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Cadence Selected for DARPA ERI Machine Learning Contract to Accelerate Electronic Design Innovation


Cadence MAGESTIC program includes machine learning experts at
Carnegie Mellon University and NVIDIA to drive development of
intelligent chip, package and board design flows

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS) today announced that it was
selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to
support the Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA) program, one
of six new programs within DARPA's Electronics Resurgence Initiative
(ERI) to use advanced machine learning techniques to develop a unified
platform for a fully integrated, intelligent design flow for systems on
chip (SoCs), systems in package (SiPs) and printed circuit boards
(PCBs). The ERI investments are the next steps in creating a more
automated electronics design capability that will benefit the
aerospace/defense ecosystem and the electronic industry's commercial

To fulfill the program charter over the four-year term of the contract,
Cadence created the Machine learning-driven Automatic Generation of
Electronic Systems Through Intelligent Collaboration (MAGESTIC) research
and development program. This program will create a foundation for
system design enablement by introducing greater autonomy within the
design process and developing truly design-intent-driven products. The
Cadence-led team includes Carnegie Mellon University and NVIDIA, two of
the most renowned machine learning leaders in the world. More
information on the Cadence® MAGESTIC program can be found at

"We've been leading the industry in the development, deployment and
support of electronic design flows that use machine learning, analytics
and optimization technologies. This program will accelerate our roadmap
toward realizing intelligent design flows for the next big leap in
design productivity," stated Dr. Anirudh Devgan, president of Cadence.
"This program will set the stage for enhancing the entire span of our
analog, digital, verification, package and PCB EDA technologies,
providing our customers with the most advanced system design enablement

The DARPA ERI programs address impending engineering and economics
challenges that, if left unanswered, could challenge what has been a
relentless half-century run of progress in microelectronics technology.
It is now clear that the design work and fabrication required to keep
pace in microelectronics is becoming increasingly difficult and
expensive. The MAGESTIC program aims to address:

  • Advancing the state of the art in machine learning to develop
    algorithms that optimize performance
  • Extending support for advanced CMOS process nodes including 7nm and
    below, as well as larger process nodes
  • Automating the routing and tuning of devices to improve reliability,
    circuit performance, and resilience
  • Demonstrating improved power, performance and area (PPA) utilizing
    machine learning, analytics, and optimization
  • Staging the introductions of the technology, allowing the system to
    learn from the users and allowing users to gain an understanding of
    how to best leverage the tools to achieve desired results.

The program also will extend Cadence's work in employing cloud-based
design systems to handle large-scale distributed processing to speed
design efforts.

About Cadence

Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create
the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live,
work and play. Cadence software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used
by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company's System
Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated
products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud
datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market
segments. Cadence is listed as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best
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