Jazz Semiconductor Supports Cadence RF and AMS Design Kits

Cadence Design Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, and Jazz Semiconductor, Inc. (AMEX: JAZ), a leader in specialty RF and Analog foundry solutions, announced silicon validation collaboration on the Cadence(R) Radio Frequency (RF) Design Methodology and Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) Methodology Kits. Jazz supports the Cadence application-specific design and methodology kits based on the Cadence Virtuoso(R) custom design platform (both IC 6.1 and IC 5.1.41 releases). By supporting both the RF and AMS Kits, joint customers have access to RF, analog and digital design technology to help them streamline the design of complex mixed-signal chips.

Jazz’s Analog-Mixed-Signal Process Design Kits (JAMS PDKs), based on its 0.18-micron Silicon Germanium (SiGe) process (SBC18), now support the Cadence technology and usage models prescribed in the Cadence application-specific kits with the intent to extend the collaboration to the Jazz SiGe 0.13-micron (SBL13 and SBC13) process family. The Cadence Kits initiative provides support for Cadence tools and flows and serves as an excellent vehicle which helps align the entire design team for a streamlined design cycle and faster time-to-market. Cadence will help mutual customers overcome key wireless design challenges by providing them with realistic design examples for applying tools correctly to design problems. In addition, Jazz will provide training specific to their PDKs to ensure customers continue to leverage the Jazz state-of-the-art Design for Manufacturability (DFM) environment. JAMS PDKs provide customers with several key advantages including advanced statistical modeling tools and scalable pcells and models for all components including inductors through the Jazz Inductor Toolbox (JIT).

Silicon validation collaboration between Jazz and Cadence started on the Jazz SBC18 process and includes advanced test structures and correlation, as well as joint customer designs initially focusing on RF parasitic and substrate-isolation tests. The Cadence RF Design and AMS Methodology Kits act as vehicles to significantly tighten the design team, tools and foundry relationship, helping to identify issues prior to chip completion.

“As a leading foundry for RF and analog integrated circuits, Jazz believes the Cadence RF Design and AMS Methodology Kits are a great vehicle for helping customers successfully implement their most complex designs,” said Marco Racanelli, vice president of technology and engineering at Jazz Semiconductor. “With this collaboration, RF and analog chip designers will have the necessary tools, PDK, and standard cell-library enablement to achieve shorter, more predictable design cycles by ensuring that silicon performance matches design intent for complex mixed-signal applications.”

“We are excited to work with Jazz on a key effort to help customers in the RF and analog mixed-signal marketplace to improve the quality and predictability of their complex advanced devices,” said Craig Johnson, corporate vice president for Marketing and Strategy at Cadence. “With the combination of Cadence RF Design and AMS Methodology Kits and Jazz’s PDKs, our mutual customers greatly increase their chances of achieving first-silicon success.”

Cadence Kits
Cadence Kits enable IC designers to accelerate technology-specific product development and address design challenges in EDA technology segments such as analog mixed signal, system-in-package, coverage-driven functional verification, and radio frequency integrated circuits. The Cadence Kits approach allows companies to quickly ramp up design infrastructures and achieve shorter, more predictable design cycles while focusing design resources on differentiation.

Cadence Kits also include up to five days of applicability consulting consisting of expert-led application of the Kits to specific customer-design challenges. As part of the collaboration, Jazz will join the applicability consulting for joint customers.

About Jazz Semiconductor
Jazz Semiconductor(R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz Technologies(TM), Inc. (AMEX: JAZ), is an independent wafer foundry primarily focused on specialty CMOS process technologies, including High Voltage CMOS, SiGe BiCMOS and RFCMOS for the manufacture of highly integrated analog and mixed-signal semiconductor devices. The company’s specialty process technologies are designed for customers who seek to produce analog and mixed-signal semiconductor devices that are smaller and more highly integrated, power-efficient, feature-rich and cost-effective than those produced using standard process technologies. Jazz customers target the wireless and high-speed wireline communications, consumer electronics, automotive and industrial end markets. Jazz executive offices and its U.S. wafer fabrication facilities are located in Newport Beach, CA.

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 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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