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  May 2010 Issue

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Welcome to the May issue of eEuronews!

CDNLive! EMEA was a great success. More than 550 participants from more than 130 companies and universities attended the conference.

During the keynotes, our customers had the opportunity to hear about our new EDA360 vision and the newly launched Open Integration Platform. This year's guest speakers were Subramani Kengeri, Vice President Design Solutions, Globalfoundries, and Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Professor UC Berkeley and Co-Founder of Cadence. If you did not have the time to attend the keynotes you can listen to them here.

We have received lots of positive feedback from our customers. You can listen to some of the feedback here and get an impression of this year's event.

As always, the networking opportunities at the conference are a very important factor of the event and attendees appreciated having a forum to learn how others approach technology issues and to get new ideas for their work.

As every year, we want to acknowledge all the speakers that took their time to prepare and deliver excellent presentations. Attendees were encouraged to vote for the best papers in each major design category. Congratulations to the winners listed here. Presentations from the conference will be available on the CDNLive! web site in the coming days.

This is only a snapshot of all the activities that took place over the three days. It was a very exciting event so I encourage you to watch the videos to get your own impression.

Best regards
Wolfgang Stronski
EMEA Marketing Director

p.s. the next CDNLive! in our region will take place in Israel on October 18th.

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Functional Verification

Cadence Contributes Technology to Boost Verification of Complex Mixed-Signal Chip

Cadence has contributed to the Accellera standards organization new technology that can help engineers conduct faster and more thorough functional verification on complex mixed-signal SoCs. Cadence® donated a set of extensions to the wreal feature of the Verilog-AMS real numbered modeling capability. These Cadence extensions are designed to improve accuracy and offer better plug-and-play with analog models. Wreal enables engineers to conduct functional verification on these SoCs at digital speed. Faster and deeper verification can translate to fewer re-spins and faster time to market.


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Cadence Debuts Verification Computing Platform, Accelerating Time and Improving Quality of System Development

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Signoff-Driven Implementation = Consistent and Convergent = Predictable and Efficient
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Manufacturability signoff

Automatic Elimination of Lithography Hotspots Using 2D Pattern Detection and Correction

Read this AMD presentation from CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2009.

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