The recently concluded ARM TechCon 2012, the annual event for ARM users (including hardware and software engineers) along with ARM ecosystem partners, was a huge success. Once again, this event showcased the excellent Cadence-ARM partnership that's helping to bring next generation electronic designs to fruition for our customers.
Cadence had a huge presence at ARM TechCon. On the first day (Chip Design Day) Cadence had two dedicated booths on the floor to show Cadence technologies with ARM based products, from ARM processor cores to 20nm PDKs. To my surprise, the traffic was very heavy throughout the day, with attendees very much interested in the 20nm flow using the Cadence Encounter Digital Implementation System.
The key highlight was that Cadence ran a live, system-level verification demo of a Cortex M0 processor based system. To my knowledge, Cadence was the only vendor with a live demo that demonstrated its confidence and leadership in mixed-signal system level verification. Apart from the Cadence booth, the ChipEstimate.com booth that highlighted Cadence chip planning tools along with the ChipEstimate.com's leading IP portal.
Another key event that increased the visibility of the Cadence and ARM partnership was the press release that was announced for the 14nm Test-Chip with ARM processor and IBM FinFET process technology using Cadence's Encounter Digital Implementation (EDI) system and Virtuoso tools. Cadence also had more sponsored sessions than any of the competitors to talk to the ARM design community about various design topics and challenges. I personally gave a talk on Mixed-Signal Low Power Implementation of a Cortex-M Series System with a co-presenter from ARM. The session was a standing room only event with a huge response from customers. This response further validated Cadence's focus and leadership in mixed-signal solutions for implementation and verification.
For customers not present at the ARM TechCon 2012, ARM Technology Symposiums at key cities around the world are an excellent opportunity to visit and interact with ARM and Cadence personnel and learn more about advanced Cadence technologies. Cadence is participating in the symposiums listed below with sponsored sessions and a Cortex-M Mixed-Signal Demo at the Cadence booth. To conclude, Cadence and ARM have had excellent partnership and collaboration in 2012 and Cadence is looking forward to continuing on this success in 2013 and beyond.
The schedule for ARM Technology symposiums is listed below.