Cadence Encounter Platform Leads Azul to High-Density, High-Speed Chip

12/2/2004 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) announced that fabless design house Azul Systems has successfully implemented a high-density, high-speed design using the Cadence® EncounterTM digital IC platform and RTL Compiler. With the Encounter flow, Azul minimized its risks in timing closure, power management, signal integrity and design for manufacturability.

To realize top quality of silicon (QoS), Azul leveraged the leading technologies of the Encounter platform, including the Cadence RTL Compiler synthesis and CeltICTM signal integrity tools. The design was targeted to a leading edge process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Azul achieved maximized QoS through improved area, performance and power after wires. Coupled with direct support from Cadence, Azul was able to take advantage of an extremely fast route to successful silicon.

“We used the Cadence Encounter flow with standard cell libraries from TSMC to design a high performance chip with multiple levels of hierarchy,” said Scott Sellers, vice president of Hardware Engineering, CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems. “Utilizing CeltIC provided us an advanced signal integrity analysis capability. Coupled with RTL Compiler’s concurrent global synthesis capabilities, this helped us achieve our aggressive frequency target. Working with Cadence gives us access to a pre-eminent design flow, leading edge tools and foundry support for our nanometer design”.

“Azul’s successful deployment of the Encounter platform was another example of our open industry collaboration,” said Wei-Jin Dai, platform vice president, digital IC implementation for Cadence. “Through optimisation of the TSMC in-house library technology data with the Encounter platform, and as a full-line distributor of TSMC in-house libraries, we are able to provide customers such as Azul easy access to top design automation technology and foundry expertise to meet their most pressing nanometer design challenges.”

About Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
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

About Azul Systems, Inc.
Azul Systems is introducing the industry's first network attached processing solution designed to unbound compute resources for Java and J2EE platform-based enterprise applications. Azul compute appliances eliminate capacity planning at the application level and much of the cost and complexity associated with the conventional delivery of computing resources. More information on Azul Systems can be found at

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