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Cadence and NEC Electronics ASIC Partnership 

As a world-leading semiconductor manufacturer, NEC Electronics has been providing customers with quality ASIC solutions for more than 20 years. Recognizing customers have a wide range of needs, NEC Electronics provides support for a complete range of ASIC options from high-performance, highly integrated cell-based ASICs based on leading-edge technologies to the simple and convenient ASICs based on gate array and embedded array technology, as well as analog ASIC for realizing advanced functions using analog circuits.

NEC Electronics' silicon-proven, integrated RTL-to-GDSII design environment successfully blends technical innovation, real-world engineering experience, partnerships with Cadence Design Systems and a highly sophisticated physical design flow. We leverage extensive experience with a wide variety of designs, customer design styles, and high-volume manufacturing. Based on this experience and considerations appropriate to each technology node, we adjust our methodologies to account for silicon issues such as wire delay, signal integrity, power consumption and design for manufacturability (DFM) to ensure that we meet customer's design requirements.

Cadence maintains a close business and technology relationship with NEC Electronics that combines NEC's ASIC methodology and technologies with Cadence EDA tools and solutions to deliver comprehensive ASIC solutions to our mutual customers.

Learn more about our new CPF-adopted low-power consumption design flow

NECEL Cell base IC Basic Design Flow

NEC Electronics ASIC Methodology Support Matrix for Cadence Technology

NEC Electronics ASIC methodology task Cadence Qualified Tool
Simulation Cadence® Incisive® Enterprise Simulator
RTL Check and Synthesis Encounter® RTL Compiler
Formal Verification Encounter® Conformal® Equivalence Checker
Physical Prototyping SoC Encounter™ RTL-to-GDSII system
Placement SoC Encounter™ RTL-to-GDSII system
Clock Tree Synthesis SoC Encounter™ RTL-to-GDSII system
Routing SoC Encounter™ RTL-to-GDSII system
Timing Optimization SoC Encounter™ RTL-to-GDSII system
RC Extraction Cadence® QRC Extraction
Timing Analysis Cadence® Encounter® Timing System
Crosstalk Analysis Cadence® Encounter® Timing System
Delay Calculation Cadence® Encounter® Timing System
IR-Drop Analysis VoltageStorm® power and power rail verification