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Cadence Allegro Accelerates Product Creation Through Efficient Collaborative ECAD Environment Using Microsoft SharePoint
Allegro 16.6 release enables timing-aware physical implementation and verification to accelerate timing closure of high-speed interfaces by 30-50 percent

PCB WEST, SANTA CLARA, Calif., 25 Sep 2012

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced the newest release of its Allegro® printed circuit board (PCB) technology, addressing customer need for a streamlined solution for efficient product creation. Allegro 16.6 accelerates timing closure for high-speed interfaces by 30-50 percent, through timing-aware physical implementation and verification delivered in the industry’s first electrical CAD (ECAD) team collaboration environment for PCB design using Microsoft® SharePoint® technology.

“As chip designers are tasked with developing increasingly complex products with tight time-to-market deadlines, having quick and easy access to design teams and resources both locally and globally creates a real competitive advantage,” said Simon Floyd, Director, Innovation and Product Lifecycle Management Solutions at Microsoft. “The Cadence® PCB design tools, integrated with SharePoint, provide a unique environment that promotes team collaboration, design creation and control, and significant productivity improvements.”

New features in the Allegro 16.6 product line enable enhanced miniaturization capabilities for embedding dual-sided and vertical components, timing-aware physical implementation and verification that accelerate timing closure, and improved ECAD and mechanical CAD (MCAD) co-design — all crucial for accelerating development of feature-rich electronic products.

The Allegro suite’s leading PCB design miniaturization capabilities were first introduced in 2011. The Allegro 16.6 product suite continues to leverage the latest manufacturing advances in embedding active and passive components to address the specific design requirements associated with ever shrinking board size. Components can now be embedded vertically on an inner layer of a PCB leveraging the Z-axis, which greatly reduces X- and Y-axis real estate on the board.

“Our leading ECP(C) technology meets customer needs for cost-effective miniaturization of PCBs,” said Mark Beesley, COO of Advanced Packaging at AT&S. “Cadence and AT&S have been partnering together for a number of years now addressing our joint customers’ needs for advanced miniaturization techniques.”

Allegro 16.6 accelerates timing aware physical implementation through Auto-interactive Delay Tuning (AiDT). Auto-interactive Delay Tuning lessens the time to meet timing constraints on advanced standards-based interfaces, such as DDR3, by 30-50 percent. AiDT allows users to rapidly adjust the timing of critical high-speed signals on an interface-by-interface basis, or apply it at byte-lane level, reducing the need to tune the traces on a PCB from days to hours. The EMA TimingDesigner, integrated with the Allegro PCB SI capability, helps users quickly achieve timing-closure on critical high-speed signals.

PCB/enclosure co-design is streamlined through an ECAD-MCAD flow based on EDMD schema version 2.0, a proStep iViP standard. This flow reduces unnecessary iterations between ECAD and MCAD teams shortening time for product creation.

Availability:
The Allegro release 16.6 PCB solutions will be available in Q4, 2012. Users can learn more about the Allegro product offering at the PCB West 2012 conference and exhibition, September 25-27, in Santa Clara, California, booth #206, or visit: www.cadence.com/products/pcb/pages/whatsnew.aspx

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:
Nancy Sheffield
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Phone: 408.410.9928
sheff@cadence.com


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