This strategic alliance builds upon the broad-ranging collaboration that National Instruments (NI) and Cadence initiated in 2018 to improve the overall semiconductor development and testing of next-generation wireless, automotive and mobile integrated circuits (ICs) and modules.
The objective is to create a seamless flow from pre-silicon development to post-silicon test, leveraging design, verification and analysis data between Cadence and NI technologies. The collaboration is anchored in analog, mixed-signal and RF integrations around the Cadence Virtuoso and Spectre platforms, and physical data from the NI LabVIEW and PXI modular instrumentation systems, which manufacturers can use to enhance system design via a comprehensive flow from concept to volume production to help them achieve faster time to market and lower overall costs.
“The rapid product expansion in the wireless, consumer, automotive, and aerospace and defense market segments calls for an accelerated pace of system innovation and collaboration,” says Lip Bu Tan, chief executive officer at Cadence. “By working even more closely with NI on this strategic alliance, we aim to deliver an integrated flow from pre-silicon mixed-signal design and verification to post-silicon validation and test, shortening the overall time to electronic product creation.”
Cadence and NI also plan to collaborate to define and build a common, connected flow enabling re-use of mixed-signal test benches and stimulus from pre-silicon design verification to post-silicon validation and production test. Reusable test IP helps customers accelerate their time to market and reduce errors. A goal of the collaboration is to better integrate flows for analog/mixed-signal and RF ICs and modules from design to test.
“Cadence is the ideal partner for National Instruments as we work together to define the next generation of design to test methodology,” says Alex Davern, chief executive officer at National Instruments. “By combining NI’s advanced semiconductor validation and test systems with Cadence’s industry-leading technology in analog mixed-signal and RF design and verification, we can help our customers accelerate time to market, reduce costs and improve product quality. We look forward to working with Cadence to make this vision a reality in a fast-paced environment.”
In addition to the strategic alliance agreement, Cadence and NI have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cadence expects to acquire AWR Corporation (Applied Wave Research), a wholly owned subsidiary of NI, acquired in 2011 and a former Cadence competitor.
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