PLX Selects Cadence Incisive Palladium II Accelerator Emulator

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, announced that PLX Technology, the world’s leading supplier of PCI Express® switch and bridge silicon for the communications, server, storage and embedded markets, has adopted the Cadence® Incisive® Palladium® II Accelerator/Emulator for its advanced system-level verification needs. PLX® cited the ease of use of the Palladium II system, a robust portfolio of Cadence® SpeedBridge® Adapters, and megahertz runtime performance as key advantages in their design flow. By implementing the Palladium II system with host and device PCI Express 2.0 SpeedBridge Adapters, PLX created an extremely robust environment that significantly enhanced previous FPGA-based approaches while improving system-level quality and scheduling predictability.

With a critical need to deliver system-level quality under tight schedules, PLX chose the Palladium II system approach over other verification methods. The realistic in-circuit verification environment offered a fast bring-up time to find bugs earlier in the product design cycle, and offered a different class of system interoperability and coverage when compared with traditional simulation environments.

“We can’t afford to run into bugs late in the design cycle that could possibly lead to costly schedule slips,” said Vijay Meduri, director of design engineering, PLX Technology. “With the Palladium II system we’ve been able to add significantly more stress on our design versus simulation or FPGA platforms, and add much higher levels of functional coverage to verify our latest multi-million gate designs and stay on schedule.”

The Palladium II series of accelerators/emulators provides the industry’s highest throughput for verification and validation of complex hardware, software and full systems in the wireless, graphics, networking and consumer markets. When in the emulation mode or when regression testing with an embedded testbench, the system delivers up to 10,000 times the average performance of other simulators by incorporating peripherals, embedded processors, multiple ASICs, embedded software, and real-world data.

“We’re excited that PLX Technology chose the Palladium II system for its most critical system-level verification needs,” said Michael Young, director of product marketing, Cadence Design Systems. “Our team is pleased to work closely with PLX to ensure that they continue to deliver high-quality interconnect products and get them to market faster.”

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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 2007 revenues of approximately $1.6 billion, and has approximately 5,300 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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