Monday July 17, 2006, PT

Incentia TimeCraft Adopted by NEC Electronics'NEC EMMA
EMMA™ Project Team for Design Tape-outs

TimeCraft's Advanced On-Chip-Variation Analysis
Eliminates Performance Penalties, Maximizes Productivity

SANTA CLARA, Calif. íV July 17, 2006 íV Incentia Design Systems, Inc., an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software company that focuses on the timing and synthesis market, announced that NEC Electronics' EMMA™ project team has successfully taped out designs with sizes of up to 20-million gates, using Incentia's TimeCraft™ static timing analyzer's (STA) and its advanced On-Chip-Variation (OCV) analysis feature. The built-in advanced OCV capability improves accuracy and efficiency for nanometer design timing analysis.

"We used TimeCraft and its advanced OCV analysis feature for modeling on-chip statistic process variations for designs," said Mr. Masao Hirasawa, General Manager, Digital Audio/Visual Systems Division, NEC Electronics. "TimeCraft and its advanced OCV feature met our stringent requirements and demonstrated excellent results. We have successfully taped out designs with gate count sizes of up to 20-million gates and dramatically shortened our design cycle. TimeCraft is a preferred timing sign-off tool for nanometer designs."

"We are pleased that TimeCraft was adopted as a nanometer sign-off STA by the EMMA project team, one of the leading design groups at NEC Electronics, a world-renowned semiconductor company," remarked Ihao Chen, President and CEO of Incentia. "NEC Electronics' tape-out success and productivity gain with TimeCraft and its advanced OCV demonstrates our promise to support customers with the most advanced timing analysis technology for nanometer designs."

About Incentia TimeCraft and TimeCraft's Advanced OCV
TimeCraft is a full-chip, gate-level STA for timing sign-off. It is the fastest STA available. Its features, including comprehensive timing checking and reports, a built-in delay calculator, multiple supply voltage analysis, multi-task capability for multi-corner and multi-mode analysis, and advanced Phase Lock Loop (PLL) handling, all enable analysis on a large variety of design styles. TimeCraft has runtime and capacity advantages that dramatically reduce timing verification turnaround time.

TimeCraft's advanced OCV feature addresses the effects of statistical on-chip process variations. Traditional OCV uses a constant derating factor and may impose unnecessary performance penalties on nanometer designs. These penalties include reduced performance, larger die sizes and longer design cycles. TimeCraft's advanced OCV uses variable derating factors based on the logic level and physical location to select the optimal derating factor for each timing path. This results in fewer timing violations, and allows design teams to rapidly achieve timing closure. The native engine-based implementation approach is easy to use and delivers unparalleled performance in runtime and memory usage.

About NEC Electronics' EMMA
NEC Electronics' EMMA devices are designed to optimize the performance of digital AV applications such as set-top-boxes, digital televisions, and DVD recorders, delivering versatile and uncompromised performance through MPEG signal process core technology. From high-end requirements, such as HD2 digital signal processing or parallel processing of multiple streaming signals, to low-end requirements such as single-chip processors for SD3-compatible devices, EMMA technology enables and empowers digital AV applications. For more information about EMMA, please visit

About Incentia
Incentia Design Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced timing and synthesis software that addresses the stringent requirements of runtime, design capacity, timing, area, design-for-testability, power consumption and signal integrity for multi-million-gate semiconductor designs. The company's products are in use at leading fabless IC design, systems, semiconductor and design service companies and have successfully been used to tape out numerous designs in different design applications, such as communications, networking, wireless, chipset, consumer electronics, and multi-media. Incentia has offices in Santa Clara, California and Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, as well as distributors in Japan, China, Korea, India and Israel. For more information, please visit, email or call 408-727-8988.

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