Cadence Introduces the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution, Delivering Unprecedented Performance and Capacity in Design Closure and Signoff
SAN JOSE, Calif., 20 May 2013

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • The Tempus Timing Signoff Solution yields up to an order of magnitude faster performance than traditional timing analysis solutions
  • Scalable to handle full flat analysis of designs in the hundreds of millions of instances
  • Integrated signoff closure environment leverages innovative physically-aware ECO technology to accelerate design closure by weeks
In a move to ease and speed the development of complex ICs, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today introduced the Tempus™ Timing Signoff Solution, a new static timing analysis and closure tool designed to enable System-on-Chip (SoC) developers to speed timing closure and move chip designs to fabrication quickly. The Tempus Timing Signoff Solution represents a new approach to timing signoff tools that enables customers to shrink timing signoff closure and analysis for faster tapeout while producing designs with less pessimism, area and power consumption.

“At Cadence, our mission is to help our customers build great, winning products," said Lip-Bu Tan, president and chief executive officer at Cadence. “Achieving design closure on today’s complex SoCs is a significant challenge to hitting market windows. We developed the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution in collaboration with customers and ecosystem partners to address this challenge.”

The new capabilities introduced in the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution include:
  • The first massively distributed parallel timing engine on the market which can scale to utilize up to hundreds of CPUs.
  • Parallel architecture enables the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution to analyze designs in the hundreds of millions of instances without compromising accuracy.
  • A new path-based analysis engine that leverages multi-core processing to reduce pessimism. With its performance advantage, the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution enables broader use of path-based analysis than other solutions.
  • Multi-mode, multi-corner (MMMC) analysis and physically-aware timing closure that leverages multi-threaded and distributed timing analysis.
The Tempus Timing Signoff Solution advanced capabilities can handle designs containing hundreds of millions of cell instances without compromising accuracy. Initial engagements with customers have shown that the Tempus Timing Signoff Solution can achieve timing closure in days on a design that would have taken several weeks with traditional flows.

“Today, the time spent in timing closure and signoff is approaching 40 percent of the overall design implementation flow. Traditional signoff flows have failed to keep pace with the increasing demands of achieving timing closure on complex designs,” said Anirudh Devgan, corporate vice president, Silicon Signoff and Verification, Silicon Realization Group at Cadence. “The Tempus Timing Signoff Solution represents a significant advancement in timing signoff tool innovation and performance, leveraging multi-processing and ECO features to achieve signoff faster than with traditional flows.”

“We are pleased to see new capabilities in the area of static timing analysis (STA) from Cadence,” said Sanjive Agarwala, director of processor development, Texas Instruments. “As we move to more advanced process nodes, timing closure becomes more difficult. It’s great to see Cadence taking on this challenge by offering new technology designed to tackle tough design closure issues.”

Availability
The Tempus Timing Signoff Solution is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2013. Cadence plans to showcase the tool’s advanced capabilities at DAC, June 3-5, 2013 in Austin, Texas. For more information about Tempus Timing Signoff Solution, please click here.

About Cadence
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.

For more information, please contact:
Dean Solov
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
408-944-7226
dsolov@cadence.com


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