OpenAccess Powers Cadence Virtuoso Chip Editor Chip Finishing by 10x

5/20/2003 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN), announced the release of the Cadence(R) Virtuoso(R) Chip Editor chip finisher, which uses the OpenAccess application programming interface (API) and database to directly link the Cadence Encounter(TM) digital platform with the Cadence custom environment. With OpenAccess, Virtuoso Chip Editor provides customers with up to 10 times the performance and up to 3 times the capacity for digital and mixed-signal designs.

Chip finishing is the final stage of design implementation. Historically, it has required the painfully slow exchange of multi-gigabyte data files (for example, DEF or GDSII formats) between digital and custom environments. SoC Encounter(TM) and Virtuoso Chip Editor use the highly efficient OpenAccess database to eliminate this file-transfer bottleneck. Chip finishing flows between SoC Encounter and Virtuoso Chip Editor can now be completed in a matter of minutes as compared to several hours -- a significant productivity boost benefiting customers and their silicon partners. Customers have evaluated Virtuoso Chip Editor and are now incorporating it into their production design flows.

"We've evaluated Cadence's new Virtuoso Chip Editor on the OpenAccess database at Agere," said Kathy Krisch, director of Modeling and Design Kits at Agere Systems. "We were able to load and edit our designs in a fraction of the time it previously took. As a result of this evaluation, we plan to deploy design libraries and PDKs (process design kits) for OpenAccess so that we can use Virtuoso Chip Editor as our Cadence chip finishing solution. The improved performance of Virtuoso Chip Editor will allow us to optimize the critical final stage of our design flow, allowing us to get our products to market more quickly."

"Virtuoso Chip Editor and SoC Encounter leverage OpenAccess to set a new standard for chip finishing," said Yaakov Milstain, corporate vice president and general manager of Custom IC at Cadence. "Our investments in using OpenAccess technology as the infrastructure for our design and implementation platforms are now paying off for our customers. And, since Virtuoso Chip Editor is part of the Virtuoso family, our customers' investment in DFII and SKILL is preserved."

Pricing and Availability
The Cadence Virtuoso Chip Editor is available now, with pricing starting at $50,000 for a one-year, time-based license.

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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