Cadence Optimizes, Qualifies IBM Nanometer Technology with Reference Flow

6/18/2003 - Cadence Design Systems (NYSE:CDN) announced the availability of a qualified reference flow for IBM technology based on the Cadence® Encounter(TM) platform. This reference flow has been validated through a 130 nm test design incorporating intellectual property ("IP") from IBM, Cadence and third-party IP providers.

The reference flow optimizes the silicon design chain, to help enable a low risk path from design to volume production for Cadence and IBM foundry customers. The flow has been qualified for the Ready for IBM Technology mark establishing it as validated and compatible with IBM Microelectronics products.

"The development of this reference flow is another step in the on-going collaboration between Cadence and IBM," said Michael Concannon, vice president of foundry and complimentary products, IBM Microelectronics division. "This reference flow will enable our customers to achieve a quicker path to production silicon, with reduced design risk, using the leading-edge IBM process technologies."

The reference flow for nanometer designs utilizes the Cadence Encounter platform from virtual prototyping through physical implementation. The platform offers the industry's first complete RTL-to-GDSII hierarchical integrated circuit (IC) implementation solution for nanometer design.

"The availability of the Cadence Encounter reference flow enables customers to take full advantage of IBM's leading-edge chip-making technology through IBM's foundry business," said Charlie Huang, corporate vice president of business development at Cadence. "With the combination of superior IBM processes and market-leading Cadence design tools, we have improved productivity, to help our customers achieve the shortest path from design to volume production for nanometer designs."

IBM and Cadence Collaboration
The Cadence Encounter-based reference flow builds upon a long-standing relationship between IBM and Cadence. In September 2002, IBM and Cadence established a new series of agreements including extending IBM's use of existing tools, and adding new tools to design chips for both internal purposes, as well as for external customers. In addition, Cadence acquired IP associated with select IBM in-house EDA test tools for incorporation into the Cadence product family. Finally, in addition to achieving the Ready for IBM Technology mark, Cadence has been awarded Advanced Business Partner status within IBM's PartnerWorld(TM) for Developers -- a worldwide marketing and enablement program for all business partners across IBM.

About IBM Microelectronics
IBM Microelectronics is a key contributor to IBM's role as the world's premier information technology supplier. It develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art semiconductor and interconnect technologies, products and services. IBM Microelectronics activities are focused in three major areas: custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips, PowerPC(TM)-based standard chip products, and high-tech foundry services. Its superior integrated solutions can be found in many of the world's best-known electronic brands.

IBM is a recognized innovator in the chip industry, having been first with advances like more power-efficient copper wiring in place of aluminum, faster silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and silicon germanium transistors, and improved low-k dielectric insulation between chip wires. These and other innovations have contributed to IBM's standing as the number one U.S. patent holder for 10 consecutive years. More information about IBM Microelectronics can be found at:

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

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