SANYO Adopts 2 Key Products From Cadence to Tackle Complex Analog and Mixed-Signal Designs

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2009 -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (SANYO) has adopted Cadence® Virtuoso® IC 6.1 (the latest version of the Virtuoso custom design platform) and the Virtuoso Digital Implementation system to help develop its complex analog and mixed-signal designs. SANYO, a leader in consumer electronics, expects to reduce design times by one quarter when compared to its previous flow.

SANYO chose the Virtuoso IC 6.1 XL product tier because of its unique constraints capability, which helps ensure design intent is maintained throughout the custom design cycle. Virtuoso Digital Implementation complements Virtuoso IC 6.1 with automated digital functionality, enabling a comprehensive mixed-signal implementation solution that takes advantage of a single, unified design database. SANYO can then deliver its sophisticated, market-differentiated analog and mixed-signal ICs more efficiently than in the past.

"It is really important for SANYO to develop an efficient design flow for our analog/mixed-signal designs for us to win in the market," said Masaharu Wataguchi, general manager for the Design Engineering Dept at SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd. "By using Virtuoso IC 6.1 and Virtuoso Digital Implementation, we are able to meet all of the strict design metrics on analog/mixed-signal designs -- now with a 25% design time reduction compared to our previous flow. We plan to use this Cadence technology to develop our latest power-management devices, RF tuners and automotive DSPs."

"Cadence has long been recognized as one of the primary EDA vendors for analog and mixed-signal design in the Japanese electronics market," said Ryoichi Kawashima, president of Cadence Japan. "We are pleased we were able to work with SANYO to help them drive their customers' key market segments into the future."

Virtuoso IC 6.1 is the leading Cadence platform for custom IC design. Virtuoso Digital Implementation is a complete synthesis and place-and-route system that enables small digital block implementation in the context of an advanced analog-driven methodology for mixed-signal designs.

About Cadence

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.

Cadence, the Cadence logo, and Virtuoso are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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