Cadence joins forces with Microsoft, Google and Amazon on cloud EDA tools

Cadence joins forces with Microsoft, Google and Amazon on cloud EDA tools

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By Wisse Hettinga

Cadence said it is working with Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services to implement these cloud-based design environments.

The Cloud portfolio consists of Cadence- and customer-managed environments to provide scalable resources and to reduce some tasks in EDA from weeks to minutes. At the same time Cadence has introduced Palladium Cloud solution, a cloud-based emulation solution that easily addresses peak needs of existing Palladium customers.

The announcement marks 17 years from the time when a group of graduate students led by professor Richard Newton of the University of California at Berkeley demonstrated that a collection of EDA software tools, including Synopsys Inc.’s Design Compiler, could be used to design ICs over the internet. This was at DAC in Las Vegas in 2001.

Cadence says it has gained extensive cloud experience by hosting design environments for more than 100 customers and by architecting its products to be massively parallel so that they can take benefit of improved scalability in the cloud.

“Cadence has passed our rigorous cloud security audits and is authorized to engage with mutual customers on the Cadence Cloud using TSMC process models and rule decks,” said Suk Lee, senior director of design infrastructure marketing at TSMC, in a statement issued by Cadence

The initial Cadence products that are cloud-ready and benefit significantly from the scale of the cloud include tools for circuit simulation, power and EM analysis, logic simulation, formal verification, physical verification, timing sign-off, extraction, power integrity and library characterization.

The Cadence Cloud-Hosted Design Solution, also part of the Cadence Cloud portfolio, provides software tools in a fully-supported, managed and EDA-optimized design environment built on AWS or Microsoft Azure.

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