Freescale Adopts Cadence Analog Mixed Signal Methodology Kit

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that the Cadence(R) Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) Methodology Kit has been adopted by Freescale Semiconductor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets. Freescale has adopted the AMS Methodology Kit to leverage key capabilities of advanced AMS technologies, flows, and methodologies. By using the Cadence Kit as their baseline methodology, Freescale can more quickly capture and globally deploy, internally developed world-class design flow capabilities.

“The Cadence AMS Methodology Kit will give us the opportunity to apply proven and tested mixed-signal design examples to some of the complex problems we encounter when integrating analog and digital circuits into an IC,” said Ross Hirschi, director of Methodology and Flow Development at Freescale Semiconductor. “We anticipate that the verified methodologies within this Cadence Kit will help us document and deploy leading-edge mixed-signal methodologies at higher level of productivity than before.”

“Cadence is extremely pleased to be working with Freescale and providing them with the AMS Methodology Kit to speed up their flow development,” said Ajay Malhotra, senior vice president of Marketing at Cadence. “Cadence continues to put significant investment behind our Kits strategy in an effort to support our customers in their pursuit of a more efficient solution to today’s design challenges.”

Cadence kits enable IC designers to accelerate technology-specific product development. Cadence Kits address design challenges in EDA technology segments such as AMS, Silicon-in-Package (SiP), coverage-driven functional verification, and Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) applications by combining verified methodologies and flows, demonstrated on a segment-representative design and packaged with Applicability Consulting. By using Cadence kits, customers can focus more of their design resources on design differentiation rather than developing design infrastructure.

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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.

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