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
Over the past few years, Cadence has evolved from its role as a traditional EDA tool provider to become a system development partner that is enabling the design of the end products that impact our daily lives. In this interview, Nimish Modi, senior vice president for marketing and business development at Cadence, talks about the paradigm shift in the industry that has led Cadence to expand its mission and become a system design enablement company.
Q: Nimish, can you describe this transformation at Cadence?
A: Traditional EDA companies are typically focused on the automation needed to develop a chip through capabilities provided by "core EDA." But the needs of our semiconductor customers have evolved, and system companies are becoming an increasing part of our customer base. This has led us to expand beyond IC design automation and to take an end product view that enables system design by providing our customers with tools, IP, services, and software content.
As a system design enablement company, we provide a broad portfolio that focuses not just on SoC [system on chip] development but also on the design, integration, analysis, and verification of system-level components including packaging, boards, software, and system-level IP. We consider how these tie into the mechanical and thermal aspects of the system, and expand our ecosystem partnerships accordingly.
With SoCs playing a central role in all electronic systems, I want to emphasize that core EDA is at the heart of our system design enablement strategy. We continue to focus on providing highly compelling core EDA solutions to our SoC customers within both semiconductor and systems companies.
Q: Why are you talking about "enablement" rather than "automation?"
A: In its purest form, automation implies tooling which, in turn, implies productivity. It assumes you can consistently accelerate the task of developing a chip with fewer human resources. I would argue that with the complexity of current day SoCs, core EDA is really not just about productivity anymore, but about possibility.
And extending beyond that, what goes into making a system goes far beyond just tooling. In addition to tools, we are supporting system design enablement by also providing content. Design IP is content, software IP is content, and these form an essential part of the shipped end product.
Q: What market forces are driving the move to system design enablement?
A: EDA traditionally services semiconductor customers, and while semiconductors will continue to be the core of our customer base, we're seeing those companies starting to incorporate a lot of practices and deliverables which used to be done only by system companies a few years back.
We are also increasingly seeing systems companies working much closer with EDA companies in a race to get their end products to market. Meeting time-to-market goals and providing an optimal overall user experience are key competitive advantages, and this had led to a new wave of systems companies that are differentiating themselves through vertical integration. They are building whole systems in-house, from the SoC to software and system components, and they are looking to co-optimize these various layers of the system stack. This trend presents a growing opportunity for us to increasingly provide the optimized tools, IP, software content, and hardware/software verification platforms that are needed.
With our differentiated and uniquely broad-ranging integrated portfolio, combined with some very strong ecosystem partnerships, we are well positioned to take advantage of new growth opportunities in the systems space. Most of our products will continue to be used for SoC development, but we are increasingly offering other pieces of the development flow beyond the SoC.
Today, systems companies form a market of around $2.6 trillion, nearly an order of magnitude larger than the semiconductor market. We aim to grow our business by increasingly growing our footprint at systems companies.
Q: Cadence has defined a new mission - to "innovate technologies essential to building great products that transform lives." Can you expand on that?
A: We are in the midst of a transformation at Cadence. Where once we were chip focused, we are now end-product focused. You've been witnessing both our organic and inorganic innovations - products like Tempus Timing Signoff Solution and Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution that were built internally, plus the strategic acquisitions we've made to broaden our IP portfolio. We are extremely customer driven and we will continue to build out our portfolio to provide increasing value to our semiconductor and system customers.
Q: Can you provide examples of Cadence tools, IP, or capabilities that facilitate system design enablement?
A: We can talk about three nested levels - SoC, board, and system. SoC complexity continues to grow exponentially as heterogeneous functionality is increasingly integrated onto a single die. This die needs to be fabricated at the most advanced process nodes, run sophisticated software, and be designed correctly the first time. Core EDA continues to be at the heart of our system design enablement strategy, and we are heavily investing in innovation for our core EDA portfolio. We provide highly differentiated, end-to-end tools, flows, services, and a broad IP portfolio to enable SoC development at the most advanced nodes.
At the board level, we offer integrated design, analysis, and signoff solutions through the Allegro package and board design products, as well as Sigrity analysis tools.
At the system level we provide several capabilities as well. First, we have hardware-assisted verification platforms for enabling hardware/software convergence, such as the Palladium XP platform. Second, we have system-level IP - that is, IP that traverses the chip or board. Third, in the systems analysis space, Sigrity tools can be used for inter-board power, thermal, and signal integrity validation. Finally, we are increasingly providing software content such as OS ports, middleware, and software for codecs.
Q: In 2010, Cadence outlined EDA360, a vision for the EDA industry that called for application-driven systems design. How is this new strategy different?
A: EDA360 describes a paradigm shift from the bottom-up, chip-centric design styles of the past to top-down, application-driven design. It's basically saying that the requirements of the end product are not defined by the chip as much as by the application or vertical segment in which the system will be running. We could think about system design enablement as an essential component for realizing this vision. Once specifications are defined, we can enable the development of the system by providing tools, IP, and software content.
Q: How do you see Cadence supporting this transformation over the next few years?
A: First of all, there's a lot of room to grow our core EDA business, and that business is the foundation for everything we do in system design enablement. We will continue to deliver the most innovative core EDA tools and flows at the most advanced process nodes to meet escalating challenges in performance, time to market, low power, and scalability.
Secondly, we will continue to build out our IP portfolio. Thirdly, we will continue to enhance capabilities that enable early system-level software development, including virtual prototyping, emulation, FPGA-based prototyping, and other innovative solutions. We will also continue to enhance and augment our board- and system-level analysis capabilities for signal integrity, power, and thermal. And we will look at continuing to add value by providing increased software content at the systems level.
While most core EDA tools are largely agnostic of the customer's product end markets, the IP, software content, and associated tools are geared towards specific vertical market segments like mobile or networking or automotive. Over time, we'll be able to deliver more comprehensive vertically oriented solutions as well. We'll take what we've already accomplished for mobile and consumer verticals and expand that to better address system and semiconductor customer needs, while enabling system design with the end product in mind.