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 AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc.,

(NYSE: CDN), IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) and Motorola, Inc., (NYSE: MOT) today announced plans to develop tools for the design of systems based on Motorola and IBM's PowerPC microprocessor family. Motorola and IBM will develop a range of design kits that will be verified by Cadence to work with its electronic design automation (EDA) technology. These design kits substantially improve time-to-market by three to 12 months for developing complete PowerPC systems.
 "Cadence's tools have been used extensively in the development of the PowerPC microprocessors and the company's engineers understand the issues involved in system design, such as design data management and the effects of high-speed design," said Phil Pompa, director of marketing for Motorola's RISC microprocessor division. "Cadence users will benefit from a Cadence-verified design flow and the training they need to improve their productivity and speed their time-to-market."
 Engineers from the three companies will work together to incorporate critical component information for Motorola and IBM's chips into complete design tool flows comprised of Cadence's EDA technology. The component information will be available from IBM and Motorola and will be compatible with Cadence's tools for design composition, logic simulation, timing analysis, printed circuit board layout, thermal analysis and crosstalk analysis. The IBM- and Motorola-supplied data will be verified by Cadence to ensure that the software representations of the components, which function equivalently to their actual silicon counterparts, will work with Cadence design tools.
 There are plans to conduct joint training workshops aimed at product developers who want to use the PowerPC architecture as the foundation for their system. These design teams will be instructed on how to design PowerPC systems using design examples executing in a Cadence environment.
 "It is absolutely critical to tightly tie design automation tools with actual silicon for the purpose of this type of advanced systems design," said Bob Wiederhold, vice president of marketing for Cadence's System Design Group. "Cadence, IBM and Motorola have established a new model for the way in which systems designers should be supported, with both technology and with training."
 "PowerPC systems will be comprised of very high speed designs, necessitating a new level of cooperation between silicon vendors and EDA tool vendors," said Lucian Bifano, director of AWS, OEM and Technology Licensing, IBM. "PowerPC tool kits will help provide quick time to market and a simple path for PowerPC adopters to develop compatible systems."
 The PowerPC Reference Platform
 In addition to the availability of design data for the PowerPC itself, designers can use the PowerPC Reference Platform, recently announced by IBM to verify the functionality of their designs. The PowerPC Reference Platform defines an architecture composed of technical concepts, definitions, functional specifications and interfaces. IBM's implementations of the specification were designed using Cadence's board- level EDA solution. These specifications are designed to take advantage of the inherent power and openness of PowerPC microprocessors.
 Major 32-bit operating systems that are being ported to the PowerPC Reference Platform include AIX, Solaris, Taligent, Windows NT and WorkPlace OS. Through these operating systems and their compatible technologies, the PowerPC Reference Platform will support AIX, OS/2, Taligent, UNIX, Win32 and Windows applications. In the future, under PowerOpen, the PowerPC Reference Platform will offer Macintosh applications support.
 "Cadence's EDA technology is the leading tool set for doing PowerPC design," noted Pompa. "Cadence's tools were used in the development of the PowerPC itself and the PowerPC Reference Platform boards. In addition, a large percentage of PC systems designers use Cadence and will benefit from this design expertise."
 A Range of Options for Systems Designers
 The design data will be offered in three varieties of information kits, each optimized for the specific needs of designers:
 A "component" kit provides a complete set of design data for an individual device, including a simulation model, a schematic symbol, a physical footprint for PCB layout and models for thermal analysis and signal integrity analysis. This level of support is aimed at designers building PowerPC systems from scratch.
 A "system" design kit is geared for designers who wish to leverage an existing PowerPC design. Bundled with the "component" kit described above, it includes all the electronic design data used to complete a PowerPC Reference Platform-compliant printed circuit board. The kit includes schematics and printed circuit board layouts, and an evaluation board.
 IBM also plans to make available a "customized manufacturing" kit designed for product developers who simply want to take an existing PowerPC Reference Platform design straight to manufacturing. It will offer a schematic, bill of materials and board build information.
 The 603 component kit which includes schematic symbol, full- functional simulation model, footprint, and signal integrity model, will be available from Motorola in the first quarter of 1994. The 601 and 603 system design kits, which include schematics and printed circuit board layouts, will be available from IBM in the first half of 1994. The kits are available on IBM's RISC System/6000(TM) and Sun Microsystems' SUN 4 platforms. Support for future versions of PowerPC is intended and will be announced at a later date.
 Having 1992 worldwide sales exceeding $4.4 billion, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector is the largest U.S.-based broad line supplier of semiconductors, with a balanced portfolio of more than 50,000 devices. Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems, components and services for global markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers and telepoint systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronic equipment, computers, data communications, and information processing and handling equipment.
 One of the 10 largest software companies in the world, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the development and marketing of design automation software and services that accelerate and advance the process of designing electronic systems. Cadence combines leading-edge technology with a complementary set of services that enable customers to improve the quality and time-to-market performance of innovative electronic products. Cadence is based in San Jose, Calif., and employs more than 2,400 people in more than 60 R&D, sales and support locations worldwide. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN.
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 /CONTACT: Dean Mosley of Motorola, 512-891-2839; Anne Nason or Kelly Morris of Cunningham Communication, 617-494-8202, for Motorola; Mike Sottak of Cadence Design Systems, 408-428-5036; Steve Malkiewicz of IBM, 914-642-5449/

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