DiBcom Leverages Combined Cadence Low-Power and Mixed-Signal Solutions to Create Advanced Mobile TV System-on-Chip

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2009 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that the Cadence® Low-Power Solution and Mixed-Signal Solution models have been successfully proven in an intensive project with DiBcom, the leading provider of mobile television solutions. Together, the two companies implemented a major methodology shift resulting in the smooth and successful tapeout of a revolutionary programmable platform called "Octopus," which offers manufacturers a flexible and powerful solution to the problem of multiple standards worldwide for fixed and mobile TV.

The system-on-chip (SoC) design project took advantage of multiple Cadence design platforms to realize full integration of high-performance receiver functionality into a 65nm digital SoC. At the same time, rigorous improvements in power efficiency were implemented throughout the device using a variety of power management techniques, including power shut-down for individual design blocks of the combined digital/mixed-signal device. Advanced verification techniques were used throughout the project to ensure every stage was correct before proceeding. The end result was a first-time-right tapeout of a highly competitive and versatile platform that is fully compliant with the most widely applied mobile TV standards today, such as CMMB, DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-SH, ISDB-T and T-DMB.

"As a market innovator in highly integrated and low-power SoCs for mobile TV applications, DiBcom invests in advanced electronic design automation (EDA) solutions that enable us to deliver very complex products to market on time and on budget. Besides providing us with critical design automation technologies, we worked closely with the Cadence Services team, which supported us to achieve the complex project requirements on schedule," said Khaled Maalej, CTO of DiBcom. "The solution deployment model was key to meeting our aggressive objectives on the present project, and leaves enormous residual value that we can apply on the next SoC design."

The deployment of the Cadence Low-Power and Mixed-Signal Solutions spanned several Cadence design platforms, including Virtuoso®, Encounter®, Allegro® and Incisive® design environments. Using a formalized solutions approach, the two companies executed an objective measurement and analysis model to mitigate risk and accelerate methodology adoption, while realizing the full potential of the solution in a working design.

"The formalized solutions model is proving to be a great benefit to our customers in the rapid evolution and deployment of mission-critical design methodologies," said Bill Heiser, group director of Solutions Marketing at Cadence. "DiBcom works within a highly competitive marketplace and needs quality support and flawless execution. This is a perfect match for our solutions strategy."

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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 and hardware, methodologies, 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, the Cadence logo, Allegro, Virtuoso, Incisive and Encounter 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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