Cadence Space-Based Router Wins EDN Innovation Award for Electronic Design Automation

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 11, 2007 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, today announced that the Cadence® Space-Based Router won the 17th annual EDN "Innovation of the Year" Award for outstanding innovation in IC Back-End and DFM design automation.

Cadence Space-Based Router is a silicon-proven, full-chip and block routing solution for advanced mixed-signal, analog, and custom digital designs. The product speeds design and manufacturing convergence by allowing designers to model manufacturing and electrical effects during the design process for design performance closure and faster time-to-volume manufacturing ramp-up.

"Winning the EDN Innovation Award highlights that Cadence has been and will continue to innovate and be a technology leader," said Richard Brashears, corporate vice president, Manufacturing Modeling and Implementation at Cadence. "We're very pleased that our customers and the industry recognize the Space-Based Router as a solution to the electrical and manufacturing interconnect challenges at 65 nanometers and below."

"It's become increasingly clear that digital media devices for consumers are driving the tech industry," said Maury Wright, editorial director for EDN Worldwide. "The Innovation Award winners in our 17th annual program reflect that trend with products that enable an incredibly compelling consumer experience. I congratulate all of the winners on the great work they did in 2006."

Complex design interconnect rules, including those for 65 and 45 nanometer, challenge the physical modeling capability of traditional shape-based and gridded routers. Cadence Space-Based Router uses a three-dimensional, space-based modeling approach that provides greater accuracy, flexibility and performance than alternative solutions. It also enables concurrent design performance and manufacturing convergence with its in-core electrical analysis coupled with design-for-manufacturing and design-for-yield awareness that is critical for design closure at these advanced process nodes.

On January 30, 2007, the Cadence Space-Based Router also won the DesignVision Award in the "ASIC and IC design tool" category, which was presented at DesignCon 2007 by the International Engineering Consortium. Winners were chosen by the DesignCon Technical Program Committee, consisting of 96 of the industry's top thought leaders. By receiving both the EDN Innovation and DesignVision awards, the Space-Based Router is gaining wide-spread recognition for excellence in the industry.

About The EDN Innovation Awards

Award winners were selected among the finalists by EDN's worldwide audience of electronics engineers and engineering managers. EDN's editorial staff and Editorial Advisory Board also take part in determining the final winners. Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honor the people, products and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year. Nominees for the Innovator of the Year category must have demonstrated innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and/or product development during the past 12 months.

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 and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2006 revenues of approximately $1.5 billion, and has approximately 5,200 employees. 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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