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This year, Cadence celebrates its 30th anniversary. When Cadence was founded in 1988, I was working at VLSI Technology with fellow blogger Paul McLellan, of Breakfast Bytes fame. VLSI Technology had its own set of computer-aided design (CAD) tools for its fabs, as did every semiconductor company. I had already worked on the introduction of the first standard cell library and physical tools for VLSI’s 2-micron technology. Engineers were still using schematic capture for chip design, with tools and workstations from Mentor Graphics, Daisy Systems, and Valid Logic.
Every semiconductor company considered its own design tools to be jewels that would keep customers coming back for more and not going to the competition. The idea of fab-independent tools from third-party companies was just starting to be explored coincident with the increasing processing power of personal computers and workstations.
Cadence was launched on June 1, 1988, from the merger of two of the first software-only EDA companies: ECAD Systems and SDA Systems. By merging, these two companies had the strength to break out of the pack of small EDA startups, and the rest is history.
So much has happened since then. Some of the big highlights include:
This year we’ve already introduced the Legato Reliability solution – the industry’s first analog IC design-for-reliability product. We’ve also prototyped the first DDR5 IP. And so much more!
The innovation will continue, and Cadence will be at the forefront!