The goal of the Cadence® University Software Program is to grant easy access to leading electronic design automation (EDA) and Tensilica® processor configuration and extension tools for educational institutions around the world. Our customers rely on skilled engineers entering the work force. As the leader in EDA, we are committed to helping our customers by giving future engineers access to our world-class tools. In fact, we reach over 30,000 students each year through these programs. By making our products readily available for instruction and fundamental research, Cadence is helping the electronics industry speed ideas to reality.
Americas University Software Program
Join the 250+ qualified Americas member universities who have already incorporated Cadence EDA software into their classrooms and academic research projects. In Canada, universities also have the opportunity to join CMC Microsystems.
To place an order or learn more about the University Software Program in the Americas, please contact:
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) University Software Program
Cadence works with EUROPRACTICE to ensure cost-effective availability of our extensive electronic design automation (EDA) tools for non-commercial activities. EUROPRACTICE provides end-user telephone support and manages the annual software update process.
To place an order or learn more about the University Software Program in Europe, please contact:
Cadence Design Systems
EUROPRACTICE Software Service
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
India University Software Program
Cadence has been working with industry, government, and academia for years to build up the pipeline for new graduates trained in VLSI Design. Join the 60+ institutes already training their students on the Cadence EDA platform.
To place an order or learn more about the University Software Program in India, please contact:
Syed Akbar Pasha
Cadence Design Systems India
Asia-Pacific University Software Program
To place an order or learn more about the University Software Program in Asia and Australia, please contact your local University Software representative.
Cadence Design Systems Asia Ltd.
Tensilica University Program
The University Program provides leading educational institutions with easy access to Cadence's leading Tensilica® processor configuration and extension tools. Join the qualified universities who have already incorporated Tensilica tools into their classrooms and academic research projects.
Tensilica University License Program terms:
- No licensing fees
- Term is for 365 days
- License may be renewed every 365 days with Cadence's approval
- Prior to the semiannual or annual renewal period, the university representative(s) shall submit a report:
- Explaining how the tools are used in classroom or research
- Providing success stories and feedback on projects
- Providing feedback on tools or documentation
- Publicity, disclosure, or publication of Tensilica product-related material requires pre-approval from Cadence
- Terms and conditions are fixed, and no changes are permitted to the standard University License Agreement
- Software-only Tensilica Xtensa® Processor Generator access
- Vision P6
- ConnX BBE16EP
- ConnX BBE32EP
- ConnX BBE64EP
- Fusion F1
- Fusion G3
- Fusion G6
- Xtensa LX7
- 10 seats for Cadence's Xtensa Software Developers Toolkit (XCC Compiler, Xtensa Instruction Set Simulator (ISS) with Xtensa Modeling Protocol (XTMP), GNU toolchain, Xtensa Xplorer – Standard Edition)
- 10 seats for Xtensa Processor Developers Toolkit (Xtensa Xplorer – Processor Developer's Edition, TIE Compiler, XPRES Compiler)
- No Xtensa FPGA Emulation Kit support
The Tensilica University License is an agreement between Cadence and an institution of higher education. The signatory of the license should be the head of the department and must be a full-time professor or other administrator of the University with authority to sign on behalf of the institution. Individuals, either faculty or students, may not enter into the University License for their own personal use.
Participating schools must agree to use the software for teaching and academic research purposes only. All applicants to the program must be from accredited, degree-granting academic institutions. Tensilica tools run on Windows-equipped personal computers.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
University members are encouraged to join the Tensilica Users Group on LinkedIn. Login to LinkedIn and search for Tensilica Processor IP under Groups.
Participating Universities in the Tensilica University Program
North Carolina State University
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) – Brazil
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Harvey Mudd College
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM) – Brazil
Asia Pacific and Japan
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Seoul National University
The University of New South Wales
University of Hyogo
University of Thessaly
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Technische Universitat Dresden
University of Hannover
Ruhr University Bochum
Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus - Senftenberg
Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft University of Applied Sciences
Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
The Cadence iLS courses, laboratories, and Rapid Adoption Kits have been tremendously useful in rapidly improving my research team and student skill set in electronic design automation. I strongly recommend using the iLS tools if you want to effectively improve your EDA and digital design skill set.
Dr. Matthew Morrison, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
Cadence is a leader in supporting technical and professional activities that have enabled building an EDA community. ACM SIGDA is very appreciative of the their continued support to nurture young professionals and students through sustained support of activities at major EDA conferences.
Dr. Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, ACM SIGDA Chair, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
We are grateful for the engagement with Cadence over the past 10 years. It has led us to innovative breakthroughs and has helped us educate pioneering scholars for the future workforce in EDA.
Dr. Xin Li Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University
Cadence Academic Network support is the key to enabling our capabilities in innovating integrated circuit and system design with extreme energy/power efficiency. The quality of Cadence tools is outstanding and offers responsive support to address the challenges posed by new design methodologies and techniques.
Prof. Massimo Alioto, IEEE Fellow Director of the Integrated Circuit and Embedded Systems Lab, National University of Singapore
The greatest benefit that we get from the Cadence Academic Network is access to the most modern tools for electronic design automation.
Professor Ulrich Bruening, University of Heidelberg, Germany
The Academic Network helps us to be in line with the newest technology from Cadence, helping my research to stay at the leading edge.
Professor Michael Huebner, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany
The comprehensive reach of the Cadence Academic Network has help us cover every aspect of design from analog circuitry to digital and system design, so it is extremely useful for us.
Professor Mladen Berekovic, Braunschweig University of Technology
Cadence has made us confident in our work, because we know that we are instructing students in the most modern and capable tools which are used worldwide.
Professor Marek Wójcikowski, Gdansk University, Poland
We are proud to be part of Cadence Academic Network because it provides us the opportunity to interact with other leading institutions covering a broad range of research topics.
Professor Holger Blume, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany