Cadence Unveils Intel IXP2800 Network Processor Design-in Kits

9/18/2003 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN), announced the immediate availability of the Intel® IXP2800 design-in kit for Cadence high-speed design solutions printed circuit board (PCB) that include SPECCTRAQuest® Signal Integrity (SI) Expert and Allegro® PCB Design Expert, an integrated solution for high-speed PCB design and analysis. Cadence, a pioneer and continuing leader in the PCB design industry, assembled the Intel IXP2800 design-in kit using Intel data/IP. The new design-in kit can shorten systems companies' time to design-in the Intel® IXP2800 network processor on PCB systems by eight to 12 weeks.

"Working with Cadence, Intel has enabled customers to quickly design the Intel IXP2800 network processor into complex networking systems," said Doug Davis, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. "The Intel IXP2800 design-in kit for Cadence PCB Design will help design teams streamline board design and development and create reliable designs."

Using technology available in the Cadence SPECCTRAQuest signal design and analysis environment, IC manufacturers can develop and distribute design-in kits for PCB designers implementing new silicon devices into system products.Design-in kits make PCB designers instantly more productive. This new Cadence design-in kit enables engineers to develop optimal constraints for their product and to subsequently use these constraints to drive PCB floorplanning, routing and verification processes. Depending on the complexity of the device, the average time saved totals eight to 12 weeks.

In addition, the Intel IXP2800 design-in kit helps signal integrity and layout engineers by completing much of the design work for them by taking both SPECCTRAQuest learning and model-related issues out of the design cycle. Screenshots with detailed use instructions for SPECCTRAQuest further reduce the time to design-in the IXP2800 network processor.

"Designing with today's advanced high-performance network processors, such as the Intel IXP2800 network processor, requires one to understand and analyze various industry-standard interfaces such as RDRAM, QDR, SPI4-phase 2, CSIX and PCI 2.2 to avoid signal integrity issues and optimize the PCB design," said Kevin Roselle, chief technology officer of Bayside Design, Inc. "The Intel IXP2800 design-in kit created by Cadence is of very high quality and helped us minimize design and development time and cost. The system-level topologies and reference board with embedded constraints provided us with a very good starting point."

The Intel IXP2800 design-in kit for SPECCTRAQuest and Allegro includes:

Pricing and Availability
The Intel IXP2800 design-in kit is immediately available as part of the Intel Hardware Development Kit for the IXP2800 network processor, which Intel provides to its customers at no charge. Contact an Intel sales representative for more information.

About Cadence
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