industry challenges. Si2 represents over 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world. For more information about OpenAccess and Si2, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Georgia Marszalek
    ValleyPR, for Accellera
    (650) 345-7477

    William Bayer
    Silicon Integration Initiative
    (512) 342-2244, ext. 304