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Despite all of the recent political tensions, Russia remains an attractive market for microelectronics and EDA software. Cadence has two offices in Russia: one medium-sized R&D office in the center of Moscow, and one office in Zelenograd, outside of Moscow. Russia has a rich tradition in microelectronics, so Cadence Academic Networks works to establish contacts with Russian academia and to provide knowledge about Cadence tools to Russian students and recent graduates.
On October 31 of last year, Cadence was invited to present its take on digital circuit design at a two-day workshop organized by eNANO. This company belongs to the state-financed RusNano cooperation, whose aim is to enable development and production of state-of-the-art nanoelectronics in Russia. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce design methodology for 32nm technologies to the 127 attendees from 14 universities and 30 companies, starting at the front-end level to manufacturing and packaging. The main presenter at the workshop was Charles Dancak, from University of California Santa Cruz, backed up by Cadence engineers presenting our new digital implementation tool, the Innovus Implementation System. According to its organizers, this workshop was the first of its kind in Russia!
On November 6, the Cadence Academic Network organized its already-traditional Technology Days at MIET University in Zelenograd. About 70 attendees from academia and microelectronic companies in Zelenograd attended presentations from Cadence engineers about Stratus High-Level Synthesis (HLS) and advanced analog layout for technologies, which require double patterning and functional safety.
Another presentation was dedicated to ISO 26262 and DO-254 standards. ISO 26262 standard for automotive is already widely known, but DO-254 for aerospace applications is known only by experts in this area. While automotive markets in Russia are underdeveloped (think Lada), aerospace is certainly one of the core competencies of Russian industry.
Last but not least, MEPHI hosted a three-day workshop, with an audience of more than 120 (mostly young) attendees from 30 different institutions. MEPHI is at the center of nuclear research in Russia—they have a nuclear test reactor at their facility, so it’s always a special thrill to visit them. The guards are armed with Kalashnikovs and inspect every bag and suitcase very carefully, including the ones with giveaways!
At MEPHI, a group led by Professor Eduard Atkin is working on sensors and read-out electronics for cyclotrons, such as those in the Dubna facility in Moscow, or the German Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) project. They are interested in analog and AMS designs, but also in PCB designs. Srdjan Djordjevic from Cadence Munich office demonstrated Sigrity solutions, and Gennady Kirpichev from Zelenograd office provided a lab about the new Virtuoso ADE Explorer/Assembler tools.