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Cadence, GlobalFoundries ink software deal

Posted: 03 Sep 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence GlobalFoundries deal  foundry  45nm process  software 

Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Globalfoundries Inc. are embarking on a multi-year software and services agreement for advanced semiconductor design.

GlobalFoundries has adopted a comprehensive suite of Cadence technologies to aid in the design, verification and manufacturing of complex semiconductor devices targeting 45nm and below process technologies. GlobalFoundries will also team up with the Cadence services organisation to build differentiated design-enablement capabilities to support customers at advanced process nodes.

The foundry start-up chose Cadence because of its strong interest in creating a broad, open design flow that enables fast, accurate and easy access to Cadence technology. The foundry has adopted the Cadence Virtuoso and Encounter design environments, as well as specialised technologies for diagnostics, IP validation and parasitic extraction, complemented by support services.

"Cadence technology and services will be important tools to help ensure that GlobalFoundries has the enablement infrastructure necessary to support complex customer designs," said Mojy Chian, senior VP of design enablement at GlobalFoundries. "Our customers are operating at the leading edge of technology, and it is absolutely critical to offer them a standardised and seamless flow that facilitates working silicon. Cadence's expertise in custom design is an important addition as we build a global partner ecosystem to efficiently bring the world's most sophisticated chip designs to market."

"Providing best-in-class solutions for tomorrow's toughest design challenges, ahead of the curve, requires continuous innovation and tight collaboration with our customers and business partners," said Lip-Bu Tan, Cadence president and CEO. "Working closely with GlobalFoundries helps ensure our leadership in low-power, advanced-node, and signoff technologies, and enables Cadence to provide industry-leading design technology and services to a wide range of designers seeking new avenues to market."

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