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Cadence Introduces Next-Generation Palladium Z2 and Protium X2 Systems, Revolutionizing Pre-Silicon Hardware Error Correction and Software Verification Speed

Shanghai, China, April 6, 2021 – Cadence Electronics (Cadence, Inc., NASDAQ: CDNS) today released the Cadence® Palladium® Z2 Enterprise Emulation enterprise emulation acceleration system and Protium™ X2 Enterprise Prototyping enterprise prototyping system. Addresses exponentially increasing system design complexity and time-to-market pressures. Based on Cadence’s original Pallaidum Z1 and Protium X1 products, the next-generation system provides the best pre-silicon hardware error correction efficiency and highest software debug throughput for current multi-billion-gate SoC designs. This dual system seamlessly integrates the unified compiler and peripheral interface, which is called the dynamic duo. Based on the next-generation emulation core processor and Xilinx UltraScale+ VU19P FPGA, the new-generation system will bring customers a 2x increase in capacity and a 1.5x increase in performance, and complete more iterations for large-scale chip verification in less time. In addition, the modular compilation technology is also applied in two systems, so that the 10 billion gate SoC compilation can be completed in 10 hours on the Palladium Z2 system, and the Protium X2 system can be completed in less than 24 hours.

“Every upgrade we make to high-end graphics and hyperscale designs means increased complexity and tighter time-to-market,” said Narendra Konda, senior director of hardware engineering at NVIDIA. Common front-end flow, we can optimize workload distribution for functional verification, functional validation, and pre-silicon software initiation. Thanks to 2x more usable capacity, 50% higher throughput, and faster modules By simplifying the compile cycle, we can complete full verification of the most complex GPU and SoC designs on time.”

The Palladium Z2/Protium X2 dynamic duo combination is used to address the challenges of designing the most advanced applications in mobile, consumer electronics and hyperscale computing. Based on a seamlessly integrated process, unified error correction, common virtual and physical interfaces, and cross-system testbench content, this dynamic dual-sword combination enables rapid design migration and testing from hardware emulation to prototyping.

“One of the important results of AMD’s success is to accelerate the chip development process and optimize AMD’s left-shift strategy,” said Alex Star, AMD Global Academician and Methodology Architect. The throughput of pre-silicon workloads can be increased on the basis of ensuring functional consistency between emulation and prototyping. The ability to quickly start up and switch between Palladium Z2 emulation and Protium X2 prototyping in a short time is the most important factor in development. Challenging SoC designs provide us the opportunity to optimize our own shift-left strategy. By using qualified servers with industry-leading 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors and Palladium Z2 and Protium X2 platforms, customers will be able to Bringing industry-leading performance computing to the Palladium and Protium ecosystem.”

“Pre-silicon verification of advanced SoC designs requires a multi-billion-gate solution that simultaneously delivers the highest performance with fast and predictable error correction.” Cadence Senior Vice President and President of the Systems and Verification Group Manager Paul Cunningham said, “Our new dynamic duo combination meets these requirements with two tightly integrated systems, including the Palladium Z2 emulation acceleration system optimized for fast and predictable hardware error correction, and the 100 million software verification optimized Protium X2 prototyping system. We are encouraged by the strong demand expressed by customers. Cadence will continue to work with customers to achieve the highest design verification throughput with the new system.”

“The industry’s best emulators have been key to our success, and Arm has been using emulation accelerators and emulation tools extensively on Arm-based servers to achieve the highest overall verification throughput.” Tran, Senior Director, Design Services, Arm “With the new Cadence Palladium Z2 system, we have achieved over 50% performance improvement and 2x capacity increase on the latest design, giving us the powerful pre-silicon needed to validate next-generation IP and products,” said Nguyen. Verification capabilities.”

“Xilinx worked closely with Cadence to ensure that Cadence’s software front-end works seamlessly with the Xilinx Vivado Design Suite on the back-end,” said Hanneke Krekels, senior director of key applications markets at Xilinx. “The FPGA-based Cadence Protium X2 prototyping platform Enables users of our Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P device to achieve multi-MHz performance on billion-gate designs. Tight integration of Cadence and Xilinx front-to-back-end workflows allows software engineers to use these platforms from the earliest stages of development, saving valuable time Design verification and software development, rather than time-consuming prototyping initiation.”

The entire Cadence verification flow includes the Palladium Z2 hardware emulation acceleration system, the Protium X2 prototyping system, the Xcelium™ Logic Simulation logic simulator, the JasperGold® Formal Verification Platform formal verification platform, and the Cadence intelligent verification application suite, which can provide the most cost-effective verification throughput Rate. The new Palladium Z2 and Protium X2 systems are part of the Cadence Verification Suite and support the company’s Intelligent System Design™ strategy for SoC design excellence. Palladium Z2 and Protium X2 systems are currently successfully deployed in some customers and will be widely available to the industry in the second quarter of 2021.

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