Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN) and ARM [(LSE: ARM; Nasdaq; ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced the availability of the upgraded ARM-Cadence® Encounter Reference Methodology, which now incorporates Encounter RTL Compiler synthesis.
This completes yet another milestone in the first year of the design chain collaboration between ARM and Cadence. The latest collaboration further demonstrates their commitment to optimizing the silicon design chain by providing better quality of silicon (QoS) to Partners using ARM® cores.
At 130nm and below, wires dominate the performance and present a host of signal integrity problems to be solved in order to achieve first silicon success. The upgraded ARM-Cadence Reference Methodology, based on the Cadence Encounter digital IC platform, provides an integrated, wire-centric RTL-to-GDSII implementation for ARM Partners.
The Encounter platform integrates new generation technology for wire-centric design with RTL Compiler for synthesis, First Encounter® for silicon virtual prototyping, NanoRoute for signal-integrity aware routing, CeltIC and VoltageStorm for signal-integrity signoff. This upgraded release of the Reference Methodology enables customers to achieve improved QoS, the new metric of silicon quality, measured after wires for accuracy.
"The ARM-Cadence Encounter Reference Methodology is now available in limited release for some ARM9 family cores. This release delivers significant performance results over the current Cadence methodology as a result of the addition of Encounter RTL Compiler," said John Goodenough, global methodology manager, ARM. "This open collaboration demonstrates the commitment of ARM and Cadence to increase the access to new-generation nanometer solutions for our mutual customers."
The new-generation technology behind Encounter RTL Compiler delivers global optimization for timing closure using a patented set of global focus algorithms that produce outstanding results at each stage of implementation including a better starting point for routing complex, wire-centric designs. Encounter RTL Compiler is used throughout the silicon design chain by application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and intellectual property (IP) vendors, and IC designers to help increase overall chip speed, and can help to reduce turnaround time.
"The momentum of the ARM-Cadence alliance in the past year has given ARM Partners an open choice of solutions and an open path to the future. Today, using the upgraded Reference Methodology, our mutual customers will be able to achieve outstanding quality of silicon in less time," said Jan Willis, senior vice president of industry marketing, Cadence Design Systems. "Our collaboration with ARM will continue to focus on new-generation technology, open standards and optimizing the silicon design chain to deliver the critical solutions needed for nanometer design."
The reference methodology supports the ARM926EJ-S core, the ARM966E-S core, and the ARM946E-S core. The ARM-Cadence Encounter Reference Methodology with RTL Compiler is available in limited release from ARM. It is available at http://www.arm.com/products/CPUs/rfcadence.html.
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multi-media digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.
Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design technologies, methodology services, and design services. Cadence solutions are used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics-based products. With approximately 4,800 employees and 2003 revenues of approximately $1.1 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the company, its products and services is available at www.cadence.com