July 07, 2008 19:00 ET

Cadence Virtuoso IC 6.1 Successfully Deployed by Matsushita for Analog and Mixed-Signal SoC Designs

Latest Version of Leading Custom IC Technology Helped Matsushita's System LSI Division Manage Scale and Complexity for Advanced-Node Designs

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced today that the newest version of the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform has been deployed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand, for analog and mixed-signal advanced-node designs of Semiconductor Company of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (hereinafter called "Matsushita"). Matsushita successfully used the Virtuoso IC 6.1 to design and verify its most complex and advanced node custom designs, aiming for design time reduction.

Cadence collaborated with Matsushita to help ensure the latest version of the platform met the needs for designers performing analog/mixed-signal (AMS) design and verification for today's complex chips. Cadence technologies are used by Matsushita to design blocks for larger AMS designs, including using design constraints to ensure that the design intent is maintained throughout the development process. The Virtuoso Analog Design Environment and the Virtuoso Layout Suite XL have been used by Matsushita to boost productivity. The company also has deployed Virtuoso Layout Migrate for IP reuse and migration.

"We have started using the new Virtuoso platform for both our advanced and legacy process nodes," said Seiji Yamaguchi, System LSI Technology Development Center Director, Semiconductor Company of Matsushita. "When we worked with Cadence under this partnership, we set a target to reduce design time by using advanced features of Virtuoso IC 6.1, and we're starting to see the objective being achieved. Our collaboration with Cadence has provided us with significant new technology to address our greatest custom design challenges."

Cadence has been working with Matsushita from the conceptual phase of Virtuoso IC 6.1. The technology provides an exceptionally fast and silicon-accurate way to design custom analog, RF, and mixed-signal ICs. Building on the Virtuoso technology's longstanding industry leadership, the latest version features an integrated design environment, modern capabilities for constraint management, and new technologies for verification and layout.

"These results demonstrate the value of our strong relationship with Matsushita," said Srinivas Raman, corporate vice president, Research and Development of Cadence. "Cadence collaborated with Matsushita to achieve the substantial design time reduction through our close relationship; it's a model of how such cooperative engagements should work. There is an enormous amount of complexity associated with these types of designs, and we're glad that we agree with Matsushita that the Virtuoso IC 6.1 delivers the best technology for tackling these challenges."

The platform delivers integrated products on a common database to address complex design requirements across process nodes. Automated constraint management helps maintain design intent within the flow and across globally distributed design chains, and high-speed, comprehensive simulation engines enable constraint refinement. The platform's layout techniques and DFM technologies combine to deliver the best, most differentiated custom silicon possible. With the latest version of the 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.

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