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Cadence Extends Digital Design Leadership with ML-based Cerebrus Chip Explorer 

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 22, 2021 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) today announced the delivery of the Cadence Cerebrus Intelligent Chip Explorer, a new machine learning (ML)-based tool that automates and scales digital chip design, enabling customers to efficiently achieve demanding chip design goals. The combination of Cerebrus and the Cadence RTL-to-signoff flow offers advanced chip designers, CAD teams and IP developers the ability to improve engineering productivity by up to 10X versus a manual approach while also realizing up to a 20% better power, performance and area (PPA).

With the addition of Cerebrus to the broader digital product portfolio, Cadence offers an advanced ML-enabled digital full flow, from synthesis through implementation and signoff.​ The new tool is cloud enabled and utilizes highly scalable compute resources from leading cloud providers to rapidly meet design requirements across a wide range of markets including consumer, hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive and mobile. For more information on Cerebrus, please visit www.cadence.com/go/cerebruspr.

Cerebrus provides customers with the following benefits:

  • Reinforcement ML: Quickly finds flow solutions human engineers might not naturally try or explore, improving PPA and productivity.
  • ML model reuse: Allows design learnings to be automatically applied to future designs, reducing the time to better results.
  • Improved productivity: Lets a single engineer optimize the complete RTL-to-GDS flow automatically for many blocks concurrently, allowing full design teams to be more productive.
  • Massively distributed computing: Provides scalable on-premises or cloud-based design exploration for faster flow optimization.
  • Easy-to-use interface: Powerful user cockpit allows interactive results analytics and run management to gain valuable insights into design metrics.

“Previously, design teams didn’t have an automated way to reuse historical design knowledge, leading to excess time spent on manual re-learning with each new project and lost margins,” said Dr. Chin-Chi Teng, senior vice president and general manager in the Digital & Signoff Group at Cadence. “The delivery of Cerebrus marks an EDA industry revolution with ML-driven digital chip design where engineering teams have a greater opportunity to provide higher impact in their organizations because they can offload manual processes. As the industry continues to move to advanced nodes and design size and complexity increase, Cerebrus lets designers achieve PPA goals much more efficiently.”

Cerebrus is part of the broader Cadence digital full flow, working seamlessly with the Genus Synthesis Solution, Innovus Implementation System, Tempus Timing Signoff Solution, Joules RTL Power Solution, Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution and Pegasus Verification System to provide customers with a fast path to design closure and better predictability. The new tool and the broader flow support the company’s Intelligent System Design strategy, which enables pervasive intelligence for design excellence.

About Cadence

Cadence is a pivotal leader in electronic design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to systems for the most dynamic market applications, including consumer, hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, aerospace, industrial and healthcare. For seven years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more at cadence.com.


Source: Cadence

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