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Cadence Debuts Verification Computing Platform, Accelerating Time and Improving Quality of System Development
New Unified, Scalable Verification Platform Increases Productivity of Design Teams, Supports Next-Generation SoC Designs

SAN JOSE, Calif. , 26 Apr 2010

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced the first fully integrated high-performance verification computing platform, called Palladium XP, that unifies simulation, acceleration and emulation into a single verification environment. Developed to support next-generation designs, the highly scalable Palladium XP verification computing platform lets design and verification teams bring up their hardware/software environment faster and produce better quality embedded systems in a shorter time.

Cadence® Palladium® XP supports design configurations up to 2 billion gates, delivering performance up to 4MHz and supporting up to 512 users simultaneously. The platform also provides unique system-level solutions, including low-power analysis and metric-driven verification.

“Our system integration challenges require us to improve our tools and methodologies continuously. Cadence has kept pace with our requirements and provided us with an excellent verification computing platform,” said Narendra Konda, director of engineering, NVIDIA. “Cadence Palladium XP helps us design, verify and integrate the hardware and software components of our advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) better than ever to stay at the top of our game.”

The Palladium XP verification computing platform provides developers a high-fidelity representation of their design so they can quickly and confidently locate and fix bugs, resulting in better-quality IP, subsystems, SoCs and system. Design teams can “hot swap” simulation with acceleration and emulation in a scalable verification environment as needed, which speeds the verification process and enables early access to testing embedded software and evaluating performance implications of different IP and/or system architectures.

“With the introduction of multicore IP platforms, ARM and our customers are facing new design requirements to integrate and run complex CPU sub-systems with software,” said Dr. John Goodenough, worldwide director of design technology at ARM. “Like its predecessor, the Palladium XP verification computing platform will be a valuable validation tool for these advanced designs. Our initial trials have shown that the Palladium XP runs current ARM workloads out of the box, with the additional ability to trade off domain utilization for higher performance”

“The verification and hardware-software integration challenges of new system designs in the wireless, multimedia and networking markets are growing in complexity,” said Ran Avinun, product management group director for system design and verification at Cadence. “By bringing together the best in Cadence simulation, acceleration and emulation technologies, we are delivering a unique platform that excels in bring-up time, ease of use, scalability and turnaround time.”

The Palladium XP verification computing platform is available now worldwide. It is offered in two configurations, XL for design teams, and GXL for enterprise-class global teams.

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. 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:
Leslie Clavin
Racepoint Group
(415) 694-6717
lclavin@racepointgroup.com


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