Cadence Test and Formal Verification Technology Speed Time to Market for Matrox

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jul 05, 2006 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that Matrox Graphics Inc. has committed its test insertion flow to Cadence Encounter® Test Architect design for test (DFT), Encounter True-Time Test automatic test pattern generation (ATPG), and Encounter Conformal® equivalence checker technologies.

Cadence Encounter Test and Encounter Conformal Equivalence Checker are part of the Cadence Encounter digital IC design and implementation platform. Respectively, they deliver advanced test solutions from RTL to silicon and check the functional equivalence of different versions of a design at various critical stages to help designers quickly identify and correct errors.

Over the last 30 years, Matrox has taken its place as a leader and innovator in today's hottest technologies designing software and hardware solutions for graphics, video editing, image processing, and new business media.

"As a strategic partner, Cadence provides Matrox a state-of-the-art and easy-to-adopt test methodology that translates directly to a competitive advantage through higher product quality and lower test cost, while Encounter Conformal technology has consistently delivered efficient and comprehensive verification from RTL to final netlist, helping speed time to market," said David Chiappini, ASIC Projects Manager at Matrox.

Matrox uses Encounter Test Architect to minimize its cost of test. Matrox employs Encounter True-Time's timing-aware delay test to detect small delay defects, commonly missed by conventional delay testing approaches that do not take design timing into account.

Encounter Conformal helped Matrox verify the functional equivalence of various netlists throughout the implementation process. Encounter Conformal also performs clock domain crossings for correct synchronization and, with equivalence checking, creates a complete verification solution to help minimize design re-spin risk. With thousands of tapeouts, Encounter Conformal technology is the industry's most widely supported equivalence checking solution.

"Matrox has been an innovator in its marketplace for many years. Its adoption and proliferation of the Encounter platform's highly differentiated test and formal verification technologies is an endorsement of our strong market momentum," said Sanjiv Taneja, vice president of R&D for Encounter Test at Cadence. "Encounter digital IC design technologies such as, Encounter Test, Encounter Conformal technology, and Encounter RTL Compiler global synthesis technology, are routinely used by companies worldwide to create smaller, faster, better quality designs to meet customer requirements."

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Cadence enables global electronic-design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics systems. Customers use Cadence software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, printed-circuit boards and systems used in consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2005 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, and has approximately 5,000 employees. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at

About Matrox Graphics Inc.

Matrox Graphics Inc. is the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals and has been delivering high-quality, innovative 2D/3D and video graphics accelerators for more than a quarter century. Creator of the multi-display phenomenon, Matrox combines its proven graphics chip designs, reliable software development and dependable card manufacturing expertise to produce products that are reputed worldwide for their superior image quality, practical ingenuity and unwavering stability. Matrox Graphics designs and supports graphics solutions optimized for utility, empowering professionals to see more and do more. A privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Matrox has international offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong. For more information, visit

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