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Redback Networks Selects Cadence Xtreme III System for Its Most Challenging Verification Tests
Incisive Xtreme III Offers "Simulation-Like" Ease of Use with Greater Performance

SAN JOSE, Calif., 17 Oct 2006

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, today announced that Redback Networks Inc., a leader in next-generation broadband networks, has selected the CadenceĀ® IncisiveĀ® Design Team Xtreme III acceleration and emulation solution. The new Xtreme III System is capable of verifying 72-millon-gate designs and delivers performance gains in the range of 10 to100,000 times compared to simulation. The system is designed to improve overall verification throughput and quality of Redback's next-generation flagship network processor.

Redback chose the Xtreme III System because of the product's performance, ease-of-use and simulation-like capabilities. Redback builds video-centric broadband networks for 11 of the top 20 carriers worldwide, and has over 500 customers. The heart of Redback's broadband router is a modular operating system and programmable set of processors that manage multiple data, voice and video services in harmony for carriers.

"Verification throughput is an important part of our product development process," said Ed Ho, director of ASIC Development at Redback. "The Transaction-Based Acceleration capability, combined with the Incisive Plan-to-Closure Methodology used with the Xtreme III System, delivers higher visibility and performance at each step of the design process. It is these capabilities that drove Redback to choose the Xtreme III System."

"We continue to focus on delivering solutions that improve the overall productivity, quality and predictability of our customers' design teams," said Christopher Tice, senior vice president and general manager of the Verification Acceleration Group at Cadence. "Redback Networks' selection of our new Xtreme III System illustrates the valuable combination of verification performance with ease-of-adoption for customers developing cutting-edge networking devices."

The Xtreme III System also features VCD-on-Demand, hot swap and behavioral processor technology that offers easy migration from simulation to acceleration. As part of Cadence's previously announced segmentation strategy, the Xtreme III System is offered in two tiers: Xtreme III Desktop, an entry-level product that supports simulation, acceleration and targetless emulation, and the full Xtreme III System that also offers in-circuit emulation capabilities. Both systems can accommodate up to 12 users simultaneously, making them the premier acceleration/emulation offering for the entire design team.

The Xtreme III System is part of the Incisive Design Team family, a family of solutions for RTL design teams that face increasing complexity and require incremental improvement of their verification process to meet schedule and quality goals. These solutions, coupled with the Incisive Plan-to-Closure Methodology, provide a packaged design and verification methodology that addresses full-chip and System on Chip challenges at block, chip, and system levels.

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 2005 revenues of approximately $1.3 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.

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