Cadence and TSMC Strengthen Collaboration on Design Infrastructure for 16nm FinFET Process Technology

Multi-Year Agreement to Enable Advanced Design, Technology and Tooling

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 08, 2013 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), today announced an ongoing multi-year agreement with TSMC to develop the design infrastructure for 16-nanometer FinFET technology, targeting advanced node designs for mobile, networking, servers and FPGA applications. The deep collaboration, beginning earlier in the design process than usual, will effectively address the design challenges specific to FinFETs – from design analysis through signoff – and will deliver the infrastructure necessary to enable ultra low-power, high-performance chips. 

FinFETs help deliver the power, performance, and area (PPA) advantages that are needed to develop highly differentiated SoC designs at 16 nanometers and smaller process technologies. Unlike a planar FET, the FinFET employs a vertical fin-like structure protruding from the substrate with the gate wrapping around the sides and top of the fin, thereby producing transistors with low leakage currents and fast switching performance. This extended Cadence-TSMC collaboration will produce the design infrastructure that chip designers need for accurate electrical characteristics and parasitic models required for advanced FinFET designs for mobile and enterprise applications. 

“The FinFET device requires greater accuracy, from analysis through signoff, and that is why TSMC is teaming with Cadence on this project,” said Suk Lee, TSMC Senior Director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division. “This collaboration will enable designers to use the new process technology with confidence earlier than ever before, allowing our mutual customers to meet their power, performance and time-to-market goals.” 

“Producing the design infrastructure necessary for these types of complex, groundbreaking processes requires close collaboration between foundries and EDA technology innovators,” said Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president, Silicon Realization Group at Cadence. “In joining with TSMC, a leader in FinFET technology, Cadence brings unique technology innovations and expertise that will provide designers with the FinFET design capabilities they need to bring high-performance, power-efficient products to market.” 

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


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