News release

Date: 11th March 2011

Pulsic announces Unity 2008.1 after production testing and key input from major customers

The Custom Design Automation Revolution Comes of Age

Bristol, England - March 11, 2008 - Pulsic Limited, the leading software company in custom design automation for memory, today announced the release of Unity 2008.1, to address the newly developing custom design automation market and a significant step in the evolution of Pulsic’s comprehensive flagship tool for custom-digital, mixed-signal and analog design.

After an extensive phase of testing using production designs with key customers, Unity 2008.1 is ready for release; a truly production ready solution for increasingly complex custom designs. Unity 2008.1 consists of four major components: UniPlan a hierarchical floorplanner, UniPlace an advanced custom placement tool, UniRoute an automatic shape-based router with patented ‘spine and stitch’ routing technology and UniEdit, an interactive editor. All four components are integrated into a single flow, providing unprecedented continuity between each element - therefore maximising design efficiency.

“After a year of planned production testing with our customers, Unity 2008.1 continues Pulsic’s legacy, built by our expertise in shape based routing, to a full physical custom design platform” said Ken Roberts, CEO of Pulsic. “The first release of Unity in 2007, was a significant milestone for Pulsic and we have continued the progress towards the automation of custom design - releasing engineers from the constraints of manual layout and meeting the superior quality standards we demand of our software”, continued Mr Roberts.

Mark Waller, VP Research and Development, added: “An increase in productivity is achieved by our unique unified environment. The combined functionality allows designers to be freed from the spaghetti flow’s that typify current methodologies – traditionally in a bid to achieve desired design outcomes. These designs also require a lot of inefficient, time consuming manual layout, but with Unity 2008.1, they can now either be fully or partially automated without the designer having to transfer between different databases.”

In addition to the four core components of Unity 2008.1, the benefit of an analysis environment helps designers make DFM and ECO decisions, with minimum disruption, allowing late design changes to be made seamlessly. Add to this a constraint driven system (width, layer, spacing, etc.) adhering to the complex design rules of today’s designs, as well as Open Access and CDBA compliance, Unity 2008.1 is a very compelling solution for automating custom design.

Pulsic will be attending the DATE (Design, Automation and Test in Europe) conference at the ICM in Munich from 10th – 14th March 2008. Members of the media interested in scheduling a briefing with Pulsic’s senior management team at DATE 08 – to share a key update on the release of Unity 2008.1 and the latest developments in Custom Design Automation – can do so by contacting Nicky Davis at nicky[at]


About Pulsic
Pulsic Limited is a fast growing EDA company focused on custom design automation for memory. Pulsic's leading physical design software improves the design productivity at nine of the top ten memory companies by automating the layout of peripheral and control logic. Pulsic's product range includes hierarchical floorplanning, detailed placement, automatic routing and interactive editing. Pulsic has delivered more than 150 tape-outs with over 40 customers worldwide and is the only supplier of specialized layout automation tools for memory. Pulsic was founded in January 2000 and is a privately held company, headquartered in Bristol, UK.

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Please note, Pulsic Ltd. retains title and ownership of the following trademarks: Unity, UniPlan, UniPlace , UniRoute and UniEdit.

For further information contact:
PR Europe: Pulsic Limited:
Lloyd Pople Kevin Steptoe
Tel: +44 (0)870 285 1650 Tel: +44 (0)117 325 5019

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