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Silicon Hive Utilizes Cadence Palladium III Solution for Highest Quality IP for Multi-Core Multi-Million Gate Designs
IP Provider Accelerates Verification, Increases Quality of Imaging and Video Hardware/Software IP

SAN JOSE, Calif., 27 Oct 2009

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that Silicon Hive, a worldwide supplier of semiconductor intellectual property (IP), achieved the highest quality for its HiveGo mobile imaging and video decoding solutions using the Cadence® Palladium® III Accelerator/Emulator. Palladium technology enabled Silicon Hive to meet aggressive IP quality requirements for multi-core, multi-million-gate designs targeting mass-market consumer products.

Both companies cooperated on the integration of Palladium transaction-based acceleration (TBA) technology into Silicon Hive’s development flow. TBA allowed the design team to fully validate its RTL IP by running the complete video decoding software on the Palladium system including external system interaction.

Transaction-based acceleration (TBA) helps design and verification teams reduce their verification time by providing new infrastructure and guidelines to support a reusable accelerated verification environment running at close to emulation speed. Silicon Hive estimated the execution speed of Palladium III to be up to100 frames of H.264 full HD resolution video per 30 minutes, and was able to connect it via TBA to its system simulation environment executing control software tasks over standard bus protocols.

“On top of the acceleration speed we achieved, a major advantage of Palladium III is its full observability of our multi-core hardware, which allows short iteration cycles in co-debugging hardware and application software,” said Dr. Jeroen Leijten, CTO at Silicon Hive. “In our cooperation with Cadence, we explored options to extend Silicon Hive's power estimation flow with information provided by the Palladium System. This will allow more comprehensive analysis and reduction of the power consumed by complex software applications executed on our HiveGo hardware.”

“Emerging companies live or die based on the success of their products,” said Ran Avinun, marketing group director of system design and verification at Cadence. “Palladium III transaction-based acceleration success at Silicon Hive is another example of our ability to help customers accelerate hardware/software verification for critical projects.”

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About Silicon Hive
Silicon Hive is a worldwide supplier of semiconductor intellectual property. The company designs, builds and licenses application-specific solutions for communications, imaging, and video processing using its tuned programmable HiveFlex processor cores and complete vertical HiveGo solutions. IP cores are supported by HiveCC program development tools, and partner supplied application libraries. Silicon Hive products enable semiconductor and consumer electronics companies to make fully programmable System-on-Chips (SoCs) improving time to market performance. The patented technology originates from 10 years of research within Philips Research and more recent improvements, additions, and commercialization by Silicon Hive.

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Andrea Huse
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Tony Picard
Vice President of Marketing
Tel: (+31) 40 800 2020

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