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Ricoh Adopts Cadence Virtuoso Platform for Its Advanced Custom IC Design Flow



2008-07-15 07:00:00

Ricoh Adopts Cadence Virtuoso Platform for Its Advanced Custom IC Design Flow

Productivity and Reliability Gains Motivate Ricoh to Align Its Front-End Methodology With Cadence Technology

SAN JOSE, CA–(EMWNews – July 15, 2008) – Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS),

the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that Ricoh Company Ltd. has adopted the

Cadence® Virtuoso®

custom IC design platform as its comprehensive design flow solution. Citing

significant gains in productivity and design reliability, Ricoh adopted the Virtuoso platform for

its front-end methodology with the Virtuoso platform, including replacing

its in-house layout tool with the Virtuoso layout solution

Using the latest Virtuoso technology, Ricoh was able to cut verification

run time by half and double layout productivity on a very complex

power-management IC, increasing design reliability for an IC that was

significantly more complex than previous designs. Cadence technologies that

were key to the evaluation included Virtuoso Layout Suite GXL, Virtuoso

Schematic Editor L, Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation, Virtuoso Spectre

Circuit Simulator and Virtuoso Spectre® RF.

“Consumer electronics devices are becoming more and more complex, and we’re

facing challenges to improve our design productivity and reliability,” said

Fumiaki Kadowaki, manager, CAD Engineering Section, Imaging System LSI

Development Center, Electronic Devices Company, Ricoh. “We have been

collaborating with Cadence to establish a holistic analog IC design flow

based on the Virtuoso custom IC design platform. We have seen significant

productivity improvements with our most complex larger designs, which has

enabled us to spend more time on design verification, leading to greater


“Ricoh has achieved key productivity goals by consolidating its analog

design flow to the Cadence Virtuoso platform that provides an integrated

solution for custom IC development,” said Srinivas K. Raman, corporate vice

president, Research and Development of Cadence. “It’s one of many companies

reaping the benefits of the holistic approach Cadence takes in helping its

customers solve their toughest IC design, verification, and implementation


Separately, Cadence also announced that Ricoh has selected Cadence as its

primary supplier for digital IC design.

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. Cadence reported

2007 revenues of approximately $1.6 billion, and has approximately 5,100

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

Cadence, Virtuoso and Spectre are registered trademarks and the Cadence

logo is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States

and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their

respective owners.

For more information, please contact:
Dean Solov
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

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