IBM and Cadence Use Supercomputing Power of Linux in Leading Electronic Design Solutions

1/21/2003 - Building on a long-standing relationship to provide the world's leading integrated circuit design solutions, IBM and Cadence Design Systems, Inc.(NYSE:CDN) announced an agreement to jointly optimize and market electronic design solutions from Cadence using IBM's advanced Linux-based technology.

The agreement enables joint customers to benefit from the supercomputing power of Linux clusters -- running comprehensive electronic design technology from Cadence on IBM's industrial-strength eServers and IntelliStations -- to develop integrated circuit (IC) solutions with greater cost efficiency, performance and flexibility. The Linux platform's interoperability and modularity better leverage the multi-processor performance and large memory capacity available in these systems, significantly speeding customers' time-to-market for new designs and lowering overall cost in what is one of the world's most competitive industries.

Electronic design solutions from Cadence enable the design of electronic systems and semiconductors down to nanometer scale. Cadence(R) solutions are used by virtually all of the world's wireless, networking, computer and other consumer electronics companies. Under the joint agreement, Cadence design solutions will run on IBM(R) eServer(R) xSeries(R) systems, IBM(R) eServer(R) Linux(R) Clusters systems, and IBM(R) IntelliStation(R) workstations using an open standards-based Linux platform.

"This agreement is a perfect example of how Linux has proven to be a 'game changer,' allowing Cadence and IBM to provide new, high-performance, high-reliability solutions," said Lorene Steffes, general manager of IBM's Global Electronics sector. "Through our joint initiative, the customer will be able to gain access to a new generation of electronic design tools that use the open-source, cost effective architecture of Linux to offer solutions with faster time-to-market, reduced costs and sharpened competitive advantage."

Under the terms of the agreement, Cadence will optimize its digital verification, physical verification, digital IC, and custom IC tools to operate on IBM's Intel(R)-processor-based eServer xSeries, eServer Linux Clusters, and IntelliStation workstations running Red Hat(R) Advanced Server and Linux operating systems. In addition, to take full advantage of the synergy of the Cadence EDA tools ported to IBM eServers and IBM's adaptation of these technologies to Cadence applications, Cadence and IBM will engage in a series of joint training and education sessions as well as participate in a series of joint sales and marketing activities to bring the new solutions to market.

"Performance, reliability, cost-efficiency and time-to-market are four of the most critical factors in the development of electronics products today," said Penny Herscher, chief marketing officer and executive vice president for Cadence. "By taking advantage of the commonality and versatility of Linux, Cadence and IBM are able to reinforce both companies' longstanding commitment to customer success. This agreement represents a major advance in the application of Linux and a new milestone in our relationship with IBM." Cadence plans to complete the Linux support roll-out for most of its IC Solutions products by the end of the first quarter of 2003. Products such as Spectre(R) and Cadence Chip Assembly Router that were released late in 2002 have already shown performance improvements of up to 7X at many customer sites.

The new agreement builds on IBM's strategic commitment to Linux and the open source movement. In the more than two years since IBM has embraced Linux, it has helped customers and partners utilize Linux in record numbers -- with more than 4,600 customer engagements using Linux. In addition, IBM is committed to using Linux inside IBM with more than 1,000 servers running Linux. Mission-critical applications that run Linux include the IBM Web site, the IT infrastructure for IBM's new $2.5 billion 300-millimeter chip-manufacturing facility, and the IT environment that supports more than 300,000 IBM employees worldwide.

About IBM
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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. With approximately 5,200 employees and 2002 revenues of approximately $1.3 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

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