AUSTIN, Texas Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has closed a multi-year deal with Cadence Design Systems Inc. that is reportedly worth as much as $120 million but could sharply cut EDA costs for Freescale, sources said.
While the deal does not tie Freescale exclusively to Cadence tools, sources attending the International Test Conference here Thursday (Nov. 10) said the deal would involve Cadence tools through the entire design-to-test flow.
A Freescale spokesman said “We have nothing to report at this time,” declining further comment. Cadence also declined to comment.
However, independent analyst Erach Desai, who closely tracks the design automation industry, said Cadence “did land a ‘single vendor flow’ win at Freescale. Clearly, a good win versus Synopsys and Magma.”
Desai said sources within Cadence told him that the deal with Freescale will bring Cadence $35 million to $40 million per year over the three-year term of the agreement.
While engineers at the test conference focused on an end-to-end tool flow, Freescale’s senior design manager was in California talking about an open-ended approach. At an OpenAccess Conference on Thursday, Chekib Akrout, vice president of design technology at Freescale, expressed strong support for the OpenAccess standard.
By basing tools on the OpenAccess data model, design teams could incorporate multiple tools into a design flow, retaining the flexibility needed to use “best of breed” tools from multiple vendors, Akrout said.
OpenAccess includes an application program interface (API) and reference database implementation. The OpenAccess Coalition includes more than 30 companies. One possibility is that Freescale and Cadence are working to implement a flow that would support the OpenAccess plug-and-play approach, while creating a close business relationship with favorable tool pricing for Freescale.