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SiliconBlue Turns to Cadence to Tackle DFM Challenges
Like most small start-up companies, SiliconBlue Technologies must get its products to market quickly and cost-effectively. To date, the company has done just that, emerging as a leader in ultra low-power, low-cost FPGAs for smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and other consumer mobile applications.

How? By relying on Cadence to help them deliver production-worthy chips the first time. Cadence DFM Services offers holistic algorithms, data handling and security infrastructure certified by TSMC, automatic hotspot fixing, and comprehensive design-for-manufacturing (DFM) signoff reports.

Using these end-to-end DFM services, SiliconBlue realizes huge savings as it doesn’t have to invest in hardware, software, or training. SiliconBlue also leverages Virtuoso® simulation technology for schematic capture and layout, and uses a Verilog netlister in their verification methodology to achieve first-pass success.

“To meet our time-to-market goals, we needed a fast turnaround-time litho process check solution prior to taping out to TSMC,” explains Andrew Chan, VP of Engineering at SiliconBlue. “Cadence DFM Services offered the best cost of ownership and turned around results much faster than they committed, which helped us achieve our design cycle-time goals. We are extremely satisfied with the holistic DFM services from Cadence.”

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