4/2/2004 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) and Rising Micro-Electronics Co., Ltd., announced that Rising successfully taped out its first series of 10Gbps high-speed optical transmission integrated circuits (ICs), in less than 16 weeks. The circuits were developed using the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform. Leveraging the unified platform, complete flow and best-of-breed technology offered by the Virtuoso platform for advanced custom IC development, Rising was able to tape out its complex communication ICs without having to re-spin silicon.
Touting itself as the first local IC design house to commercialize a 10Gbps optical transmission IC with its proprietary intellectual property (IP), Rising is targeting its first series of ICs at various high-end applications, such as 10Gbps optical Ethernet links, optical data links, high-definition television (HDTV) optical fiber links, synchronous optical network (SONET) OC-192, synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) STM-64 and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM).
"The Cadence Virtuoso platform includes advanced custom IC technologies required to develop complex radio frequency (RF) ICs. It also enabled us to enhance our proprietary IP portfolio in the RF IC space," said Jianci Chen, vice president, Rising. "With Cadence technology and excellent support, we are confident we will bring more quality products to the Chinese market."
"Rising is the newest Cadence customer using the Virtuoso platform for RF IC design in China. Rising's achievements reinforce the commitment of Cadence to ensure customer success," said Wayne Tang, General Manager, China/Hong Kong Operations. "The combination of the skilled Rising design team and the best-of-breed Cadence technology and services was the critical factor that led to the successful tapeout. This accomplishment illustrates the continued support of Cadence, enabling Chinese design companies to offer innovative, high-performance IC designs with first-pass silicon success."
The key components of the Virtuoso platform used by Rising include the Virtuoso Schematic Editor, Virtuoso Layout Editor, Virtuoso Spectre® Circuit Simulator and Virtuoso Spectre RF Simulation Option, Diva® physical verification and Virtuoso Analog Design Environment.
Based on this successful collaboration, Cadence and Rising have agreed to jointly work on future projects, such as front-end transceiver ICs for GPS, GSM, CDMA, and WLAN applications, as well as a 40Gbps high-speed optical transmission IC chipset.
Rising Micro-Electronics Co., Ltd. is a high-tech joint venture specialized in RF IC design, testing and packaging with registered capital of USD 10 million. 95% of the approximately 60 employees carry master degrees or above, or with multi-year experience in world class IC design. Rising has R&D centers in Guangzhou Tianhe Software Park and Silicon Valley. More information about Rising's products and services is available at http://www.rising-ic.com.
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 4,800 employees and 2003 revenues of approximately $1.1 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 www.cadence.com.
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