Silicon Integration Initiative has released Data Model 6, the newest version of OpenAccess, the world's most widely used standard API and reference database for integrated circuit design.
DM6 is the first major OpenAccess revision since 2014. The OpenAccess database provides EDA software tools with immediate design flow interoperability, saving time and money for semiconductor designers and manufacturers. Innovative DM6 features will improve performance in both new and legacy applications.
Marshall Tiner, Si2 director of Production Standards, said DM6 can help the industry keep pace with design requirements for emerging artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. As with all OpenAccess releases, DM6 is a production-quality, proven, stable design platform. It's uniquely positioned to meet the new complexity and performance challenges facing IC designers.
A key feature of DM6 is oaPartitions, which enables OpenAccess applications to access critical components of enormous designs as easily as opening much smaller designs, saving compute resources and allowing developers to start doing meaningful work faster. The real power of DM6 comes from the new partitioning capability. By subdividing a complex design, OpenAccess provides simultaneous access to multiple partitions from separate processes. Applications can use oaPartitions to exploit the full compute power available on the user's platform, Tiner said.
With properly written applications taking advantage of the new data model, oaPartitions can customize how and what data will be loaded into memory from the database. Multiple simultaneous, unique applications can each be assigned their own partition, opening up a wide range of opportunities to accelerate the design flow on ever- growing, complex designs.
John Ellis, Si2 president and CEO, underscored the benefits of OpenAccess. Use of OpenAccess API, source code, and scripting capability accelerates EDA...