UPF chip designer tools in the works

Three chip designers are collaborating on tools for designing low-power chips, based on the Unified Power Format 1.0 standard, which was ratified last February.

Magma Design Automation Inc. of San Jose, Calif., along with Wilsonville, Ore.-based Mentor Graphics Corp. and Synopsys Inc. of Mountain View, Calif. announced this week they plan to make implementation and verification products for low-power integrated circuits.

The UPF standard, developed by Accellera Organization Inc. of Napa, Calif., is said to support lower power design flow from registered transfer level to silicon, and allow designed to user tool from more than two-thirds of the electronic design automation (EDA) marketplace at the same time.

UPF 1.0 defines the method for creating a supply network to supply power to each design element. It also specifies how individual supply nets interact with each other and how the logic functions are extended to support dynamic power switching to the logic design elements.