Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced the successful kick-off of the 2007 worldwide series of Cadence(R) CDNLive! user conferences which took place in Munich, Germany. More than 550 engineers and industry executives visited the 2nd annual CDNLive! EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) event. They participated in the vast conference program, which included 60 technical sessions, and shared information and ideas with other Cadence technology users and Cadence technical experts.
In his keynote speech, Mike Fister, president and CEO of Cadence focused on the challenges that engineers face as they design complex systems for a wide array of applications. The key semiconductor-industry trends were summarized as being increased complexity, low-power efficiencies, changes in manufacturing setup and the need for increased teamwork. These are challenges for which electronic design automation (EDA) provides solutions. Fister identified the consumer-electronics area as a key growth driver with its own dynamics and time-to-market requirements as well as wireless designs for applications in the medical area that lead the IC market.
René Penning de Vries, senior vice president and chief technology officer for NXP Semiconductors pointed out the importance of the verification process in his keynote address at the conference. He noted that the semiconductor industry and providers of EDA technology must find ways to work together effectively to get the complex integrated system-on-chip designs right the first time.
CDNLive! conferences are held around the world. Upcoming 2007 events are Shanghai (July 17), Tokyo (July 12-13), San Jose (Sept.10-12), Bangalore (Oct. 11-12), Tel Aviv (Nov. 5) and Hsin-Chu, Taiwan (Nov. 13). At these events users learn about the latest insights on complex electronic-design-automation issues, solutions to address the anticipated IC design challenges of tomorrow as well as practical techniques and tips from other power users, domain experts and Cadence technologists to further their design skills. Executives are also able to network with peers, exchange views on the key challenges for the industry, and get a deeper level of understanding of how Cadence can help them to address their long-term business strategies.
“The CDNLive! user conference proved to be an essential event for anyone in the electronic-design community in EMEA and around the world. It provided a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge with top designers and executives alike,” said Alexander Duesener, EMEA marketing director at Cadence. “Continued positive feedback from technical attendees and executives is very encouraging and shows us that we are on the right track with our conference concept.”
At CDNLive! EMEA conference participants were invited to vote for the best user-authored technical paper/presentation in each track. The winners are as follows:
- Track 1: Custom IC: Gernot Heiling — austriamicrosystems CDB to OA — The Migration Report
- Track 2: Digital Implementation: Martin Spohr — NEC Debugging Clock Trees Will Now Be Easier
- Track 3: Functional Verification: Markus Gross — Siemens AG Methods to Improve Verification Quality on the Module Level
- Track 4: SPB Co-Design: Mike Veal — IBM How to Use SPB 15.7 to Simplify Your DDR Constraints
- Track 5: Logic Design: Eric Faehn and Remy Chevalier — ST Microelectronics Improving Productivity by Designers Using Formal Analysis
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 2006 revenues of approximately $1.5 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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