On September 24, 2007, Cadence unveiled a new research facility near the University of California campus in Berkeley, California. The 21,000 square foot site will be home to researchers from around the world who will explore the leading edge of electronic design innovation.
Established in 1993 to focus on advanced research in electronic design automation, the Cadence Research Laboratories at Berkeley is the core facility for Cadence's worldwide advanced research activities. The new site represents a major expansion to the laboratory—and a major reaffirmation of Cadence's commitment to applied research in electronic design that will drive future innovations in electronics and technology. Just steps from the University of California at Berkeley, one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher education and advanced research, the new facility is within easy reach of the economic engine and world-class technologists of nearby Silicon Valley.
Competitiveness is inextricably linked to innovation. Cadence is a sector-leading technology company, and maintaining an innovative edge is what keeps us at the forefront of the global marketplace. Applied research is one of the key investments we make to maintain that edge and extend our technology leadership into the future.Mike FisterPresident and Chief Executive OfficerCadence Design Systems, Inc
In addition to Cadence CEO Mike Fister, a number of dignitaries spoke at the opening celebration, including Al Dunlop, President, IEEE Council on EDA, Robert Price, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California Berkeley, US Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and representatives from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates' office. Visitors were also able to meet the researchers, tour the facility, which included interactive displays in the lab's "Think Tank", and view informal presentations from research staff on sample projects.
The Berkeley center is a unique and successful model of an applied research lab that has a broad spectrum of engagements with the global academic community, within Cadence and with customers around the world. By facilitating closer collaboration between industry and academic elements, Cadence Research Laboratories drive technology from theoretical research to practical applications that solve our customers' real-world problems.Andreas Kuehlmann,Director of the Cadence Research Laboratories at Berkeley
To commemorate of the opening of this new facility and support the development of the next generation of innovators, Cadence made a gift of $10,000 to the science and math departments at Berkeley High School. This gift will be used by the school to develop curriculum focusing on problem-solving skills.