Fire & Ice Leads Cadence, Chartered to 90-nm IC Design Solutions

9/19/2003 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN) and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (NASDAQ: CHRT), one of the world's top three dedicated semiconductor foundries, announced a collaboration to provide a streamlined path from design to volume production for Chartered NanoAccessTM 90-nanometer (nm) manufacturing technologies using Cadence's leading solutions for nanometer design. Foundry-validated technology files for Cadence® Fire & Ice® QXC and AssuraTM DRC/LVS/RCX targeting Chartered's 90nm processes will be available to their mutual customers. The two companies are also working on a roadmap for a jointly qualified reference design flow. In keeping with this collaboration, Cadence has joined Chartered's NanoAccess Alliance.

"The push toward 90nm has uncovered significant design challenges. Our collaboration with Cadence will ensure that our customers have access to world-class solutions to tackle these issues," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of worldwide marketing and services at Chartered. "With the combination of our 90nm process technology and leading custom and digital IC design tools from Cadence, we are solving the key issues associated with physical verification and signal integrity that designers are facing today."

"Our on-going collaboration with Chartered highlights our commitment to support our customers on the latest process technologies from leading-edge foundries," said Charlie Huang, corporate vice president of business development, Cadence. "Cadence is working closely with Chartered to address customers' nanometer design needs with industry-leading physical verification, parasitic extraction and signal integrity solutions for achieving design closure. This will reduce customers' design risk, enabling a faster ramp from design to volume production."

Nanometer Solution for Parasitic Extraction
Fire & Ice QXC is one of the most accurate cell-based extractors for nanometer-scale digital IC designs. It enables Chartered customers to have accurate extraction correlation to real silicon timing results. Fire & Ice QXC incorporates new-generation 3-D models that correctly account for all copper and optical effects, enabling designers to reduce timing margins, as well as improve the performance and yield of their designs. Integrated seamlessly with the Cadence EncounterTM digital IC design platform, Fire & Ice QXC enables silicon-accurate timing closure, signal integrity analysis and power verification (using SignalStormTM and CeltICTM signal integrity and VoltageStorm® power grid verification) of nanometer designs within a single platform.

Integrated Physical Verification & Parasitic Extraction Solution
Assura DRC/LVS/RCX is a leading physical verification and parasitic extraction solution for custom ICs. It helps drive a device-level integrated solution to the 90nm node for Chartered customers. The Assura solution supports the verification and parasitic extraction of leading-edge processes that utilize copper technology and is capable of handling advanced analog and mixed-signal designs down to the nanometer range. In addition to extracting parasitic resistance and capacitance, Assura RCX can also perform self and mutual (coupling) inductance extraction, which can be critical for optimizing high-frequency analog, mixed-signal and RF designs. Assura physical verification is part of the Cadence Virtuoso® custom design platform and provides seamless physical verification, parasitic extraction, simulation and analysis of custom ICs within a single environment.

The Fire & Ice QXC technology files for Chartered's 90nm process are available now from Chartered. The Assura DRC/LVS/RCX rule decks for 90nm will be available in Q4 2003.

About Chartered
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, one of the world's top three dedicated semiconductor foundries, is forging a customized approach to outsourced semiconductor manufacturing by building lasting and collaborative partnerships with its customers. The Company provides flexible and cost-effective manufacturing solutions for customers, enabling the convergence of communications, computing and consumer markets. In Singapore, Chartered operates five fabrication facilities and has a sixth fab, which will be developed as a 300mm facility.

A company with both global presence and perspective, Chartered is traded on both the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: CHRT) and on the Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST: CHARTERED). Chartered's 3,500 employees are based at 11 locations around the world. Information about Chartered 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 5,000 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

Cadence, the Cadence logo, Virtuoso, VoltageStorm, Fire & Ice QXC are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Assura, SignalStorm, CeltIC and Encounter are trademarks of Cadence. NanoAccess is a trademark of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing.

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