ATI Develops Radeon X800 High-Speed Graphics Chips with Cadence Encounter

7/22/2004 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) announced that the Cadence® EncounterTM digital IC design platform has helped ATI Technologies Inc. implement the world’s fastest, most powerful visual processor technology. Using the Cadence Encounter technologies in combination with its first-class design team, ATI achieved first pass silicon success of its critically-acclaimed Radeon X800 family of high-speed graphics chips, while besting previous industry records for performance, power efficiency, and compactness.

ATI employed the Encounter solution as it set a new standard in graphics performance and visual realism with its nanometer-scale, 520 MHz, 160-million-plus transistor hierarchical Visual Processing Unit. Signal integrity (SI) and timing closure, coupled with ease of use and significant savings in design time, made the Encounter platform’s production-proven new-generation technology the choice to deliver a faster route to silicon.

“The combination of NanoRouteTM and CeltICTM technologies gave my team the speed, capacity, and quality of results required to reach this landmark achievement,” said Bob Patel, director of engineering at ATI. “We were especially impressed with NanoRoute’s SMART routing technology and its ability to dramatically reduce the SI violations reported by CeltIC, while preserving the timing predicted in prototyping.”

“Through proprietary design techniques and the Encounter platform technologies, we were able to achieve an extremely compact and power efficient design that has set new industry records for performance,” said Greg Buchner, vice president of engineering at ATI. “The X800 design is the most aggressive and complex visual processing technology in ATI’s history, and without the support of Cadence and the technologies of the Encounter platform, we would not be in the award-winning position we enjoy today.”

“We heartily congratulate ATI on the success of the Radeon X800 series and are pleased that the capabilities of the Encounter platform provided ATI with the ability to meet their most complex design challenges,” said Wei-Jin Dai, platform vice president, digital IC implementation at Cadence. “With continued customer successes such as this, the Encounter platform further extends its lead in digital IC implementation.”

About Cadence
Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design technologies and engineering 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 centres, 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

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