Anchor Bay Verifies HDTV, Digital Video Products with Cadence Tools

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that Anchor Bay Technologies, a leading developer of advanced video processing chips and system-level solutions for HDTV and high-resolution digital video, has adopted the Cadence® Incisive® Xtreme® III acceleration and emulation system. Anchor Bay has successfully employed the system on several designs, and found that it has significantly improved design team verification productivity, product quality, and schedule predictability.

Anchor Bay cited performance gains of 10 to 100,000 times over simulation alone as a major factor in choosing the Xtreme System, along with the hot-swap capability that transparently migrates jobs onto the hardware accelerator while maintaining a simulation-like user environment.

Because Anchor Bay’s designs feature advanced video processing tasks such as precision video scaling, precision de-interlacing, noise reduction, and image enhancements for sharp, clean, artifact-free pictures and sound, test cases can be extremely long. These continually expanding requirements have pushed Anchor Bay’s design teams into a situation where they could no longer rely on simulation alone. They decided to employ the Xtreme III System because of its range of capabilities, including the handling of mixed-HDL logic simulation and performing simulation, acceleration and in-circuit emulation.

“We are thrilled with the benefits we’re realizing using the Xtreme System,” said Martin Jahner, staff engineer at Anchor Bay Technologies. “When you combine the many advantages of transaction-based acceleration, hot-swapping, and value-change-dump (VCD) on-demand with the performance boost, the choice of systems was an easy one to make.”

“The consumer market, and specifically video applications, requires that logic design teams speed verification by running more cycles in a short amount of time,” said Ran Avinun, marketing group director, System Segment and Verification Acceleration at Cadence. “Anchor Bay’s selection of Xtreme III over alternatives is testament to the value Cadence continues to provide fast-growing companies facing time-to-market pressures, as well as the tremendous growth opportunity we have in the simulation acceleration domain.”

The Xtreme III Series is offered in two tiers: Xtreme III Desktop, an entry-level configuration that supports simulation, acceleration, and targetless emulation; and the full Xtreme III System that additionally offers in-circuit emulation capabilities. Both systems can accommodate up to 12 users simultaneously, making them the premier acceleration/ emulation offerings for the entire design team.

The Xtreme III Series is part of the Cadence Logic Design Team Solution, which helps logic design teams improve schedule predictability through plan-to-closure management and logical signoff, in an integrated and holistic approach covering both design and verification. It is another example of how Cadence offers tailored solutions for specific types of engineering teams.

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