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austriamicrosystems expands reliance on Cadence technology to achieve seamless mixed-signal SoC design

austriamicrosystems has extended its collaboration with Cadence by selecting encounter digital implementation system for digital designs

(PresseBox) (Unterpremstaetten/Austria/Feldkirchen/Germany, ) Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that austriamicrosystems (SIX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of highperformance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications and foundry services, has broadened its deployment of Cadence® technology. Over the last two decades, austriamicrosystems has relied on the Cadence Virtuoso® custom IC design platform for its analog and mixedsignal designs and process design kits (PDKs). By choosing Cadence®

Encounter® Digital Implementation System for the digital part of its designs, the company can now ensure a tight integration between its design flows.

"austriamicrosystems has used Cadence technology for the development and manufacturing of our analog ICs since 1992. To handle the digital parts of our mixedsignal systemonchip designs, it was crucial for us to collaborate with one of the most experienced EDA suppliers in this space," said Thomas Riener, Vice President and General Manager BU Full Service Foundry, at austriamicrosystems. "With Cadence Encounter Digital Implementation System, we are now enabled to tightly integrate our design flows, which will enable us further in ensuring our customers' success."

Encounter Digital Implementation System is a fullfeatured leadingedge digital implementation solution that offers tight interoperability between analog and digital design environments for mixedsignal implementation and analysis. It also delivers the unique ability to perform toplevel static timing analysis for mixedsignal designs, including digital components within the analog hierarchy.

Cadence designformanufacturing (DFM) technologies are an integral part of the EDI System, enabling early identification, analysis and repair of yieldlimiting design elements present at advanced nodes.

"A solution that shares a unified database between custom and digital implementation offers a vast advantage for our customers," said Limin He, vice president Research & Development of IC digital products at Cadence. "austriamicrosystems benefits from the enhanced interoperability, which enables better communication between the design teams. That enables austriamicrosystems to deploy a more efficient design flow and to save precious design time."

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. 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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austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixedsignal foundry market offering wellestablished RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and embedded EEPROM processes. With superior support during the design phase, highend tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.