April 19, 2006 08:00 ET

Agere Systems Standardizes on Cadence Virtuoso and Incisive Palladium Technologies to Speed Time to Market for 90- And 65-Nanometer Semiconductors

Cadence Extends Collaboration With Agere for Analog Mixed-Signal Design and Acceleration/Emulation

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2006 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that Agere Systems has standardized on the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform for its custom, analog and mixed-signal design needs. Agere's design teams plan to use Virtuoso simulation, environment, layout and physical verification technologies to quickly deliver accurate, first-pass silicon, avoid re-spins and speed time-to-market for its advanced semiconductors.

In addition, Agere has adopted the Incisive® Palladium® series for the acceleration and emulation of its complex designs. The Palladium products reduce risk by quickly identifying pre-silicon system-level defects. They enable design teams to increase their productivity while improving the quality and predictability of designs in order to assure first silicon and first software success.

"As Agere continues to provide solutions that offer unparalleled value, we are constantly looking for technologies that help our customers meet today's short market windows," said Hai Wang, vice president of Front End Operations at Agere Systems. "We selected Cadence for our custom, analog and mixed-signal needs because its advanced design methodology offers both speed and silicon accuracy for our design teams. We also chose the Incisive Palladium series because it delivers the fastest, most efficient way to verify large, complex chips. The Cadence technologies enabled us to significantly decrease our design time and drastically improve our time-to-market goals."

The agreement extends an already long-standing business relationship between the two companies in the areas of custom, analog and mixed-signal design and system validation. The companies have agreed to develop solutions that address design challenges at 90 nanometers (nm), 65 nm and beyond for Agere's semiconductor products that are used for a range of computing and communications applications.

"Advanced custom designers are facing major challenges today, such as economics, design complexity, system validation and physical effects, that have a major impact on time to market," said Charlie Giorgetti, corporate vice president, Product Marketing, at Cadence. "Our custom design solution combines the speed of top-down design with the silicon accuracy of bottom-up approaches to effectively tackle all of these issues. Our processor-based acceleration/emulation technology and vertical solutions help ensure that Agere catches potentially costly bugs in its hardware, software and system-level design before silicon is available. We're looking forward to continue working with Agere to provide a unique competitive advantage as they bring their 90, 65 nanometers and beyond products to market."

The Virtuoso platform is a comprehensive system that helps enable design teams to deliver silicon that meets specifications, as well as schedules. It includes a specification-driven environment, multi-mode simulation, accelerated layout, advanced silicon analysis, and a full-chip integration environment.

The Incisive Palladium series delivers hardware acceleration and in-circuit emulation in a single system. The Palladium hardware provides high throughput (run-time performance, flexible debug and fast compile times), system-level verification capabilities, scalable capacity and an advanced verification environment that includes transaction and assertion-based acceleration solutions.

About Cadence

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    Bruce Chan
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc.