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Cadence Selected for DARPA ERI Machine Learning Contract to Accelerate Electronic Design Innovation


Cadence MAGESTIC program includes machine learning experts at Carnegie Mellon University and NVIDIA to drive development of intelligent chip, package and board design flows

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 24, 2018 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that it was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA) program, one of six new programs within DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to use advanced machine learning techniques to develop a unified platform for a fully integrated, intelligent design flow for systems on chip (SoCs), systems in package (SiPs) and printed circuit boards (PCBs). The ERI investments are the next steps in creating a more automated electronics design capability that will benefit the aerospace/defense ecosystem and the electronic industry’s commercial needs.

To fulfill the program charter over the four-year term of the contract, Cadence created the Machine learning-driven Automatic Generation of Electronic Systems Through Intelligent Collaboration (MAGESTIC) research and development program. This program will create a foundation for system design enablement by introducing greater autonomy within the design process and developing truly design-intent-driven products. The Cadence-led team includes Carnegie Mellon University and NVIDIA, two of the most renowned machine learning leaders in the world. More information on the Cadence® MAGESTIC program can be found at www.cadence.com/go/ml.

“We’ve been leading the industry in the development, deployment and support of electronic design flows that use machine learning, analytics and optimization technologies. This program will accelerate our roadmap toward realizing intelligent design flows for the next big leap in design productivity,” stated Dr. Anirudh Devgan, president of Cadence. “This program will set the stage for enhancing the entire span of our analog, digital, verification, package and PCB EDA technologies, providing our customers with the most advanced system design enablement solutions.”

The DARPA ERI programs address impending engineering and economics challenges that, if left unanswered, could challenge what has been a relentless half-century run of progress in microelectronics technology. It is now clear that the design work and fabrication required to keep pace in microelectronics is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive. The MAGESTIC program aims to address:

The program also will extend Cadence’s work in employing cloud-based design systems to handle large-scale distributed processing to speed design efforts.

About Cadence

Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live, work and play. Cadence® software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s System Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market segments. Cadence is listed as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more at www.cadence.com.

Cadence Selected for DARPA ERI Machine Learning Contract to Accelerate Electronic Design Innovation

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