SAN JOSE, Calif., and PORTLAND, Ore., - November 20, 2000 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN), the world's leading supplier of electronic design products and services, and Transim Technology, a privately-held company that delivers Internet-based evaluation tools to accelerate electronics product design, have signed a cross-licensing agreement in which the industry's leading PSpice® analog/mixed-signal simulator from Cadence® will be integrated as a simulation engine inside of Transim's WebSIM® Internet-based services. Under the agreement, Transim will set up a web-enabled PSpice-ready Web site for Cadence using Transim's WebSIM Internet-based evaluation software. The PSpice-ready site will reside at www.pspice.com, a Cadence community site.
"By using Transim's WebSIM product, engineers can quickly evaluate the PSpice simulator by experimenting with semiconductor partner components online," said Kishore Karnane, product marketing manager for Cadence PCB Systems Division.
"Analog and mixed-signal designers will be able to visit the site, simulate some pre-defined sample circuits using our PSpice simulator, and verify the performance of the simulator and models by varying the component values, input stimuli, and output load conditions."
Transim will also use the PSpice simulator to expand its online evaluation capabilities to include new types of components and technology offered to IC manufacturers worldwide. "PSpice product's dominant market share and capabilities allow us to connect a lot more design engineers with analog IC vendors by using the many existing PSpice models in our online simulation environment," said Doug Johnson, vice president of marketing and sales for Transim Technology. "By providing PSpice software in a WebSIM environment, we are opening up a much wider channel for component verification and part selection."
This agreement has already yielded its first success as Fairchild Semiconductor has chosen to use Transim's WebSIM Services with Cadence's PSpice simulator.
"The Cadence and Transim agreement is really attractive to us," said John Bendel, director, DMOS Market Development, Fairchild Semiconductor International. "We are very excited about Transim's agreement with Cadence to support and integrate PSpice simulation engine into Transim's WebSIM product. This should greatly enhance WebSIM's capabilities and attractiveness for Fairchild customers. With PSpice simulator's popularity and the wide availability of models for it, we will be able to more quickly web-enable many of our analog and mixed-signal circuits. We know that our customers' analog and mixed-signal designers are going to really appreciate the online model selection capability."
Cadence PSpice Simulator
According to Cadence, PSpice product is the most popular analog and mixed-signal simulator on the market. PSpice simulator is used by engineers designing a variety of applications including radio frequency (R/F), signal processing, power supply, and general purpose circuits.
PSpice product provides a library of more than 14,000 models. The library contains models from a variety of component vendors as well as many complex models created using the Analog Behavioral Modeling (ABM) feature of the PSpice simulator. There are more than 2,000 digital and mixed-signal models, and approximately 12,000 analog models.
The PSpice-ready Web site, located at www.pspice.com is a community site that was launched in March and is used by thousands of analog and mixed-signal designers worldwide. The new IC vendor model selection simulation capability, available in December 2000, promises to be a very popular addition. Designers want to be able to test and validate PSpice simulator and its models quickly and the Internet facilitates this process.
Transim's WebSIM provides product vendors a fast and inexpensive means to offer virtual evaluation of components through simulation over the Internet. Customers are able to go to an analog IC vendor's Web site, select a part, and then experiment or evaluate it with a custom configured circuit, thus saving weeks of time waiting for samples and building test circuits.
Pricing and Availability
The Cadence PSpice Web site is slated to have the simulation option available worldwide by the end of December 2000. The initial models available will be a variety from component vendors and Cadence. Simulation for evaluation purposes with PSpice simulator will be available free of charge at www.pspice.com.
Fairchild Semiconductor offers online evaluation of components using WebSIM with PSpice simulator at www.fairchildsemi.com.
Transim is a privately-held company focused on delivering Internet-based prototyping tools to accelerate semiconductor product design.
Through virtual prototyping, Transim reduces the time spent in product investigation, selection, and qualification by up to 50 percent by providing easy customer access and use over the Internet. Transim specializes in areas such as analog and power electronics and other mixed-signal technologies used by Fortune 500 electronics companies. The company is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has design centers in Los Altos, Calif., and Boston, Mass. More information about the company, its products and services may be obtained from the World Wide Web at http://www.transim.com.
Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design automation products, methodology services, and design services used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics-based products. The Cadence PCB Systems Division, a worldwide PCB EDA market leader, addresses the entire range of design needs in the PCB market, with complete tool suites available on Windows, Windows NT, and UNIX platforms. With approximately 5,200 employees and 1999 annual revenue of $1.1 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities located around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the company, its products and services may be obtained from the World Wide Web at http://www.cadence.com.