SAN JOSE -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. and IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division today announced a broad agreement, including a move to simplify the chip design process at the 90-nm node.
Under the first agreement, IBM will extend its use of Cadence's electronic design automation (EDA) software tools in its design of ICs. Cadence will also acquire intellectual property associated with select IBM in-house EDA test tools for incorporation into the Cadence product family.
The two companies plan to collaborate on future EDA technology to address growing chip design challenges as circuit sizes continue to shrink to 90-nm and smaller nodes.
These agreements follow an announcement last month in which the two companies outlined plans to help customers enhance new chip designs by providing a complementary set of intellectual property (IP), design skills and advanced manufacturing services.
IBM's relationship with Cadence is part of a strategy to make chip-making technology more readily available to customers through its foundry and custom ASIC design services.