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Helping You Bring Custom and Analog Designs to Life
Since 1991, Cadence® Virtuoso® technology and tools have been at the forefront of custom and analog designs, helping countless engineers and electronics manufacturers bring ideas to life and products to market. As we celebrate 25 years of Virtuoso technology, let’s take a look at how products like Virtuoso Analog Design Environment, Virtuoso Schematic Editor, and Virtuoso Spectre® Circuit Simulator came to light.
Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite for Electrically Aware Design (EAD)
can save engineers days to weeks of design time by enabling
real-time parasitic extraction during layout.
Back in the Day
In the early 1960s, most things were done by hand. Electrical engineers designed circuits using pencils and slide rules. Mask designers did the same, cutting shapes out of rubylith to create the shapes that would eventually become photolithography masks.
A decade later, the electronic design automation (EDA) industry was born, as universities and semiconductor companies began realizing that the size of ICs was growing past the ability to do all of the work by hand. Software for automating circuit simulation, doing layout (mask design), and verifying designs emerged. By the early 1980s, EDA had become a mainstream industry. Cadence itself came from this homegrown-to-commercial path, forming in 1988 from the merger of SDA (Solomon Design Automation) and ECAD
Virtuoso Technology Hits the Market
Virtuoso technology was first released to customers in 1991, as the layout tool for mask designers. It was part of the Opus Platform, which delivered a new level of integration between design tasks, from circuit design and simulation to layout design, design verification, and the merging of analog and digital design.
Cadence has built on this foundation for more than 25 years. Today, Virtuoso is the platform name for the suite of solutions for any design challenge, from formal analog verification and formal constraint management to electrically aware design and FinFET design.
Happy Anniversary, Virtuoso Platform
Over this year, Cadence will announce new and innovative Virtuoso products to set the stage for the next 25 years of IC design.
Share Your Virtuoso Story
Let's hear your Virtuoso story! Do you still remember the first product you designed with Virtuoso technology? How did Virtuoso products influence your work and your career? Share your Virtuoso story with us by July 31 for a chance to win a Beats solo2 wireless headphone!
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