Cadence Palladium XP Verification Computing Platform Speeds Deployment of Panasonic Systems-on-Chip for Digital Consumer Products

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Dec 13, 2011 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that Panasonic Corporation has deployed the Cadence Palladium XP Verification Computing Platform, part of the Cadence System Development Suite, to speed the design of Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) for next-generation digital consumer products such as Smart TVs and video recorders. Palladium XP unifies simulation, acceleration and emulation capabilities in a single environment enabling hardware-software system verification. Consequently, customers like Panasonic can rapidly verify their complex SoC designs for cutting-edge consumer products.

"As digital consumer products become increasingly complex, so, too, does the verification of SoCs used to drive them," said Satoru Fujikawa, Director of the Digital Core Development Center, Panasonic Corporation. "The Palladium XP system has enabled us to validate our sophisticated SoC designs at the system level, accelerating chip level verification, predictably, and meeting our schedule requirements."

Digital consumer products, such as Smart TVs, must support advanced features like multi-channel decoding and display, and Internet access simultaneously. In addition, some functions require software execution, necessitating tight integration between hardware and software.

Using Palladium XP, Panasonic was able to test complex functions and verify hardware-software integration. Specifically, the company was able to connect a validation environment to the Palladium XP system, providing graphic validation capabilities of both hardware and software. The ability to verify its solutions at the system level gives Panasonic confidence it can deliver SoCs for industry-leading digital consumer solutions in tight time-to-market windows.

"With the rapid pace of innovation and deployment of application-driven devices, customers must have effective hardware-software development and scalable system verification solutions," said Christopher Tice, Corporate Vice President, System Design and Verification, System & Software Realization Group at Cadence. "Palladium XP, as part of the Cadence System Development Suite, enables companies like Panasonic to keep pace with today's market demands to effectively design, integrate, and verify the hardware and software for complex SoCs that drive next-generation consumer electronics."

About Palladium XP

The Cadence Palladium XP Verification Computing Platform is the foundational component of the System Development Suite aimed to reducing the hardware-software system integration time by up to 50 percent. Palladium XP provides developers a high-fidelity representation of their design so they can quickly and confidently locate and fix bugs, resulting in better-quality systems and subsystems. The platform supports design configurations up to 2 billion gates, delivering performance up to 4MHz and supporting up to 512 users simultaneously. It also provides unique system-level power analysis to better predict and design consumer electronics. Design teams can "hot swap" simulation with acceleration and emulation in a scalable metric-driven verification environment as needed, which speeds the verification process and enables early access to testing embedded software and evaluating performance implications of different IP and/or system architectures.

About Cadence

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.

Cadence, Palladium, and the Cadence logo are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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