Fujitsu Adopts Cadence Encounter Platform for 65nm Reference Design

1/24/2006 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) announced that Fujitsu has adopted the Cadence® Encounter® digital IC design platform, with Encounter RTL Compiler GXL and SoC EncounterTM GXL technology, in its new internal reference design flow targeted at 65-nanometre chips. The Encounter-based flow has, to date, produced 150 high-end production ASICs at or below 130 nanometres with all first silicon success, out of which about 30 designs were developed at 90 nanometres.

"At 65-nanometres, there are new design challenges such as yield, process variation and leakage power," said Satoshi Andou, general manager, Design Platform Development Division, Electronic Devices Business Unit of Fujitsu Limited. "We evaluated the Cadence Encounter GXL technologies over the past six months and have been intensively incorporating its new global synthesis and physical implementation technologies into our new reference design flow for 65 nanometres. We appreciate the Cadence team's dedicated contribution to Fujitsu's successful launch of our 65-nanometre technology."

To address design-for-yield (DFY) concerns at 65 nanometres, Fujitsu and Cadence worked together to adopt the Cadence SoC Encounter GXL system's yield-aware physical implementation features. As a result of this joint collaboration, the 65-nanometre reference flow will also include SoC Encounter's Masterplan automatic floorplanner, global physical synthesis (GPS), Encounter NanoRouteTM Ultra routing, verification and chip-finishing technology. CeltIC® Nanometre Delay Calculator (NDC) and VoltageStorm® static analysis are also available to provide signoff-quality SI- and IR-aware timing.

Encounter RTL Compiler logic synthesis is also included in the reference design flow, and Fujitsu has started to evaluate new advanced synthesis features, including automatic physical-layout estimation (PLE) to address 65-nanometre design challenges. Finally, Encounter's RTL-to-GDSII low-power flow enables seamless multi-supply-voltage and multi-threshhold-voltage (Vt) designs, which is featured in the Fujitsu's leading-edge low-power solution using its low-power library.

"As a Premier Design Partner of Fujitsu, we are pleased that our advancements in synthesis, signal-integrity-based timing closure and low-power-design solutions have contributed to Fujitsu's success in a wide variety of markets, including IP and ASIC," said Wei-Jin Dai, corporate vice president, R&D for Cadence. "We applaud Fujitsu's success in maximizing the benefits of the Cadence Encounter platform."

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