Cadence Palladium System Selected By S3 Following Competitive Evaluation

10/30/2002 - Cadence Design Systems, the world's leading supplier of electronic design products and services, announced that S3/Via Technologies purchased the Palladium design verification system. S3, a leader in the converging Internet, digital media, entertainment, and consumer electronics markets, selected Palladium following an extensive evaluation of available simulation-acceleration and in-circuit emulation technologies. S3 is using Palladium for hardware/software co-verification of its next generation 3D graphics design, a multi-million-gate chip being implemented in 130-nanometer technology.

"Unlike the other hardware-based verification solutions we evaluated, Palladium fit our design size in a single system and is scalable for our larger, future designs," said Michael Shiuan, vice president, Design Engineering, S3/Via Technologies. "Using Palladium on one workstation, we achieved a 35-minute total compile time on a 3.3-million-gate benchmark design, which was much faster than other providers' tools. Palladium also provides fast run-time performance and the debug capability we need for hardware/software co-verification of very complex graphics designs."

The Palladium system can be used for both simulation-acceleration and in-circuit emulation and is ideal for verifying networking, wireless, multimedia and computing chips and systems. It incorporates a scalable hardware and software environment supporting designs from 2-million to 128-million ASIC gates and up to 64GB of RAM.

"We are very pleased S3 selected Palladium over competing technologies," said Christopher Tice, Cadence senior vice president and general manager, Verification Acceleration. "Customers designing with today's leading-edge nanometer technologies need verification solutions that have the capacity and performance necessary to fully verify very large, complex designs. Palladium enables S3 to accelerate their time to market by providing high performance hardware/software co-verification for their state-of-the art, multi-million gate graphics chip designs."

About Cadence
Cadence is the world's largest supplier of electronic design technologies and services. Leading computer, networking, wireless, and consumer electronics companies use the company's solutions to design electronic systems and semiconductors down to nanometer scale. IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society, honored Cadence with its 2002 Corporate Innovation Recognition award. With approximately 5,500 employees and 2001 revenues of approximately $1.4 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN.

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