Renesas Technology Gets up to 2X Design Productivity Increase With Cadence Virtuoso NeoCircuit; Over 30 Designs Completed Using Cadence Methodology

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 28, 2006— Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that Renesas Technology Corp., a leading provider of electronics for multimedia, mobile, communication and automotive applications, has successfully deployed the Virtuoso(R) NeoCircuit mixed-signal optimization technology into its production design flow. The Virtuoso NeoCircuit optimizer enabled Renesas to shorten design turnaround time, improve design quality and build a new culture of analog IP reuse within the company.

"Automation of circuit design has been a compelling challenge for many years at Renesas," stated Hitoshi Sugihara, Department Manager, Analog EDA Technology Development Department, Design Technology Division, LSI Product Technology Unit at Renesas Technology Corp. "We were impressed by NeoCircuit's optimization technology, which enabled us to develop a production methodology for circuit design. We feel confident that the new production methodology with NeoCircuit will contribute to shorten design turnaround time and accelerate analog IP reuse within the company."

The Renesas EDA team collaborated with the circuit design teams to deploy a new production methodology incorporating Virtuoso NeoCircuit. The extensive visualization features enabled Renesas engineers to explore design tradeoffs and perform "what if" analyses, contributing to a faster understanding of a circuit's capabilities. This, in conjunction with a tight integration of Virtuoso Spectre, provides a powerful solution in Renesas's design flow that has been proven on over 30 designs.

"We are very pleased with the success Renesas has achieved by deploying NeoCircuit's optimization technology in its design flow," said Charlie Giorgetti, vice president of marketing for Virtuoso at Cadence. "By using NeoCircuit in day-to-day design, engineers are able to create rugged designs in a shorter time and can more readily retarget their designs to new target specifications as part of a practical reuse methodology."

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