X-FAB Collaborates with Cadence to Accelerate Analog and Mixed-Signal Designs

Erfurt, Germany, 3月 7, 2005.

X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG, one of the world's leading independent analog mixed-signal semiconductor foundries, today announced a collaborative agreement with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN; Nasdaq: CDN). X-FAB will work closely with Cadence to build and deliver comprehensive design kits for analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) targeting mainstream and advanced process technologies.

"The proliferation of consumer electronics, including wireless technology, has driven an increase in mixed-signal content within complex system-on-chips (SoCs)," said Jan Willis, Senior Vice President, Industry Alliances, at Cadence.  "To address this increased complexity, design chain collaboration is critical to produce silicon-validated reference flows and process design kits (PDKs) that ease the challenges designers are facing. The combination of jointly developed PDKs with X-FAB and our proven analog and mixed-signal solutions enables mixed-signal chip designers to integrate more functionality onto a single chip."

"The strategic alliance between Cadence and X-FAB helps us provide mixed-signal design kits targeted to the challenging needs of this growing market segment," said Hans-Juergen Straub, CEO of X-FAB Group. "This alliance enables engineers using the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform to have a smooth and efficient path from design through physical implementation. Our customers will benefit with faster time to market with lower risk and shorter design cycle times."

Fully qualified mixed-signal design kits, including physical verification runsets for Cadence’s mixed-signal design flow, are offered through X-FAB’s online service, X-TIC. PDKs from X-FAB are available for all offered technologies from 1.0 micron down to 0.35 micron, with voltage ranges from 1.0 V up to 650 V on CMOS and BiCMOS processes. Each process family has add-on modules which offer an incredible variety of process combinations.

High-performance process modules, well-defined primitive devices, and accurate device models are critical to the success of analog and mixed-signal designs.  X-FAB, with more than 36 years of experience in silicon manufacturing, offers CMOS and BiCMOS mixed-signal semiconductor technologies at three different locations. The company offers high-quality, high-performance process technologies, excellent technical support and fast, easy and flexible access to manufacturing capabilities.

More information about X-FAB and its collaboration with Cadence can be found at: http://www.cadence.com/Alliances/foundry_program/pages/default.aspx