Cadence Selected as Primary EDA Tool Vendor by GLOBALFOUNDRIES


  • Avera Semi, a GLOBALFOUNDRIES subsidiary, uses a broad range of
    Cadence custom IC, digital, system and verification, and PCB design
    and analysis EDA solutions
  • Avera Semi completes several 12nm and 14nm tapeouts and delivers
    production designs to customers using Cadence tools and flows
  • Avera Semi and Cadence continue collaboration on advanced node

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#EDAlt;/agt;–Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that
GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) has chosen Cadence as the primary EDA tool vendor
for use in Avera Semi, a GF subsidiary, for advanced node chip design
projects. The Avera Semi engineering team has come to rely on the
features, capacity, speed and scalability of the Cadence®
digital and signoff, system and verification, custom IC and PCB design
and analysis tools and flows. Establishing Cadence as their primary
vendor has enabled them to improve engineering productivity.

Avera Semi has successfully completed several large, complex 12nm and
14nm tapeouts and delivered production designs using Cadence flagship
solutions such as the Innovus Implementation System, the
Genus Synthesis Solution, the Tempus Timing
Signoff Solution and Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation as
well as the Virtuoso® custom IC design platform, Spectre®
circuit simulation platform and Allegro® and Sigrity
tools, which are part of following product categories:

  • Digital and Signoff: The parallelized, integrated Cadence
    digital and signoff solutions provided Avera Semi with a trusted
    design flow to achieve industry-leading power, performance and area
    (PPA) results with integrated signoff accuracy for designs with more
    than 500M instances, complex clocking requirements and chip sizes at
    the mask reticle limit.
  • System and Verification: The Cadence Verification Suite helped
    the Avera Semi verification team find bugs more efficiently, quickly
    implement and bring up complex testbenches for faster project
    completion and fuel testbench automation, analysis and reuse for
    increased productivity.
  • Custom IC/Analog Design: The comprehensive analog and
    mixed-signal simulation capabilities in the Cadence custom IC design
    platform enabled Avera Semi to consistently, accurately and quickly
    design and verify complex IP such as the Avera Semi 112G Serial
    Link. Additionally, the tight integration of Cadence physical
    verification and design-for-manufacturing (DFM) tools within the
    Cadence Virtuoso IC design platform accelerated design and
  • PCB Design and Analysis: Cadence’s PCB design and analysis
    tools helped Avera Semi achieve a smooth and efficient interface
    between the chip and packaging teams, helping to manage and track
    engineering change requests. The tools’ customizability enabled Avera
    Semi to automate the numerous properties associated with a package,
    reducing manual errors and design cycle time.

“Today’s announcement is another solid step in our collaborative journey
to achieve a higher level of productivity through Cadence’s design
flow,” said Kevin O’Buckley, GM at Avera Semi. “We have already deployed
the Cadence flows to complete a number of successful production designs
for our customers using the GF 12nm and 14nm FinFET process technologies
and will extend our collaboration with Cadence on advanced nodes.
Standardizing on Cadence’s custom, digital and IC package flows and
verification solutions will help us master new challenges encountered at
advanced nodes and expand our leadership in designs for data centers,
wired communications, and machine learning and artificial intelligence

“Avera Semi uses Cadence as its primary supplier due to many years of
successful collaborations on large, complex designs that met evolving
market demands,” said Dr. Chin-Chi Teng, senior vice president and
general manager of the Digital & Signoff Group at Cadence.
“We are always working to optimize design flow speed, throughput and
provide differentiated tool features to deliver best-in-class PPA to
customers. As we expand upon our longstanding relationship with Avera
Semi, their customers can also benefit from our continued innovation and
dedication to advancing ASIC design.”

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