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Cadence Offers Optimized Implementation Methodology for Silicon Realization of New ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore Processor
Early Engagement with ARM Enables Cadence to Provide Mutual Customers Immediate Access to Optimized Implementation Flow for Designing Cortex-A15 MPCore-Based SoCs

SAN JOSE, Calif., 27 Sep 2010

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced it is providing its customers an optimized implementation methodology for the new ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor that enables them to start designing Cortex-A15 processor-based SoCs immediately. As ARM developed the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor - its most advanced processor for mobile, consumer and infrastructure applications - Cadence® worked alongside the microprocessor IP leader to develop the methodology for customers seeking early access to this cutting-edge ARM processor technology for Silicon Realization.

“Our early collaboration with the Cadence team has been instrumental in ensuring the adoption of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor by providing an implementation path to a broader set of ARM Partners,” said Eric Schorn, vice president of Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “Combining Cadence’s expertise in deployment tools and methodology across a broad portfolio of ARM processors and physical IP enables our customers to get earlier access to a complete design flow. This collaboration resulted in a streamlined design cycle for our most advanced customers providing next-generation high-performance devices.”

“We appreciate Cadence’s early commitment to the development of ARM’s Cortex-A15 MP processor,” said Ty Garibay, director of OMAP IC Development, Wireless Business Unit at Texas Instruments. “As the first company to license ARM’s new processor, TI will rely on its EDA partners to be fully ramped as well. This ensures our implementation of the technology is as smooth as possible, which ultimately enables us to quickly deliver solid solutions to our customers.”

The Cortex-A15 MPCore implementation methodology is the latest in a series of collaborations between Cadence and ARM aimed at enhancing System, SoC, and Silicon Realization, key pillars of the EDA360 vision. In July, Cadence announced a broadening of its existing collaboration with ARM to create an ARM-optimized System Realization solution.

“The Cortex-A15 MPCore processor is the next quantum leap for high-performance embedded applications used in demanding consumer and enterprise devices,” said Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president, Silicon Realization Group at Cadence. “Through our early collaborations between ARM and Cadence, we are excited to offer our most sophisticated mutual customers like TI the optimized design solutions to efficiently apply ARM technologies quickly.”

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:
Dean Solov
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
408-944-7226
dsolov@cadence.com


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