The Power Forward Initiative (PFI) announced that three Japanese design services companies recently joined the initiative and are offering Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled low-power design capabilities to their design services customers. With the addition of these three leading Japanese design centers — NIPPON SYSTEMWARE CO., LTD. (NSW), Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and Toppan Technical Design Center Co., Ltd. — the PFI increases its membership to over 30 companies around the world, representing a broad spectrum of IC design, IP, service and manufacturing providers.
All three design services companies have adopted the Cadence® Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) Low-Power Solution, which integrates leading-edge design, verification and implementation technology with the widely deployed CPF standard to deliver an end-to-end low-power design solution to IC engineers. By preserving low-power design intent throughout the design process, the solution eliminates laborious manual work, reduces power-related chip failure, and provides power predictability early in the design process, enabling sharing and reuse of low-power intelligence throughout the design process.
NSW is an independent IT company and a leading provider of embedded total solutions in the LSI design service market. NSW assists customers designing ICs for graphics, communication/network, mechanical control applications and ARM-embedded SoCs as an ARM-approved design center.
“Low-power design is considered ecologically friendly, and is therefore becoming a key requirement for designers of ICs targeting consumer products,” said Seiichi Koseki, associate general manager, System Logic Technology division of NSW. “By using the Common Power Format for low-power hand-off, we can deliver low-power designs to our customers faster and meet their requirements more consistently.”
DNP provides LSI design services for a variety of applications, including microprocessors for consumer electronics, ASICs and SoCs, mixed-signal, memory, CCD and CMOS image sensors, display drivers, and power supplies through its subsidiary for LSI design service, DNP LSI Design Co., Ltd.
“The Common Power Format will allow our design teams to increase designer productivity and reduce energy consumption which is valuable to our customers,” said Yasuo Jimbo, general manager of LSI Design & Development Department, 1st Sales Division, Electronic Device Operations at DNP. “Through our design consulting services, we have experienced the value of CPF-based low-power design.”
Toppan Technical Design Center provides custom, multipurpose services, including systems design, logic design, and chip-level and IP integration using C-level or HDL design as well as chip-level layout. Toppan also provides capabilities and superior technologies for ARM-based design as an ARM-approved design center, as well as analog RF and power supply design.
“A large number of new designs are for communications and consumer products requiring low-power implementations,” said Takashi Nabuchi, manager, Asaka design center of Toppan Technical Design Center. “CPF provides the mechanism for communicating low-power intent that helps us give our customers exactly what they want.”
“Low-power design is a significant and growing trend in the Japan semiconductor market, where an increasing percentage of design work is targeted to consumer applications,” said Pankaj Mayor, group director of Business Enablement at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. “By joining the Power Forward Initiative, NSW, DNP and Toppan can bring additional value to their customer engagements both in terms of low-power design capabilities, and in support of their customers’ programs to reduce energy consumption. We applaud their leadership.”
About Power Forward Initiative
The Power Forward Initiative, which has more than 30 member companies, is an industry initiative sponsored by Cadence Design Systems and has the goal of enabling the design and production of more power-efficient electronic devices. The initiative includes companies representing a broad cross section of the design chain including system, semiconductor, foundry, IP, EDA, ASIC and design services companies. CPF was contributed by Cadence to the Si2 Low Power Coalition in December 2006; CPF is now the most widely deployed low-power intent standard in the industry and available from Si2. The Initiative has also published A Practical Guide to Low-Power Design — User experience with CPF which is aimed at educating the broad design marketplace in utilizing advanced low-power design techniques.
Cadence is a registered trademark, and the Cadence logo is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc.