San Jose, CA
$1 billion FY08
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Defense
CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
To keep pace with market demand for more performance and functionality in today’s mobile phones, digital cameras, computers, automotive systems and other electronics products, manufacturers pack billions of transistors onto a single chip. This would not be technologically possible without “electronic design automation” (EDA).
Cadence Design Systems (started as SDA Systems in 1983 and renamed after its merger with ECAD in 1987) is one of the world’s leading EDA companies. It had its roots in University of California, Berkeley’s research program in design automation, which received funding from the Department of Defense. It is now the second largest firm in the electronic design automation industry.
Cadence customers use their software, hardware, and services to overcome a range of technical and economic hurdles. Cadence’s technologies help customers create mobile devices with longer battery life. Designers of ICs for game consoles and other consumer electronics speed their products to market using Cadence hardware simulators to run software on a ‘virtual’ chip — long before the actual chip exists. Cadence bridges the traditional gap between chip designers and fabrication facilities, so that manufacturing challenges can be addressed early in the design stage.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
SDA Systems (now known as Cadence Design Systems) was formed by James Solomon, a University of California, Berkeley alumnus, and two faculty members in the department of electrical engineering at UC Berkeley, Richard Newton and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, to support and improve upon SPICE and other electronic design automation software developed at UC Berkeley. In 1993, Cadence established the Cadence Research Laboratories (CRL) in Berkeley to focus on advanced research in Electronic Design Automation. CRL maintains a variety of collaborations with other research institutions and universities. But it is particularly involved with the University of California, Berkeley.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
Development of SPICE and other electronic design automation programs at UC Berkeley was funded by the Department of Defense.
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