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Cadence Introduces Complete Custom IC Simulation and Verification Solution

Venice, Fl. -May 15, 2007 &#8212 Cadence Design Systems unveiled Cadence&#174 Virtuoso&#174 Multi-Mode Simulation (release MMSIM 6.2), the industry's first end-to-end simulation and verification solution for analog and RF custom IC design. It uses a common, fully integrated database of netlists and models to simulate analog, RF, memory, and mixed-signal designs and design blocks. This will allow designers to switch from one simulation engine to another without compatibility issues or interpretation impacts, so consistency, accuracy, and design coverage are improved, while cycle time and risk are reduced.

Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation is tightly integrated with the new Virtuoso custom design environment, enabling a complete design-to-verification methodology. In addition, Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation provides a cost-efficient token-based licensing model that allows designers to optimize their usage of different simulation technologies. This model significantly reduces the adoption and support costs typically associated with using multiple simulation technologies from different vendors.

“The ground-breaking Cadence Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation enables verification throughout the design cycle, across design teams, and even across device types,” said Charlie Giorgetti, corporate vice president of marketing for Virtuoso and Allegro Platforms at Cadence. “Customers demand front-to-back design solutions for advanced design. Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation addresses design verification challenges for the entire spectrum of custom IC designs at various design domains while being tightly integrated with the new Virtuoso custom design environment, enabling a complete design-to-verification methodology.”

The new Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation supports the recently released Cadence AMS Methodology Kit, RF Design Methodology Kit, and Low Power Methodology Kit. All three kits offer advanced methodologies and best practices using, among other things, Cadence Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation for verification.

Virtuoso MMSIM 6.2 includes Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator, Virtuoso UltraSim Full Chip Simulator, and Virtuoso AMS Designer. Each of these simulators includes tiered configurations with enhancements tailored to specific levels of design complexity. All are tightly integrated into the Virtuoso Platform Analog Design Environment.

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