Fujitsu Standardizes on Cadence Incisive Conformal Technology

9/9/2004 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN; Nasdaq: CDN) announced that Fujitsu Limited has standardized worldwide on the Cadence® IncisiveTM Conformal® equivalence checking solution for verifying the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) requirements of its highly complex, multi-million-gate system-on-chip designs.

"Fujitsu's leading-edge chip and system technology has resulted in some of the most advanced designs available for digital audio-visual and communications applications," said Kazuyuki Kawauchi, General Manager, Design Methodology Development Division, LSI Group, Fujitsu Limited. "We've utilized the Conformal technology for four years and have tested it extensively for all our ASIC flows. Incisive Conformal is our equivalence checking solution of choice because of its superior performance, capacity and the ease with which the tool could be deployed to our design teams. Our design teams can reap the benefits of efficient and comprehensive verification from RTL to netlist, helping speed time-to-market and maximizing first-pass silicon success."

Incisive Conformal technology checks the functional equivalence of different versions of a design at various critical stages and enables the designer to identify and correct errors as soon as they are introduced. The result is faster, more accurate bug detection and correction throughout the entire design flow. By providing complete verification coverage, re-spin risk is minimized.

"Incisive Conformal equivalence checking is one of the best complete solutions available that meets our RTL flow requirement," Kazuyuki Kawauchi continued. "Approximately 400 Incisive Conformal licenses are being used by Fujitsu engineers in our design and verification flows, and its unique abilities to verify complex optimizations have resulted in many successful tape-outs."

"The feedback from working closely with our customers, such as Fujitsu, enables us to find new ways to enhance our technology to help compress the verification cycle and ease the burden presented by the verification bottleneck," said Michael Chang, vice president of R&D, Incisive Formal Verification division, Cadence. "Collaboration with customers like Fujitsu helps ensure that we meet the requirements of their next-generation designs, as well as the needs of their customers across the silicon design chain."

With success in thousands of tape-outs, Incisive Conformal technology is the most widely supported equivalence checking solution in the industry, and can verify a wide variety of circuits, including complex arithmetic logic, datapath, memories, and custom logic. The technology also provides extended functional checks that are complementary to equivalence checking. These types of checks include clock domain crossing and structural and semantic checks to help designers find difficult implementation bugs not previously verified by traditional equivalence checking.

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Cadence, the Cadence logo, and Conformal are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems in the United States and other countries. Incisive is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems.

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