Next-Generation Virtuoso Platform Featuring Advanced Analog Verification Technologies and 10X Performance Improvements

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Cadence Design Systems today announced the delivery of the next-generation Virtuoso® platform which offers designers an average of 10X performance and capacity improvement across the platform. The platform includes new technologies within the Cadence® Virtuoso Analog Design Environment (ADE) and enhancements to the Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite to address requirements for automotive safety, medical device and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Next-Generation Virtuoso ADE Product Suite
The next-generation Cadence Virtuoso ADE product suite addresses the challenges that come with the emergence of new industry standards, advanced-node designs and the requirements for system design, enabling engineers to fully explore, analyze and verify designs to ensure that design intent is maintained throughout the design cycle. Enhanced data handling provides up to 20X improvement in loading waveform databases in excess of 1GB and a 50X improvement in versioning and loading set-up files into the environment.

Next-gen Virtuoso ADE enables engineers to explore, analyze and verify designs against goals to ensure that design intent is maintained throughout the design cycle

The suite’s key technologies include:
• Virtuoso ADE Explorer: Enables fast and accurate real-time tuning of design specs, provides pass/fail datasheets and delivers a complete corners and Monte Carlo statistical environment for detecting and fixing variation problems
• Virtuoso ADE Assembler: Enables engineers to analyze their designs under various process-voltage-temperature (PVT) combinations; also offers GUI-based verification plans so designers can easily create conditional and dependent simulations
• Virtuoso ADE Verifier: Provides a substantial technological advancement in analog verification, offering an integrated dashboard that lets engineers easily verify that all of the blocks are contributing to the overall design specifications

Virtuoso Layout Suite offers up to 100X accelerated zoom, pan, drag and draw performance on large layouts

“The new Virtuoso ADE Verifier technology and the Virtuoso ADE Assembler technology run plan capability make our design teams more productive,” said Yanqiu Diao, deputy general manager, Turing Processor business unit at HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. “Through our early use of the new Cadence Virtuoso ADE product suite, we’ve found that we can improve analog IP verification productivity by approximately 30 percent and reduce verification issues by one-half. Our smartphone and network chip projects should benefit from these latest capabilities.”

Virtuoso Layout Suite Enhancements
The enhanced Virtuoso Layout Suite addresses the most complex layout challenges by offering accelerated performance and productivity for custom analog, digital and mixed-signal designs at the device, cell, block and chip levels.

The suite’s latest updates provide the following enhancements:

• Graphics rendering performance: Provides from 10X to 100X accelerated zoom, pan, drag and draw performance on large layouts
• Module Generator (ModGen): Interactive pattern manipulation flow that makes real-time customization of ModGens very visual and simple; also now supports synchronous clones, which are layout elements with identical physical properties—like width and length of transistors—that the layout designer can layout once and reuse
• New structured device-level routing: Structured device-level routing capabilities can enhance routing productivity by as much as 50 percent

“Customers have continually placed their trust in the Cadence Virtuoso platform for more than 25 years, taping out thousands of designs each year,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager, Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “The need to do custom design has never been greater, and increasing complexity is driving the need to further simplify the design process so our customers can meet design schedules. Cadence remains at the forefront of custom design innovation with the delivery of our next-generation Virtuoso platform, which enables fast, accurate custom design.”

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