Cadence® system design and verification solutions, integrated under our Verification Suite, provide the simulation, acceleration, emulation, and management capabilities.
Verification Suite Related Products A-Z
Cadence® digital design and signoff solutions provide a fast path to design closure and better predictability, helping you meet your power, performance, and area (PPA) targets.
Full-Flow Digital Solution Related Products A-Z
Cadence® custom, analog, and RF design solutions can help you save time by automating many routine tasks, from block-level and mixed-signal simulation to routing and library characterization.
Overview Related Products A-Z
Driving efficiency and accuracy in advanced packaging, system planning, and multi-fabric interoperability, Cadence® package implementation products deliver the automation and accuracy.
Cadence® PCB design solutions enable shorter, more predictable design cycles with greater integration of component design and system-level simulation for a constraint-driven flow.
An open IP platform for you to customize your app-driven SoC design.
Comprehensive solutions and methodologies.
Helping you meet your broader business goals.
A global customer support infrastructure with around-the-clock help.
More Support Log In
24/7 Support - Cadence Online Support
Locate the latest software updates, service request, technical documentation, solutions and more in your personalized environment.
Cadence offers various software services for download. This page describes our offerings, including the Allegro FREE Physical Viewer.
The Cadence Academic Network helps build strong relationships between academia and industry, and promotes the proliferation of leading-edge technologies and methodologies at universities renowned for their engineering and design excellence.
Participate in CDNLive
A huge knowledge exchange platform for academia to network with industry. We are looking for academic speakers to talk about their research to the industry attendees at the Academic Track at CDNLive EMEA and Silicon Valley.
Come & Meet Us @ Events
A huge knowledge exchange platform for academia. We are looking for academic speakers to talk about their research to industry attendees.
Americas University Software Program
Join the 250+ qualified Americas member universities who have already incorporated Cadence EDA software into their classrooms and academic research projects.
EMEA University Software Program
In EMEA, Cadence works with EUROPRACTICE to ensure cost-effective availability of our extensive electronic design automation (EDA) tools for non-commercial activities.
Apply Now For Jobs
If you are a recent college graduate or a student looking for internship. Visit our exclusive job search page for interns and recent college graduate jobs.
Cadence is a Great Place to do great work
Learn more about our internship program and visit our careers page to do meaningful work and make a great impact.
Get the most out of your investment in Cadence technologies through a wide range of training offerings.
Overview All Courses Asia Pacific EMEANorth America
Instructor-led training [ILT] are live classes that are offered in our state-of-the-art classrooms at our worldwide training centers, at your site, or as a Virtual classroom.
Online Training is delivered over the web to let you proceed at your own pace, anytime and anywhere.
Exchange ideas, news, technical information, and best practices.
The community is open to everyone, and to provide the most value, we require participants to follow our Community Guidelines that facilitate a quality exchange of ideas and information.
It's not all about the technology. Here we exchange ideas on the Cadence Academic Network and other subjects of general interest.
Cadence is a leading provider of system design tools, software, IP, and services.
Get email delivery of the Cadence blog featured here
CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2010 -- our user's group meeting and more -- kicked off yesterday morning at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. It's been 2 years since the last CDNLive! (last year's event was online-only) where I captured this video of our Encounter software running though VPN/VNC on an iPhone. I was thinking this morning: How are we going to top that? What is going to be the thing I remember most at this year's event?
Well, for starters I grabbed a seat near Richard Goering, Gary Smith, and John Cooley who -- collectively -- have probably written 90% of the content I've consumed while working in the semiconductor and EDA industries for the past 13 years. It was great to see these guys in attendance along with other distinguished members of the press covering the event. Although I'm a Cadence employee I share these observations from the perspective of a typical engineer. I hope they're useful in getting a feel for the tenor and topics discussed in the morning session at this year's conference.
The morning agenda had our executives describing what we're working on at Cadence at a high level, what our strategy is, and what makes Cadence special. First, we heard from our President and CEO Lip-Bu Tan who shared that design costs are greater than mask costs. Automation, he suggested, is the way forward. Next, our Chief Marketing Officer John Bruggeman (image below) delivered a focused and deliberate message about what EDA360 is and why customers should care about it.
He went into detail about System Realization, SoC Realization, and Silicon Realization and shared an anecdote I found interesting. He said that the average American television set has a lifespan of 15 years. That business model is undesirable when contrasted with a typical smartphone business model where the consumer pays for the handset, pays for a service contract, and then pays for apps and content on top of it. When John unboxed a television set he recently purchased he booted it up (as opposed to "plugging it in" or "turning it on") -- and was presented with an app-like user interace similar to the iPhone. He used this as an example of how technology businesses need to fundamentally rethink the way they deliver their solutions to delight end users and then earn a revenue stream from them.
Chi-Ping Hsu is our Senior VP of R&D in charge of Silicon Realization. Responsibility for the Encounter Digital Implementation System, my area of expertise, falls within his organization. He talked about EDA360's concepts of intent, abstraction, and convergence and how those concepts drive product direction. He noted that design costs are greater than mask costs and suggested that automation is the way to reduce design costs.
Next up was Dave Desharnais, Product Marketing Group Director, also in Silicon Realization. For the engineers in the room, this was likely a highlight of the morning because he delivered a demo which showed a tangible example of how an EDA360 concept meaningfully touches backend design. A key topic that came up throughout the day was Mixed Signal design. He showed how a top-level analog designer could easily interact with digital IP in their design by analyzing pin assignment quality in Virtuoso and then moving over to Encounter to implement the details of the pin move while keeping the top and bottom levels in sync. This is a simple task conceptually which can be complicated if analog and digital design teams and/or tools aren't well aligned. Here's a photo of Dave in front of one of the biggest screens I've ever seen an EDA demo on:
So that took us to our first break. Quite a session from the high-level to the mid-level, conceptually. Check back later for some thoughts on the excellent customer presentation from Ty Garibay from Texas Instruments and a panel discussion on EDA360 in the Real World. I'll also go into a couple of papers I co-presented with customers and talk about perhaps the best part about conferences like these -- the side discussions that occur with people with similar areas of experience and expertise.
If you're looking for a nice meal while you're out here I have a couple of suggestions. One of my favorite restaurants in downtown San Jose is Il Fornaio inside the nearby Sainte Claire Hotel. The Pizza Fradiavola ($13.79) includes mozzarella, tomato sauce, Italian sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions, and spicy peperoncino oil. Delicious. Looking for a nice steak? The Grill (attached to the Fairmont) serves up nice stuff with great service in a classy environment. Pricey, but very good.
I'd love it if you subscribed to the Digital Implementation blogs (via E-mail or RSS) so we can continue the conversation.
Question of the Day: Are you out here at the conference? What did you think of the morning session?