Apache Design Solutions’ Power and Noise Platforms Adopted by Aptina

RedHawk and Totem Used for Advanced CMOS Image Sensor Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in power integrity and noise closure for chip-package-systems (CPS) convergence, today announced that Aptina has adopted Apache’s RedHawk-NX and Totem-MMX solutions for accurate analysis, optimization, and sign-off of Aptina’s CMOS image sensors designs. Aptina selected Apache solutions based on the tools’ ability to simultaneously perform system-on-chip (SoC) and transistor-level analysis, the ease with which they fit into their existing flow, and their ability to prevent overdesign by identifying and reducing IR drop.

Image sensor arrays are very large and must maintain very low levels of noise for good quality image. Aptina will use Apache’s Totem-MMX, a transistor-level power / ground noise analysis and verification solution, to analyze and sign-off the huge analog sensor arrays which are implemented using custom-layout of transistors. The image sensor array is then compiled into accurate and efficient custom macro model (CMM) and imported to RedHawk-NX for a full-chip, mixed-signal dynamic power integrity simulation. The combination of Totem and RedHawk allows customers to consider the impact of analog transient supply currents on the digital logic of the SoC. Apache’s high-capacity integrated solution helps prevent power-related design failures.

“Our leading edge CMOS sensors require analysis and verification tools with super large capacity handling,” said Roger Panicacci, VP of Product Development, Aptina. “After benchmarking several tools, Apache clearly demonstrated the ability to accurately analyze our most advanced CMOS sensor designs with very complex logic structures. By adopting Apache’s power and noise platforms, we feel confident that our designs will maintain their competitive edge in performance and cost.”

“Aptina provides the leading edge CMOS sensor technology. Its applications can be found in all of the leading mobile phone and notebook computer brands, not to mention products ranging from digital and video cameras to medical and automotive applications,” said Craig Shirley, vice president of worldwide sales at Apache. “We’re pleased to have them place their confidence in our best-in-class power and noise integrity products.”

About Apache Design Solutions

Apache delivers the industry’s leading global power and noise analyses platform solutions for Chip-Package-System convergence. Apache's innovative platforms address the unique power and noise challenges associated with specific design domains such as SoC (digital), analog / custom IP, and System (IC package, SiP, PCB), while providing a co-analysis environment that integrates the SoC and System worlds. From early-stage to sign-off, Apache’s products are adopted by 95% of the top 20 IDM, fabless semiconductor, and foundries for cost reduction, risk mitigation, and time-to-market improvements. Apache is a global company with over 200 employees and R&D centers and direct sales / support offices worldwide.

About Aptina

Aptina is a global provider of CMOS imaging solutions with a growing portfolio of products that can be found in all leading mobile phone and notebook computer brands as well as a wide range of products for digital and video cameras, surveillance, medical, automotive and industrial applications, video conferencing, barcode scanners, toys, and gaming. Aptina enables Imaging Everywhere™ and continually drives innovation in the market as seen with the introduction of the first 14MP CMOS image sensor for point-and-shoot and hybrid cameras (MT9F001), and the industry’s first 5MP SOC with ¼” format (MT9P111). Aptina is a privately held company with investors that include Riverwood Capital, TPG Capital and Micron Technology. For additional information on Aptina, visit www.aptina.com.

Apache Design Solutions, CMM, CPM, CoolTime, Columbus, NSPICE, RedHawk, PakSI-E, PsiWinder, PowerArtist, PowerTheater, Sahara, Sentinel, Totem, and Vectorless Dynamic are trademarks of Apache Design Solutions, Inc. Aptina is a trademark of Aptina Imaging Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Apache Design Solutions
Yukari Ohno, 408-457-2000
yukari@apache-da.com
or
Aptina
Mark Wilson, 408-660-2298
markwilson@aptina.com

Release Summary

Apache Design Solutions’ Power and Noise Platforms Adopted by Aptina RedHawk and Totem used for advanced CMOS image sensor applications

Contacts

Apache Design Solutions
Yukari Ohno, 408-457-2000
yukari@apache-da.com
or
Aptina
Mark Wilson, 408-660-2298
markwilson@aptina.com