GUC Tapes Out with Cadence Encounter Synthesis and Implementation

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced today that Global Unichip Corp. (GUC; TW:3443), a leading system-on-a-chip (SoC) design foundry, has successfully taped out a series of innovative wireless and consumer product designs in 90-nanometer technology with Cadence(R) SoC Encounter(R) combining RTL synthesis, silicon virtual prototyping, and full-chip implementation in a single RTL-to-GDSII system.

As one of the top SoC design service providers in nano-technology processes, GUC focuses on advanced processes and complex SoC designs. Cadence’s SoC Encounter minimizes design implementation time and improving design quality, helping GUC to tape out five 90-nanometer designs with first-pass silicon success. The five tape-outs include mobile and video-consumer applications with gate counts ranging from 1M to 10M gates, and clock speeds ranging from 100 MHz to 400 MHz. In addition, SoC Encounter RTL Compiler includes a global synthesis feature that helped achieve a frequency improvement of 18 percent along with a standard-cell area reduction of 10 percent when GUC hardened an ARM926 core at 260 MHz.

“We target to complete eight tape-outs in 90 nanometers by the end of 2006,” said Jim Lai, president and COO of GUC. “The Cadence Encounter platform is one of the most viable and production-proven, world-class technologies that makes it happen. We are impressed by the speed and area improvements delivered by this solution. It continues to deliver the fastest route to silicon for both mainstream and advanced process technology nodes.”

“We are pleased that the speed, capacity and maturity of the Encounter platform provided GUC with the productivity gains that allowed GUC to achieve so many successful tape-outs on schedule,” said Wei-Jin Dai, corporate vice president, digital IC implementation at Cadence. “We welcome the success of GUC and look forward to continued close collaboration with them in their future projects.”

About Cadence
Cadence enables global electronic-design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2005 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, and has approximately 5,200 employees. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry.

About Global Unichip Corp.
Global Unichip Corp. (GUC; TW:3443), a dedicated one-stop, full service SoC (System On Chip) Design Foundry, was founded in 1998 at Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. GUC provides total solutions from silicon-proven IPs to complex time-to-market SoC design, production, and testing services. With state of the art EDA tools, advanced methodologies, and experienced technical team, GUC ensures the highest quality and lowest risks to achieve first silicon success. GUC delivers a one-stop turnkey solution via its partnerships with TSMC and world-class assembly and testing houses. GUC has established a global customer base throughout Greater China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Europe. Its track-record in complex SoC designs has brought benefits to customers in time to revenue at the lowest risk. With TSMC as the major shareholder, GUC has close and complimentary relationships with other key packaging and testing partners to be further committed to presenting the most advanced and the best price-performance silicon solutions.

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