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Cadence enables SensorDynamics AG to reduce design cycle

Bracknell, United Kingdom – August 31, 2005 – Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) (Nasdaq:CDN) today announced that SensorDynamics AG, a supplier of integrated microsensors, successfully deployed the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform for its latest chip designed for intelligent sensor interfaces. The Cadence technology brought SensorDynamics AG reduced design cycles and significant time savings. The chip was produced in STMicroelectronics’ BCD6 process technology, achieving first-pass silicon.

With the use of Virtuoso XL Layout Editor and Virtuoso Chip Assembly Router, SensorDynamics AG achieved significant time savings for analog top routing and analog assembly. In addition, the use of the VHDL-AMS verification environment helped identify and solve a number of design bugs, which SensorDynamics AG claims would not have been discovered with a traditional methodology.

With Virtuoso AMS Designer simulator for VHDL-AMS verification, SensorDynamics AG was able to run intensive tests currently not possible with other methodologies.

“The Virtuoso platform was the most intrinsic part of this design flow, which helped us to move from first chip and block ideas to final silicon with a minimum number of design cycles,” said Hubertus Christ, CEO SensorDynamics AG. “In spite of using a design flow which was yet not released from the foundry, we were able to produce a first-pass silicon success in a fast and efficient way.”

The Virtuoso platform is a comprehensive system that enables design teams to deliver silicon that meets all specifications, as well as their schedules. It includes a specification-driven environment, multi-mode simulation, accelerated layout, advanced silicon analysis, and a full-chip integration environment.

“Once again the Virtuoso platform technology played a significant role in helping SensorDynamics AG meet its design goals and achieve a successful tapeout,” said Jacques-Olivier, vice president R&D Europe, Cadence Design Systems. ”We are delighted that SensorDynamics AG has testified that full testing and verification of mixed-signal design was possible only with VHDL-AMS methodology using Virtuoso AMS Designer.”

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, printed circuit boards and systems used in consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2004 revenues of approximately $1.2 billion, and has approximately 5,000 employees. 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
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About SensorDynamics AG
SensorDynamics AG is a supplier of integrated microsensors. SensorDynamics AG develops and manufactures customer-specific microsensor systems for large-production companies of the automotive and sensor industry. Applications comprise miniaturised sensor systems including MEMS modules. SensorDynamics AG integrates the best global IPs, technologies, packaging and test methods as an independent contract partner and in close collaboration with its client. SensorDynamics AG complies with all quality standards of the automotive industry. The company headquarters are located in Graz-Lebring, Austria, and the company has further technology and marketing subsidiaries in Italy, Germany, Slovenia and France. For more information on the company, its products and services please go to:
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