Since the introduction of the first single-chip microcontroller with the V850 core in April 1996, NEC Electronics has steadily established a solid lineup of V850 series products and has extended the product portfolio to ASSPs and IP cores for ASICs. To further enhance quality and support to its customers, NEC Electronics collaborated with Cadence, which has a proven record as a top supplier of electronic design technologies for system LSIs. This collaboration has enabled NEC Electronics to significantly shorten its design TAT and improve production efficiency. Cadence provided NEC Electronics with a reliable multi-mode, multi-corner analysis that provides consistent results with Encounter Digital Implementation System resulting in a more productive environment and a shorter TAT.
"The ability to deliver superior silicon reliability, performance, and area savings, as well as fast time to market, are critical factors to our success in serving our customers," said Michiya Nakamura, general manager of the 1st Microcomputer Division, NEC Electronics Corporation. "Using the Encounter Digital Implementation System, we were able to meet all of the strict design metrics for these advanced system LSI designs, and in half the time of our previous flow. We were especially pleased by the high performance and capacity scalability of the Encounter Digital Implementation System, as well as its robust multi-mode, multi-corner analysis and optimization features, which enabled us to achieve more efficiency in our flow and better quality of results."
The Cadence® Encounter® Digital Implementation System is a configurable digital implementation platform delivering scalability with complete support for parallel processing across the design flow. The system also brings an ultra-efficient new core memory architecture delivering higher-performance, higher-capacity design closure for single CPU operations.
"NEC Electronics' experience consistently demonstrates that the new Encounter Digital Implementation System is delivering new levels of productivity for advanced digital IC designs," said Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president of research and development for the Implementation Products Group at Cadence. "The new Encounter Digital Implementation System provides customers with a completely unified digital implementation environment with foundry qualified accurate signoff engines. The system is now broadly deployed worldwide to address complex design closure, low power, mixed signal and advanced node requirements."
NEC Electronics intends to actively utilize the technologies and experience accumulated through the collaboration with Cadence and extend those to the company's other products to provide customers with the highest quality and performance solutions for system development.
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 www.cadence.com.
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