Cadence Design Systems
Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation,
announced today that Netronome, a leading supplier of highly programmable semiconductor
products used for intelligent flow processing in network and communications
devices, has adopted and deployed a full range of Cadence® products to design,
verify and implement its complex network flow processor.
"We use Cadence solutions almost exclusively because they enable us to
design and produce our products with the highest levels of technical correctness
and performance," said Jim Finnegan, senior vice president of silicon engineering
at Netronome. "Our product is very complex -- a 65-nanometer geometry with
40 cores running at 1.4GHz -- and the Cadence technology was important to our
success, especially the full-chip emulation capability of the Palladium System.
Our next-generation silicon, already under design, will take advantage of the
next, smaller geometry manufacturing processes, and the ability of the Cadence
products to comprehend the effects of the smaller geometries will be even more
Netronome's solutions include tightly integrated network flow processors and
acceleration cards that scale to more than 20Gbps per second. They are used
in carrier-grade and enterprise-class communications products, as well as virtualized
servers and appliances that require deep packet inspection, flow analysis and
content processing, all at very high speeds for millions of simultaneous flows.
For the NFP-32xx, Netronome used a broad array of Cadence solutions and methodologies,
including technology for custom IC design, digital design, logic, place and
route, verification and services. The company said the suite of Cadence products
deployed -- from the Virtuoso®, Encounter® and Incisive® product
groups -- delivered the quality, testability, visibility and coverage it needed
to tape out with confidence. Netronome pointed to the Incisive® Palladium®
emulation system, in particular, as valuable for enabling engineers to thoroughly
and efficiently test the quality of their design, including using real-world
software to prove compatibility. In addition, Netronome cited as essential to
its success the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) and broad verification IP
portfolio (VIP) in conjunction with the expertise provided by Cadence Services.
"Netronome is engaged in cutting-edge chip design and recognized early
on the benefits, in quality and efficiencies, it could receive by relying on
Cadence for the full range of design, verification and implementation technology,"
said Ziv Binyamini, corporate vice president of Front End Solutions at Cadence.
"We look forward to working with the Netronome team in the future as smaller
geometries bring greater design challenges."