Toumaz Standardizes on Cadence Tools and Services for New Class of Ultra-Low Power Semiconductors

7/30/2002 - Cadence Design Systems Inc., (NYSE:CDN), the world's leading supplier of electronic design products and services, announced today that Toumaz Technology Limited, a spin-out company from Imperial College, London, UK that is developing ultra low power Advanced Mixed Signal systems (AMx(TM)), has standardized its design flow on Cadence tools and methodology services.

Toumaz is using a front-to-back analog design flow based on Cadence® tools including custom Virtuoso® IC layout tools, Spectre® Circuit and RF Simulation, Cadence Analog Design Environment, Diva® physical verification and will utilize Cadence methodology services for digital synthesis and layout.

The AMx technology developed by Toumaz represents a new class of integrated circuit that combines analog and digital elements to achieve power reduction levels of up to 1,000 times that of traditional components. This is achieved by handling calculations using analog systems under the management of a digital controller, rather than an all-digital approach.

The ultra low power nature of the mixed signal technology being developed by Toumaz make it ideal for applications around the human computer interface, such as bio-medical, bio-metric, sensing, signal processing and personal communication applications.

Toumaz selected Cadence as its electronic design automation (EDA) partner after valuing the contribution of Cadence in assisting research staff at Imperial College during the development of critical devices and techniques for ultra-low power processing applications.

"Toumaz continued its relationship with Cadence from the academic environment right through to the commercial environment," said Keith Errey, CEO, Toumaz. "The flexibility offered by Cadence in terms of purchasing model and resourcing has enabled us to focus development effort on our core strength - the development of low power analog systems - whilst using Cadence's tools and methodology services for other elements of the development work."

"Toumaz's technology could have huge implications for low powered design," said Tom Brigiotta, vice president Sales & Marketing Europe, Cadence Design Systems. "Cadence is keen to support early stage companies and has developed a number of business models to make these types of projects successful."

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