December 03, 2007 08:00 ET

GUC Joins Power Forward Initiative

GUC to Leverage CPF-Based Low Power Solutions to Accelerate Development of Consumer Products

HSINCHU, TAIWAN--(Marketwire - December 3, 2007) - Global Unichip Corp. (GUC; TW:3443), a dedicated full service SoC (System-On-Chip) Design Foundry, and the Power Forward Initiative (PFI) today announced that GUC has joined the Initiative and will be offering Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled low-power flow for their design service customers. With the addition of GUC, the PFI continues to increase its momentum and now has 24 members.

GUC uses the Cadence® Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) Low-Power Solution which is designed to increase productivity, manage design complexity, and shorten time to market.

"Low-power design capability is extremely important to GUC customers," said C.C. Hsieh, vice president of Design Service at GUC. "A high percentage of designs coming to GUC are targeted for consumer products which require low-power implementations. CPF provides the mechanism for clear communication of low-power intent between the customer and GUC; this helps us deliver high-quality low-power solutions to our customers."

"We welcome GUC to the Power Forward Initiative and look forward to their contribution to make low-power design a success for the electronics industry," said Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, corporate vice president, IC Digital and Power Forward at Cadence. "We applaud GUC's leadership; it is critical for the semiconductor industry to work closely together to advance low-power technologies, design, and production solutions."

CPF is an Si2-approved standard format for specifying power-saving techniques early in the design process -- enabling sharing and reuse of low-power intelligence throughout the design process. The Cadence Low-Power Solution is the industry's first complete flow that integrates logic design, verification, and implementation with the Si2-standard Common Power Format.

About Power Forward Initiative

The Power Forward Initiative, which has more than 20 member companies, is an industry initiative sponsored by Cadence and has the goal of enabling the design and production of more power-efficient electronic devices. The initiative includes companies representing a broad cross section of the design chain including system, semiconductor, foundry, IP, EDA, ASIC and design services companies. CPF was contributed by Cadence to the Si2 Low Power Coalition in December 2006 and CPF 1.0 is now available as an Si2 standard to the industry at large.

About Global Unichip Corp.

Global Unichip Corp. (GUC), a dedicated full service SoC (System on Chip) Design Foundry based in Taiwan, was founded in 1998. GUC provides total solutions from silicon-proven IPs to complex time-to-market SoC turnkey services. GUC is committed to providing the most advanced and the best price-performance silicon solutions through close partnership with TSMC, GUC's major shareholder, and other key packaging and testing power houses. With state of the art EDA tools, advanced methodologies, and experienced technical team, GUC ensures the highest quality and lowest risks to achieve first silicon success. GUC has established a global customer base throughout Greater China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Europe. Its track-record in complex SoC designs has brought benefits to customers in time to revenue at the lowest risk. For more information, please visit

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Florence Chi
    Global Unichip Corp.
    Tel: +886.3.564.6600

    Michael Fournell, for Power Forward Initiative
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Tel: +1 408.428.5135