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Ricoh Joins Power Forward Initiative

Ecosystem Continues Expansion; Cadence Low-Power Solution Delivers Improved Productivity In Consecutive Ricoh Tapeouts

SAN JOSE, Calif., 15 Jul 2009

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global design innovation, announced today that Ricoh Co., Ltd. has joined the Power Forward Initiative after completing two complex power management system-on-chip (SoC) designs using the Cadence® Low-Power Solution. As a result of this success, Ricoh is driving the use of the Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled low-power methodology. Membership in the Power Forward Initiative also enables Ricoh to contribute directly to the improvement of low-power design technology.

“The complexity of our chip designs, and the associated market requirements, demand that we use the best technologies and methodologies available,” said Fumiaki Kadowaki, manager of the CAD Engineering Section, Imaging System LSI Development Center, Electronic Devices Company at Ricoh. “The completeness of the Cadence automated solution for designing power shut-off and multiple supply/multiple power domains provided productivity benefits and greatly reduced risk versus traditional approaches.”

The Cadence Low-Power Solution enables power shut-off simulation using the Incisive® Enterprise Simulator; automated power shut-off and multi-supply voltage synthesis using Encounter® RTL Compiler global synthesis; and comprehensive verification using the Encounter Conformal® Low Power solution. In addition, the Encounter Digital Implementation System offers a comprehensive floorplanning, prototyping, placement, routing and sign-off solution for challenging low-power designs. The low-power design methodology leverages the Common Power Format to enable a single, golden specification for low-power design intent to drive both the design and verification processes.

“We’re happy to see both new tapeout successes for Ricoh and for the Cadence Low-Power Solution,” said Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president of research and development for the implementation group at Cadence. “By joining the Power Forward Initiative, Ricoh exemplifies the advancement of systems companies involvement in this important low-power ecosystem.”

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.

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Dean Solov
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

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Posted 07-15-2009 5:00 AM by Power Forward
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