Tela buys Blaze DFM and cuts design deal with TSMC

Tela Innovations has bought design-for-manufacturing company Blaze DFM and cut a deal with foundry TSMC to work on the PowerTrim system that Blaze and TSMC decided to implement last year and integrate Tela’s regular layout technology with the foundry’s processes.

“TSMC and Tela share a common technology vision of providing a more seamless connection between design and manufacturing such that engineers can achieve their design objectives and hit their market introduction windows with competitive products,” claimed Fu-Chieh Hsu, vice president of design and technology at TSMC. “This requires a new level of cooperation between companies like Tela, innovating in the design space as well as innovative business models to ensure our mutual customers’ needs are being met. We are very pleased with Tela’s move to acquire Blaze DFM and look forward to working with them to jointly support and enhance this unique power consumption reduction capability to our customers.”

“This agreement with the world’s largest semiconductor foundry provides a path for IC designers to extract maximum value from TSMC’s process technology,” said Scott Becker, CEO of Tela. “By co-optimising physical design with manufacturing process technology we can preserve design intent in actual silicon and ensure designs will work as intended and with optimal performance, area, and power results.”

Tela’s system uses on-grid, straight line, one-dimensional layout structures that can be optimised for the lithography system of a given process technology. The collaboration with TSMC is focused on creating regular layout structures that will be transparent to customers’ existing design flows.

The acquisition of Blaze by Tela will see only some key engineering personnel join the company to enable continuity of product development and support of customers.

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