TowerJazz, Tanner EDA announce Process Design Kits for power-management device design

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., 21 Nov. 2009. TowerJazz and Tanner EDA, a provider of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, announced a joint initiative to develop Process Design Kits (PDKs) for analog/mixed-signal (A/MS) designers using Tanner EDA's HiPer Silicon software. This collaboration gives Tanner EDA customers access to TowerJazz's 0.18- and 0.35-micron power-management process platform and TowerJazz customers access to Tanner EDA's A/MS tools for a complete IC design solution.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., 21 Nov. 2009. TowerJazz and Tanner EDA, a provider of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, announced a joint initiative to develop Process Design Kits (PDKs) for analog/mixed-signal (A/MS) designers using Tanner EDA's HiPer Silicon software. This collaboration gives Tanner EDA customers access to TowerJazz's 0.18- and 0.35-micron power-management process platform and TowerJazz customers access to Tanner EDA's A/MS tools for a complete IC design solution.

"Tanner EDA ... addresses the needs of our analog/mixed-signal IC design customers," says Ori Galzur, VP, VLSI Design Center for TowerJazz. "By working with EDA vendors such as Tanner EDA, we can provide our mutual customers with an advanced power-management platform and customized design capabilities to achieve more predictable designs. This will enable them to decrease design cycle time and achieve a time-to-market advantage for their high performance and differentiated power-management solutions. "

"From my power-management design experience, the key to first pass success and quicker design cycles is a consistent design environment. Combining TowerJazz's advanced power management platform with Tanner EDA's specialized IC design tools will provide this to the industry," says Marijana Vukicevic, senior analyst, Power Management at iSuppli.

TowerJazz offers a Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) power-management platform with 0.5- to 0.18-micron CMOS density and a combination of bipolar NPN and PNP devices, as well as high-voltage CMOS and DMOS FETs for use in complex power-management chips, including driver ICs, battery and portable power management, power control for PC products, Class-D audio amplifiers, and many other communications and computing applications.

Tanner EDA's HiPer Silicon allows designers to plan and administer power management schemes in the context of their complete design, says a representative.

Tanner EDA and TowerJazz PDKs for power-management devices will be available in Q1 2010.

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