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Cadence offers shorter AMS design cycle

Posted: 15 Sep 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cadence design systems  ams methodology kit  analog mixed-signal  ams 

The AMS Methodology Kit from Cadence Design Systems Inc. promises to enable analog mixed-signal (AMS) designers of wireless, wired and consumer electronics devices to achieve shorter, more predictable design cycles while creating reusable AMS blocks.

The goal of the kits approach is to simplify the application of Cadence technology to shorten time-to-productivity. Customers can then focus their resources on design differentiation rather than design infrastructure, Cadence said. The new kits address application-specific design challenges by combining a verified methodology, packaged in platform flows, with IP and consulting all demonstrated on a representative reference design.

Built on the Virtuoso custom design platform with links to the Encounter digital IC design platform and the Incisive functional verification platform, the AMS methodology kit enables a more productive top-down, bottom-up design methodology. The components of this kit address the key productivity challenges which affect the predictability and risk of AMS design; namely fragmented analog, digital and verification design processes; parasitic effects in AMS; multiple power supplies; and AMS design migration and reuse. This methodology is enabled by the new Cadence AMS Block Flow with Reuse and Migration, the Cadence AMS Top-Level Flow, and the Cadence Analog Driven Physical Implementation Flow, along with a Generic Process Design Kit and simulation setups.

The second kit offering announced is the Optimization Methodology Kit for ARM Processors, which helps design teams enhance performance, power utilization and area when designing with ARM cores and physical libraries.

"These kit offerings are reflective of our strategy of delivering higher levels of productivity tuned to our customers' end-product goals," commented Ajay Malhotra, senior vice president of marketing at Cadence. "Customers can expect more Cadence kits in the near future in areas of wireless, networking and consumer electronics as we move to a more focused kits approach. With each kit, we focus on addressing key design challenges, reducing re-spins and increasing design productivity."

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