May 14, 2007 14:31 ET

Cadence Launches Electronic-Design Contest for European Engineering Students

The Cadence-Sponsored Contest Is to Create an Incentive for Students to Study Electrical Engineering in Europe, and Raise Awareness of Job Prospects in This Field

SAN JOSE, CA and FELDKIRCHEN, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 14, 2007 -- Cadence Design Systems GmbH (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, in connection with the CDNLive! EMEA User Conference being held in Munich from May 14-15, 2007, today announced it will be launching an electronic-design-automation (EDA) contest for European electronic-engineering students. The objective of the contest, which is open to engineering students from European colleges and universities, is to identify and to provide early support for students who are working on some of today's challenges in designing electronics devices. Those challenges include, among others, reduction of power consumption and decreasing heat buildup in complex silicon chips typically used in automotive and consumer-goods industries.

By sponsoring the contest Cadence® wants to support development activities in the European electronics industry and encourage enrollment in university engineering programs. The competition is to encourage students to address key development issues in the area of analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated-circuit designs and printed-circuit-board (PCB) designs.

Either individual students, or teams of up to five applicants studying at European colleges and universities, are encouraged to participate and submit their proposed designs by July 31, 2007. Then, the students with the most promising concepts will be selected to continue working on their design projects until the beginning of 2008. Finally, an international jury will select the final winners to be announced during the May 2008 CDNLive! User Conference.

The judges will award points to the competitors based on a variety of criteria including creativity, complexity, methodology, the design aspects handled, efficient use of Cadence software, and the presentation of their projects. The top three winners will be invited to present their work in person at the next Cadence CDNLive! EMEA User Conference in 2008.

"The Cadence Design Contest is a great opportunity for European students to apply their creativity and conceive innovative solutions using Cadence software tools," said Wolf-Ekkehard Matzke, a fellow at Cadence Design Systems in Munich. "We're looking forward to the bright new ideas and creative solutions tomorrow's young professionals will propose. Whenever universities work closely with Cadence, both the universities and the electronics industry benefit from greater understanding of technical topics. Universities also profit from the boost in recognition of their engineering courses."

Application forms for the Cadence Design Contest, which must be completed in English, can be downloaded from

About Cadence Design Systems

Cadence enables global electronic-design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2006 revenues of approximately $1.5 billion, and has approximately 5,200 employees. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Andrea Huse
    Sr PR Manager EMEA
    Cadence Design Systems, GmbH