Cadence Fire and Ice QX Qualifies for Chartered's Nanometer Processes

11/16/2004 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) (Nasdaq: CDN) and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq: CHRT and SGX-ST: CHARTERED) announced that they have jointly qualified the Cadence Fire & Ice® QX cell-based extraction tool for Chartered’s advanced nanometer processes. By integrating Fire & Ice QX into the Chartered-Cadence digital integrated circuit (IC) reference flow, companies can shorten the time from chip design to volume production.

Through this collaboration, designers can use Cadence Fire & Ice QX to determine the timing of their designs on Chartered’s advanced processes and correctly account for cross coupling capacitances critical for signal integrity (SI) analysis. With timely access to more accurate analysis results, design teams can meet performance specifications and improve time-to-market cycles without over-constraining their designs.

With its innovative 3-D scanning engine and models, Fire & Ice QX is able to accurately model the new classes of manufacturing effects introduced with leading-edge process technologies. For example, Fire & Ice QX calculates the capacitive effect of dummy metal fill on signal wires, which can complicate timing closure on modern designs. Less accurate extraction tools may either overestimate these SI effects resulting in project delays while designers sort through false timing violations, or underestimate the SI effects resulting in undetected timing violations and non-functional silicon.

Advanced packages such as flip-chips require wide, non-Manhattan top-level metal routing. Accurate resistance calculations are required to model these routes correctly. The resistance engine in Fire & Ice QX has also been significantly enhanced to deliver highly accurate resistance values on these challenging structures.

“Interconnect modeling and extraction are key considerations for companies targeting nanometer process technologies,” said Kevin Meyer, vice president of worldwide marketing and services at Chartered. “Collaboration with Cadence enables us to service mutual customers with faster access to pre-qualified technology files and broader support across Chartered’s advanced process platforms. By qualifying Cadence Fire & Ice QX to help streamline the design-through-manufacturing flow, companies can predict with greater accuracy the silicon performance of their designs prior to tapeout.”

“Open collaboration by companies within the design chain can provide fabless customers the comprehensive solutions needed to address each new technology node,” said Jan Willis, senior vice president of Industry Marketing at Cadence. “Working closely with leading foundries such as Chartered ensures that engineers using our digital and custom IC design platforms have a smooth and efficient path from design through physical implementation.”

Fire & Ice QX technology files for Chartered’s latest process technologies can be found on its customer website at

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 four fabrication facilities and has a fifth fab, the company's first 300mm facility, which is expected to begin pilot production by the end of 2004.

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). Information about Chartered can be found at

About Cadence
Cadence is the world’s largest supplier of electronic design technologies and engineering services. Cadence products and services are used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking equipment, telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and other electronics based products. With approximately 4,850 employees and 2003 revenues of approximately $1.1 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centres, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and trades on both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq under the symbol CDN. More information is available at

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