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Cadence AMS kit adopted by non-volatile memory supplier

Posted: 28 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence Design Systems? Saifun Semiconductors? memory? Analog Mixed Signal? methodology kit?

Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced that Saifun Semiconductors Ltd, a supplier of non-volatile memory technology and solutions, has adopted Cadence's Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) Methodology Kit.

Built upon the Virtuoso custom design platform, with links to the Encounter digital IC design platform and the Incisive functional verification platform, the Cadence AMS Methodology Kit promises 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 designnamely fragmented analog, digital and verification design processes; parasitic effects in AMS; multiple power supplies; and AMS design migration and reuse, said the press release.

Eduardo Maayan, vice president of research and development at Saifun, shared that the AMS kit helped their designers develop an optimized design methodology for reuse and migration of critical analog mixed-signal blocks for our innovative NROM technology. "Using the kit and Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator, we were able to build a simulation strategy to achieve the best combination of silicon accuracy and speed, as well as beat our design timelines," Maayan said.

According to the press release, the goal of the Cadence kits approach is to shorten time to productivity by simplifying the application of Cadence technology. Customers can then focus their design resources on design differentiation rather than design infrastructure. The press release further said that Cadence's 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.

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