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Cadence, Si2 team up for unified low-power standard

Posted: 06 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence Design Systems Inc.? Silicon Integration Initiative? Common Power Format? IEEE? Low Power Coalition?

Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) partnered to enable a common industry standard for low-power design, implementation and verificationthe Common Power Format (CPF).

"Si2 applauds the vision of the EDA- and semiconductor-industry leaders in working together towards a single power-format standard," said Steve Schulz, president and CEO of Si2. "We look forward to supporting all Low Power Coalition members as they use CPF to develop the industry's open standard for low-power design."

The Si2 Low Power Coalition (LPC) will facilitate in standardizing CPF for a single-file approach to low-power design intent.

Cadence intends to contribute CPF to Si2 by Jan. 31 next year after completing the feedback process with Power Forward Initiative advisors, and has already made a read-only version available to Si2 LPC members. IEEE standardization of CPF will now be subject to a decision and approval of the Si2 LPC.

"Customers have called for a single, holistic approach to address the gaps in linking low-power design, implementation and verification. They do not want a standards war," said Jan Willis, senior VP of Industry Alliances at Cadence. "Customers are already seeing the benefits enabled by a single file approach. So we are delighted to contribute CPF to Si2 where we believe a strong cross section of committed companies exists to drive the unification of low-power standards."

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