IIT Kharagpur Tapes Out Chipsets with Cadence Virtuoso Platform

5/14/2004 - Cadence Design Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd., the Indian arm of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN), and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur announced that the students of IIT Kharagpur's VLSI Design Lab have successfully taped out complete analog, RF and mixed-signal chipsets using the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform. These chipsets are targeted primarily at the communications and power supply markets.

The tapeouts gave IIT Kharagpur's electronics, electrical and computer science students invaluable experience in end-to-end design, allowing them to translate theoretical knowledge into a real practical chip design.

"This is a significant milestone for our VLSI lab as our students have demonstrated their ability to translate hours of theory instruction into a working electronic device. Their exposure to and use of Cadence's industry-leading EDA technology greatly complements their skills," said P P Chakrabarti, dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the professor-in-charge of the Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory, IIT Kharagpur. "We are committed to working with the industry to enhance and expedite the learning process here."

"Due to the support of our partners and the efforts of students and faculty, this laboratory has become recognized as the best university-level chip design laboratory in India and comparable to some of the best in the world," said Amit Patra, professor of electrical engineering and associate professor-in-charge of the laboratory. "A major strength of the laboratory is in the design of analog and mixed-signal circuits like amplifiers, voltage regulators, modulator-demodulators, analog-to-digital converters, and state-of-the-art RF circuits, most of which have been designed using the Virtuoso platform. The laboratory has also developed strong expertise in the design of digital processors for encryption and digital communication, CAD and formal verification."

"Cadence has been working very closely with academia and government bodies to help grow the electronic design industry in India," said Himanshu Singh, executive director for India & SAARC, Cadence Design Systems Inc. "This achievement by IIT Kharagpur reflects the institute's excellent faculty and leadership in this field, Cadence's commitment to supporting Indian educational institutes, and the success of our joint efforts in providing IIT Kharagpur's students the best possible learning experience."

About IIT Kharagpur
The Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, the first of the chain of seven IITs, was established in 1951 to cater to the need for skilled manpower in the country. Today, IIT Kharagpur has come a long way to its present position of preeminence with eighteen academic departments, eight multidisciplinary centers, a School of Management, a School of Telecommunications and several sophisticated central facilities. It is the largest and most diversified among all the IITs and is rated to be consistently one of the best engineering institutions in the country.

Some of the distinctive features of the IIT programmes are science-based engineering education, emphasis on complete education, continuous internal evaluation and flexibility for experimentation, upgradation and innovation in curriculum design. Over the last four decades of its existence, IIT Kharagpur has redefined its aims, broadened its objectives, and introduced major changes in its programmes and priorities. The syllabi and the curricula are constantly updated and modified keeping in pace with technological developments.

The Institute has always been internationally recognized in the area of Microelectronics and VLSI Design. However, the need for a state-of-the-art fabrication facility was seriously felt particularly with the advent of the deep-sub-micron era. To remove this difficulty the Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory was set up about three years ago with the bulk of the financial inputs coming from the Alumni of this institute. The most important aspect of this laboratory that set it apart from other such University-level facilities is the enthusiastic support it received from the industry partners, namely National Semiconductor, Cadence, Synopsys, Sun Microsystems and Agilent Technologies. More companies like Intel Corporation and Texas Instruments have started showing interest in the laboratory.

Such an expensive state-of-the art facility has been made possible by generous contributions from some very distinguished alumni of IIT Kharagpur, Mr. Arjun Malhotra, Dr. Suhas Patil and Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee and National Semiconductor Corporation's Planets Programme which provided free fabrication at 0.25 and 0.18 micron technologies.

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 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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