Cadence Creates Complete IC Package and PCB Design Flow for Linux

10/15/2003 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) announced the industry's first complete front-to-back advanced IC package and printed circuit board (PCB) design flow to run on Linux as part of its version 15.1 IC packaging and PCB design environment release. For design teams looking for proven alternatives to Windows and Unix platforms, Linux offers a high-performance, low-cost, robust and truly open-source operating system (OS). The Cadence® 15.1 software release will deliver an entire Cadence IC packaging and PCB design environment on the Linux OS, providing customers with more options as they determine their optimal EDA IT environment.

"We anticipate significant improvements in reliability and performance afforded by the release of the Cadence PSD tools for the Linux operating system," said Jamie Tait, group leader of Design Tools and Advanced Methodologies for Mitel Networks. "A Linux-based PSD will provide productivity gains for our users, as well as simplifying the administration of our design environment."

Offering its IC packaging and PCB design solutions on Linux is consistent with the Cadence commitment to provide its customers with more choices and flexibility to enhance the price/performance ratio of their PCB design environments. The Cadence PCB Design Studio, part of the 15.1 release, is a cost-conscious and scaleable design suite targeted to meet the specific price and performance needs of a design team. Running this design suite on Linux will enable Cadence customers to achieve greater price/performance from their EDA IT environment. The Cadence PCB Design Expert line will also be available on Linux, providing a cost-effective solution for design teams focused on complex, high-speed, constraint-driven PCB designs.

"IBM's Linux offerings, supported by in-depth expertise in open-source standards, provide partners like Cadence with the technology to accelerate their customers' design processes by lowering costs while boosting compute power," said David Jursik, vice president of IBM Deep Computing Sales. "By incorporating Linux as an option for its IC package and PCB design flow, Cadence is enabling its customers to creatively enhance performance and is providing its customers with the option to move away from more expensive proprietary operating systems."

"Cadence is the leader and innovator in IC package and PCB design," said Jamie Metcalfe, vice president of marketing for the silicon-package-board business unit at Cadence. "By offering the choice of having an IC packaging and PCB design flow on Linux, Cadence is continuing to provide its customers with the most choice and flexibility in hardware platform and operating system performance."

Using Linux offers significant benefits for PCB designers and IT directors who manage EDA IT infrastructure:

Pricing and Availability
The entire Cadence 15.1 IC packaging and PCB design environment release, including the PCB Design Studio and Design Expert product lines, will be available worldwide in late Q4, 2003 and will support Linux, Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Sun Solaris platforms. A one-year license for PCB Design Studio will be available for $3,600 and a one-year license for PCB Design Expert will be available for $25,200. Customers with current maintenance agreements will be able to move to the 15.1 release and take advantage of this new Linux support at no additional cost. For more information and pricing and availability outside of North America, please contact your local sales representative for more information:

Expanded North American Distribution
To continue to provide its customers with more options and flexibility in accessing Cadence industry-leading PCB technology, Cadence has expanded its relationship with EMA Design Automation, Inc., a reseller of Cadence solutions. Building on the success EMA has had in delivering customer solutions with Cadence PCB products in the eastern United States, this expanded agreement enables EMA to become a Cadence solution provider throughout North America. EMA has a strong history of successfully working with Cadence to provide customers with top-quality day-to-day sales account management. For more information, please contact EMA at or call 1-877-362-3321.

About Cadence
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