SAN JOSE -- Believing that the Internet will provide a majorgrowth catalyst for the entire electronic design automation industry, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has formed a strategic initiative, iCadence, for bringing the power of the Internet to electronic design.
The goal of the Initiative is to create
supply chain portals for the electronics Industry,
host Internet-enabled electronic Design Environments
(iDE), and develop an e-services model that provides
complete design environments via the Internet as a
DESP (Design Environment Service Provider).
"We see great opportunities to significantly improve
our customers' time-to-market, create greater
efficiencies for them with new business models, and
grow the entire industry," said Ray Bingham, president
and CEO of Cadence Design Systems. "The Internet will become part of the
DNA of Cadence."
The driving force behind the iCadence initiative will
be the newly-formed iDesign Environment Group (iDEG), to be led by Adriaan
Ligtenberg, senior vice president of the iDEG. Ligtenberg has extensive background in integrated
circuit (IC) design and software development and co-founded two internet
businesses: Speedport, a European Internet Service Provider (ISP),
and Frescher.com, a real-time search engine.
Among the first components of the new Web-based
electronic design infrastructure are the Cadence
Internet Engineer, Cadence Internet Learning Series,
and SPECCTRA.com and Pspice.com Cadence Internet User
Communities. With these new e-services, Cadence says
it will enable users to reduce cycle times by 30% or
Introduced in September 1999, the Cadence Internet Engineer provides a web-based environment for workflow/project management, collaboration, component
information management, and enterprise integration for
the design of printed circuit board systems. The company plans to extend this approach into its IC
design environments, with the first delivery of internet-enabled capabilities slated for the second
half of 2000.
The Cadence Internet Learning series is an interactive, online
training environment, which includes interactive quizzes, innovative
animation sequences, and audio clips on specific topics. An online chat room enables online students
confer on various issues. And the Cadence Internet User Communities, introduced last week, are specialized sites which contain educational forums, chat groups, application notes, and "ask the
In the second half of 2000, Cadence
plans to launch additional user-focused internet
communities for a variety of design solutions.