SOURCE: Chip Estimate

May 04, 2007 12:09 ET

Pre-RTL Performance Analysis Delivered by New Technology From Chip Estimate

InCyte's Performance Estimation Guides Critical Chip Architecture Decisions

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2007 -- Chip Estimate Corp. announced today the release of technology that enables performance analysis at the earliest phase of the chip design cycle. The flagship InCyte™ product now provides users quantifiable feedback regarding the feasibility of achieving various performance targets for their chip. The new analysis capability is technology node, process and IP specific. Users can now make better decisions regarding chip architecture tradeoffs to minimize the risk of missing performance goals, and to push the limits of technology with greater success.

In addition, the company also announced that other significant features have been added to InCyte that increase the utility of the early chip planning system and strengthen EDA design flow integration.

New Technology Overview

Performance Analysis -- Users can now get quantified feedback on the likelihood of achieving performance goals for a given chip specification, targeted at a specific manufacturing process. InCyte provides a range of frequencies achievable and detailed recommendations on recommend logic depth.

Connectivity Definition -- The interconnectivity of IP and other design components within a chip can now be incorporated into design specifications enabling more accurate chip planning and estimation. Connectivity provides significant enhancements to the generation of design data which can then be leveraged by IC implementation tools.

Block Diagramming -- As part of capturing a design specification into InCyte, users now have the option of communicating design intent through a visual block diagram. Objects are dragged and dropped into block diagrams that InCyte uses to estimate the size, power and cost of the resulting chip which meets the specifications.

Design Flow Integration -- Design specification data now links directly into leading EDA implementation flows from vendors including Cadence, Magma, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys. By coupling design specifications and IP data, InCyte now outputs design data files, such as specific scripts and wrappers to automatically feed design plans into industry standard file formats and EDA implementation tools. Users have a streamlined path from initial design size, power and cost estimation to convergence in final silicon.

IP Library Selection -- InCyte helps guide its users' selection of IP libraries and provides users with quantified feedback on the particular density, power, leakage and performance of a given library. It features built-in models for hundreds of popular 3rd party IP libraries accessible at the click of a button and also supports internally developed IP.

InCyte at DAC

The new version of InCyte will be demonstrated at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Diego, California June 4 - 8. To find out more, please visit

Price and Availability

InCyte starts at US $35,000 and is available immediately.

About Chip Estimate Corporation

Chip Estimate Corporation is an EDA company that delivers streamlined access to integrated chip project planning solutions. The company develops and markets the InCyte chip estimation systems, into which it integrates IP and manufacturing process models for the most accurate chip estimation possible. InCyte Enterprise™ is recipient of a 2007 International Engineering Consortium DesignVision Award. Chip Estimate partners with leading IP vendors and semiconductor manufacturers who share our mission of early and accurate chip planning for our mutual customers' ultimate design success. Since the 2005 launch of, over 10,000 users have performed over 50,000 chip estimations with InCyte.

The company is headquartered at 10050 North Wolfe Road, Suite SW1-266, Cupertino, Calif. Telephone: 408 255 0444. Facsimile: 408 255 0344. Email: Website:

InCyte, InCyte Enterprise and are registered Trademarks of Chip Estimate Corporation. Chip Estimate Corporation acknowledges trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

Contact Information

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