Business News | Feb 01, 2010

Austriamicrosystems Expands Reliance on Cadence Technology To Achieve Seamless Mixed-Signal SoC Design

Cadence Design Systems Inc., the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that austriamicrosystems, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-performance 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 mixed-signal 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 mixed-signal system-on-chip 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 full-featured leading-edge digital implementation solution that offers tight interoperability between analog and digital design environments for mixed-signal implementation and analysis. It also delivers the unique ability to perform top-level static timing analysis for mixed-signal designs, including digital components within the analog hierarchy.

Cadence design-for-manufacturing (DFM) technologies are an integral part of the EDI System, enabling early identification, analysis and repair of yield-limiting 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 Austriamicrosystems:
austriamicrosystems’ business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixedsignal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and embedded EEPROM processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses. For more information, please visit

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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