Aspex Semiconductor Uses Cadence Encounter Platform to Implement 130nm Linedancer Processor

Signal Integrity, Timing Closure Achieved Easily, Enabling Aspex to Meet Ambitious Time-to-Market Goals

SAN JOSE, Calif. & BRACKNELL, United Kingdom—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 18, 2004— Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) today announced that Aspex Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company delivering ultra high performance, software programmable processors, has successfully taped out its Linedancer(TM) processor using 130nm technology at 300MHz using the Cadence(R) Encounter(TM) digital IC design platform. Responding to the demand of customers serving such markets as communications, Web services and imaging markets, Aspex redesigned the device at 130nm, incorporated new features and reduced the die size and power consumption. The Encounter platform enabled Aspex to reach its market window and meet all design and performance goals.

Signal integrity was a key design challenge for Aspex at 130nm. Using the Encounter platform's CeltIC(TM) signal integrity technology, elimination of cross talk and reduction of design iterations were realized within three weeks. Timing closure was successfully achieved at 300MHz with First Encounter(R) silicon virtual prototyping. The best-of-breed technology behind the Encounter platform demonstrates again that the platform provides an integrated and fast route to higher-quality silicon through wire-centric design.

"We were thrilled with the whole Encounter design flow from Cadence," said Dr. Ian Jalowiecki, vice president of engineering at Aspex Semiconductor. "Resolving signal integrity and timing closure issues at 130nm painlessly, we were able to meet our design goals within a very aggressive market window."

"Last August we announced that Aspex selected the Encounter platform in order to obtain solutions and support for their next stage of growth," said Guillaume d'Eyssautier, senior vice president and general manager EMEA at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. "We are very pleased today that the Encounter platform has enabled Aspex to move rapidly to smaller geometries and tape out successfully in 130nm."

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Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design technologies, methodology services, and design services. Cadence solutions are used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics based products. With approximately 4,800 employees and 2003 revenues of approximately $1.1 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the company, its products and services is available at

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