This paper describes the technical and business challenges of implementing designs at the 32/28-nm node. Topics include low-power design, crosstalk effects, process variability, and the dramatic increase in the number of operating modes and corners. Also discussed are the related issues regarding engineering resources, hardware resources and difficulty meeting ever-more-aggressive development schedules. Finally, this paper describes how the capacity and performance capabilities of Talus Vortex can be dramatically boosted through Magma’s innovative Talus Vortex FX with Distributed Smart Sync technology that delivers the first and only solution for distributed place and route.