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Cadence DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem Connects Manufacturers with Customers to Ensure PCB Design Manufacturability Early in the Design Process

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Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS) today announced that it has
launched a broad ecosystem with nine initial printed circuit board (PCB)
manufacturing partners to enable customers to easily get the partners'
technology files they need to ensure PCB design manufacturability early
in the design process. This reduces rework, shortens design cycles, and
accelerates new product introduction. Customers have received savings
from half to two-thirds fewer technical queries (TQs) from manufacturers
when they've used the Cadence® DesignTrue DFM (design for
manufacturability) technology due to using tailor-made spacing, annular
ring, copper features and mask rules to assure they are designing the
board correctly the first time.

Cadence DesignTrue DFM functionality flags manufacturing rule violations
in real time during the PCB layout process with both the Allegro®
and OrCAD® design tools. All other PCB design tools demand
designers wait until the design is complete to do DFM signoff on
manufacturing outputs, which often requires significant rework and
schedule delays.

Nine PCB manufacturers have already become Cadence DesignTrue partners,
allowing them to distribute their manufacturing rules to Cadence
customers. These include Bay Area Circuits, CircuitHub, Mass Design,
Multek, OSH Park, Rocket EMS, Sierra Circuits, Tempo Automation and
Würth Elektronik.

For more information on the new Cadence DesignTrue DFM ecosystem, visit www.cadence.com/go/designtrueportals.

"Our goal is to improve PCB designer productivity, and this large
ecosystem and new web portals allow our customers to significantly
shorten their design cycles with the industry's first real-time
in-design DFM checking," said Steve Durrill, senior product engineering
group director at Cadence. "Instead of manually adding the rules to
their PCB design environment, now they can quickly download the
appropriate file and update as required."

By creating new web portals, Cadence is ensuring that customers can
access the latest DFM rules from the PCB manufacturers at the start of
their design process. Customers can view participating manufacturers and
request DesignTrue DFM technology files directly, eliminating the
lengthy and error-prone manual entry of hundreds of rules. DFM rules are
checked in real time as part of the PCB layout process, reducing the
amount of DFM errors found in the manufacturing output. These checks
prevent crucial manufacturing errors and limit iterations required to
fix such errors. Partners can use the vendor portal, https://pcb.cadence.com/dfm_vendor,
to easily distribute rules that match their post-process DFM checks.
Cadence users can take advantage of the customer portal, https://pcb.cadence.com/dfm_customer,
to request and receive the rules they need from the manufacturers.

"The Cadence DesignTrue DFM partner program allows us to easily share
our PCB manufacturing rules to Cadence customers," said Dana Korf,
senior director Central Manufacturing Engineering and NPI, Multek. "This
ensures our customers are designing to our most up-to-date manufacturing
constraints, greatly reducing the number of iterations to address DFM
errors that we normally see in the PCB signoff process. This will help
our customers get their designs done faster, accelerating new product
introduction."

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
Companies to Work For. Learn more at www.cadence.com.

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