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Cadence Helps Staccato Launch Ripcord2 Single-Chip, Ultra-Wideband IC Family
Staccato Utilizes Cadence Low-Power Solution to Achieve Leading Power Consumption with Reduced Design Risk

SAN JOSE, Calif., 21 Oct 2008

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global design innovation, announced today that Staccato Communications utilized the Cadence® Low-Power Solution to achieve the aggressive power budget requirements for its 65-nanometer CMOS Ripcord2™ family of WiMedia Ultra-Wideband (UWB) devices. The mixed-signal, low-power, single-chip Ripcord2 family combines digital baseband and RF technology to enable multiple protocols, including Wireless USB, High-Speed Bluetooth, wireless IP and wireless audio/video.

"We achieved first-pass working silicon while meeting our aggressive power targets by using the Cadence Low-Power Solution on our Ripcord2 family of single-chip UWB solutions, the industry's first and only introduced in 65nm CMOS technology," said Steven Larky, vice president of engineering at Staccato Communications. "The widely adopted Common Power Format (CPF) proved instrumental to ensuring design intent consistency throughout the design cycle."

Cadence products used by Staccato Communications also included Incisive® Design Team Simulator, Encounter® RTL Compiler, Encounter Conformal® Low Power, Encounter Test, SoC Encounter™ and Virtuoso® RF technology.

One of the most complex RF devices on the market, Ripcord2 is intended to enable short-range high-performance wireless connectivity for high-volume UWB applications such as PC and PC peripherals, consumer electronic devices and mobile handsets. To achieve market success, the devices had to meet aggressive power targets while maintaining size, performance and system cost requirements. This was enabled using an integrated mixed-signal flow that included the Cadence Low-Power Solution combined with Cadence Virtuoso RF flow.

"We're excited to have contributed to the success of the Ripcord2 family," said Bill Heiser, group director of marketing at Cadence. "Using the CPF-enabled Low-Power Solution with the closed-loop verification methodology and Virtuoso technology for the RF component, we were able to help Staccato achieve its power targets while reducing overall risk."

About Staccato Communications
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Staccato Communications is an Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology pioneer with applications expertise in Wireless USB, High-Speed Bluetooth, Wireless IP and Wireless Audio/Video. The fabless semiconductor company serves the personal computing, mobile phone and consumer electronics industries with small form factor, single-chip, all-CMOS high-speed wireless solutions. Staccato’s WiMedia Platform Certified products include PHY, MAC, drivers, application software, development kits and reference designs. For more information, please visit www.staccatocommunications.com.

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 and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2007 revenues of approximately $1.6 billion, and has approximately 5,100 employees. 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:
Dan Holden
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
408-944-7457
holden@cadence.com
 
Staccato Contact:
Angela Edgerton
The Ardell Group
(858) 792-2941
angela@ardellgroup.com


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