Cadence Design Systems Acquires Azuro, Gains Ccopt Clock Technology

Cadence Design Systems have acquired Azuro, Inc. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. All key management, technical and key field applications personnel will transition to Cadence. Azuro markets software tools used to build the clock networks on digital semiconductor chips. Their technology makes chips faster, reduces chip power and dramatically accelerates chip time to market.

One of Azuro’s technology of interest is their ccopt clock concurrent optimization technology. Ccopt is ideal for designers implementing high-speed embedded processors and complex SoCs. The Azuro ccopt technology integrates and merges core steps in the flow including timing-driven placement, useful-skew clock tree synthesis, incremental physical optimization, physical clock gating, and post-clock tree optimization. Cadence will offer the Azuro ccopt technology immediately as an upgrade add-on for Cadence EDI customers.

The clock network plays a key role in high-speed and/or low-power design and becomes critical to achieving power, performance and area targets for SoCs. In today’s designs, there are often well over a hundred interlinked clock signals that can be branched and merged thousands of times, requiring a new design paradigm for digital implementation and optimization.

Azuro ccopt Highlights

  • Clock concurrent optimization technology
  • Clock tree power reduction up to 30% and total power improvements of up to 10%)
  • Improvements of up to 100 MHz for a GHz design
  • Clock tree area reduction up to 30%
  • Rapid adoption by designers implementing high-speed embedded processors and complex SoCs
  • Integrates and merges core steps in the flow

Cadence’s acquisition of Azuro was completed July 11, 2011. It is not expected to have a material effect on the Cadence’s results of operation for fiscal 2011.

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