Cadence Aligns With Jazz Semiconductor to Provide Faster Time-to-Market With Mixed-Signal and RF Design Solutions

7/2/2002 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN), the world's leading supplier of electronic design products and services, announced a collaboration with Jazz Semiconductor to provide Cadence® analog/mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) design solutions. Jazz Semiconductor, an independent, high performance, mixed-signal, and RF silicon foundry, has selected Cadence Analog Design and custom physical layout environments as the gold standard for design, simulation, and layout. Jazz Semiconductor chose Cadence based on the breadth and quality of its solution, and to speed time-to-market for its customers' mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits (ICs).

Jazz Semiconductor has adopted Cadence Analog Design Environment with the Spectre® and SpectreRF simulation engines, and Virtuoso® XL layout editor to comprise their design environment. The Cadence flow will help enable customers to generate RF and mixed-signal designs for Jazz Semiconductor's foundry that are correct-by-construction, manufacturable, and match the intended functionality of the chip. Cadence tools are utilized early in the design flow for the schematic capture, simulation, and layout processes. This will help to ensure a smooth transition from design to manufacturing and enable Jazz customers to achieve a competitive advantage through faster time-to-market.

"Cadence offers a high-quality design technology suite for integrated design processes," said Marco Racanelli, executive director of research and development of Jazz Semiconductor. "The Cadence solution enables our customers to leverage analog communications functions within the same die, reducing overall design time and facilitating a faster time-to-market."

"Jazz Semiconductor has a reputation of providing its customers with high-quality RF and mixed-signal design kits, built on a robust Cadence platform, for the development of reliable, next-generation integrated circuit designs," said Jim Hogan, senior vice president of Cadence Design Systems. "Cadence Analog Design Environment and custom physical layout environment provide mixed-signal and RF designers the ability to create more complex designs faster and with the confidence it will be right the first time. We are pleased that Cadence technology has been selected by Jazz Semiconductor."

About Jazz Semiconductor
Jazz Semiconductor manufactures semiconductor wafers that enable the development of high-performance, low-power radio-frequency (RF) wireless and broadband wireline communications products. The company's rich heritage in analog and RF integrated circuits (IC) manufacturing has evolved into a leadership position in silicon germanium (SiGe) bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) and silicon BiCMOS technologies and design tools that are setting the standard for communications IC foundry services. The company's wafers are manufactured using bipolar, BiCMOS, SiGe, analog, and mixed-signal CMOS process technologies. The ISO-9000 certified facility includes 100,000 square feet of Class 1 clean-room space, and has the capacity to support 21,000 eight-inch wafer starts per month. Jazz Semiconductor is a privately held company headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., and has approximately 650 employees. To learn more, visit us at

About Cadence
Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design technologies, methodology services, and design services. Cadence solutions are used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics-based products. IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society, honored Cadence with its 2002 Corporate Innovation Recognition award. With approximately 5,600 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. More information about the company, its products and services are available at

For more information, please contact:
Parvesh Bal-Sandhu
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

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