TI Choses Cadence First Encounter for Physical Prototype and Placement System

2/19/2003 - Texas Instruments (TI) has selected Cadence(R) First Encounter(R) physical prototype and placement system for use worldwide by its ASIC team. TI will integrate First Encounter into its flow for application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designs as the partitioning and time budgeting solution for complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs). TI also has integrated Cadence CeltIC(TM) into its ASIC design flow as the sign-off crosstalk glitch analysis tool, and completed qualification work of Cadence's 64-bit 4.0 NC-SIM for chip simulation, supporting both VHDL and Verilog use for very large chip designs.

"We have found the Cadence technology effective to address the unique challenges of nanometer process technologies," said Steve Sutton, vice president, TI ASIC. "We selected Cadence First Encounter because it simplifies the design of large chips. It is a key element of TI's state-of-the-art hierarchical design flow. With predictable control of partitioning and budgeting, we and our customers can significantly improve time-to-market with complex chip designs."

Commenting on the announcement, Ping Chao, Cadence general manager, Digital IC Solutions, said, "The selection of our Encounter technology by TI highlights the unique ability of Cadence solutions to handle complex designs in advanced process technologies."

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 5,300 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 is available at www.cadence.com.

Cadence, the Cadence logo, and First Encounter are registered trademarks, and CeltIC is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

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