Munich, Germany--March 16, 1998--Cadence Design Systems GmbH announced it has joined a consortium of leading European electronics companies to develop an advanced methodology for wireless system architecture and RF design. Cadence joins a group of companies and technical universities enlisted by the German government to participate in the "RF Front End" project, a three-year program intended to address common wireless design challenges prior to pan-European adoption of the UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service) standard. Cadence joins cellular phone giant, Nokia, and semiconductor companies, TEMIC and Thesys, in the effort to create design methods required to solve the vexing problem of integrating RF ICs, a key component of wireless systems, into the main product development stream.
In most wireless projects today, the RF circuits are designed separately and on different time schedules, from other parts of the wireless system. That makes it difficult to perform system-wide tradeoff analysis and partitioning and introduces the possibility that the RF and so-called "baseband" electronics may not work correctly together after all the chips are fabricated--a critical risk in short market cycle products such as cellular handsets.
The objective of the project is to develop a streamlined, "system architecture through RF IC implementation" design flow for wireless applications. As a development vehicle, the project is targeting the UMTS architecture, a new pan-European wireless standard. A central component of the methodology will be the development of Cadence simulation technology targeted at wireless design. In addition, Cadence will supply its Alta SPW product, Analog Artist design system, Spectre circuit simulator, and other EDA software to the project.
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