September 11, 2006 08:00 ET

Cadence Reinvents Virtuoso Platform for New Generations of Complex Custom IC Designs

Major Development Effort Delivers Innovative Technologies and Methodologies in an Integrated Environment for Fast Realization of Differentiated Silicon

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 11, 2006 --Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, today introduced its new Virtuoso® custom design platform for advanced analog, mixed-signal, RF, and custom digital design. The platform provides design teams with integrated technologies that address challenges across a wide range of process nodes and design styles, including traditional analog, SiP, mixed-signal, RF SoC and digital cell characterization, from 180 through 45 nanometers.

The growth of personal consumer electronics and wireless products has tremendously increased the custom, analog, mixed-signal, and RF content in devices and the design complexity at a time when expert resources are in short supply. Building on Cadence's leadership in this area, the new Virtuoso platform features an integrated design environment, modern capabilities for constraint management as well as new technologies for verification, floorplanning and routing. With the new Virtuoso platform, customers may improve productivity with an accelerated overall IC design flow; increase design accuracy with minimized re-spins; and deliver differentiated, high-quality, custom silicon which meets demanding time to market schedules.

The new Virtuoso platform was beta-tested with a number of semiconductor and fabless design companies, including Avago Technologies, Infineon Technologies, National Semiconductor Corporation, PMC-Sierra, QUALCOMM, and Renesas Technology.

Easy-to-use, Integrated Design Environment

The Virtuoso platform improves design efficiency and designer productivity by dramatically shortening the learning curve for the adoption of new solutions and enhancing the ease-of-use during IC development. The unique integrated design environment, which uses a common cockpit, allows designers to draw on the broad array of design solutions needed to address growing challenges in analog, mixed-signal and RF design.

"Our customers are requiring increased design efficiency and effectiveness to handle the advanced challenges of today's complex analog, mixed-signal and RF designs," said Marco Racanelli, vice president of technology and engineering at Jazz Semiconductor. "We have collaborated with Cadence to deliver a process design kit (PDK) for the new Virtuoso platform for our latest 0.13-micron process which, together with our silicon-accurate models, will provide our common customers the new capabilities needed to realize full design potential and quick time to market."

Automated Constraint-driven Methodology; Design Chain Communication

The Virtuoso platform introduces an automated constraint-driven methodology to custom design, helping design teams maintain design intent throughout the entire design flow. The platform automates the communication and application of complex design constraints from specification through layout to verification. In addition, the Virtuoso platform is built on OpenAccess. The use of this common database allows design teams to use more sophisticated, multi-company design chains that combine the Virtuoso platform with the Cadence Encounter® digital IC design and Incisive® functional verification platforms to design highly complex mixed-signal designs, regardless of the ratio of analog to digital circuitry, or with the Cadence Allegro® system interconnect design platform to address emerging SiP design challenges at 65 nanometers. This helps improve interoperability across multiple solutions, integrate design solutions and flows, and reduce design support costs.

"The new Virtuoso platform enables designers to tackle the most complex analog and RF design requirements emerging from the telecommunications and consumer markets," said Charlie Giorgetti, corporate vice president, Product Marketing, at Cadence. "The Virtuoso platform is a classic example of the depth that Cadence solutions exhibit -- it delivers everything from specification to layout to verification, driven with an integrated constraint-driven methodology that connects the electrical and physical design domains together for the first time. Our customers stand to benefit with faster design time, reduced errors and increased predictability and opportunity for first-pass design success."

Tiered Configurations

To better meet diverse customer needs for design software, the Virtuoso platform is available in tiered configurations, Virtuoso L, XL, and GXL, which provide multiple levels of technology tailored to specific levels of design complexity.

The new Virtuoso platform will be shown at the CDNLive! Silicon Valley technical conference, scheduled for Sept. 12-15, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. More information can be found at

About Cadence

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 2005 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, and has approximately 5,100 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

Cadence, the Cadence logo, Allegro, Encounter, Incisive and Virtuoso are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Bruce Chan
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc.