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Monterey Selected by Canon for Hierarchical Physical Design Solution

System-Driven Physical Design Tools Implemented to Improve Turnaround Time (January 16, 2002)
Monterey Design Systems and Canon, Inc. today announced that Canon has purchased and has deployed the Monterey System-Driven Physical Design (SDPD) solution. Canon cited ease of adoption and use, and improvement in turnaround time, as the primary reasons for the selection of Monterey.

"For Canon, the choice of Monterey was very clear," said Hiroyuki Nakamura of Canon's Ayase site. "Cost of adoption, ease of use, and the need for a highly integrated design flow were foremost on our minds during the selection process. During our extensive interactions with Monterey, we became convinced that our new design flow with Monterey's SDPD solution would be ready for production designs very quickly, and that the training effort required to use the tools would not be excessive."

"Canon wanted a complete physical implementation solution from a single vendor," said Rick Ader, General Manager of Asia/Pacific Operations at Monterey. "With Monterey, Canon can perform physical design quickly and cost-effectively without having to purchase, integrate, and learn to use a multitude of tools from different vendors. We look forward to working together with an innovator such as Canon to implement their SDPD production design flow."

Canon is currently in the final stages of implementing and validating their physical design flow incorporating SDPD. The new flow will be used for the digital sections of their mixed signal designs.

Nakamura cited the following reasons for his choice of Monterey:

-- Monterey's Global Design Technology that simultaneously

optimizes a design for timing, area, power, and signal

integrity is well suited for 0.18u and finer process


-- Monterey tools are very easy to use and do not require a great

deal of physical design expertise;

-- SDPD is a very complete flow and does not require a

significant amount of integration support from Canon's

internal CAD group;

-- Monterey provides excellent support and is very responsive to

customer requirements.

About System-Driven Physical Design

System-Driven Physical Design is a full suite of physical design tools encompassing the entire physical flow from hierarchical design planning through tape-out. SDPD is unique in its ability to make physical information such as timing, area, and power available even at the highest system planning levels of design. Monterey's IC Wizard(TM) hierarchical design planner provides hierarchical block-based physical design planning and chip implementation technology; its Sonar(TM) prototyping tool provides physical prototyping capability that allows a rapid validation of the design planning assumptions to achieve design closure; and the Dolphin(R) physical implementation system automatically implements the final layout of the individual blocks and full chip, achieving rapid, predictable design closure. SDPD provides early sign-off at the physical prototyping stage followed by implementation of a manufacturing ready GDSII tape.

About Monterey Design Systems

Monterey Design Systems provides the industry's only System-Driven Physical Design solution, giving customers the fastest and most advanced System to GDSII approach for deep sub-micron SoC design. The company combines design planning, physical prototyping and automated physical implementation to provide a physical design flow that begins at the system level and produces a manufacturing ready layout. Monterey Design Systems is privately held and partners with leading EDA companies such as Cadence (NYSE:CDN) and Synopsys (Nasdaq:SNPS) to ensure interoperability in ASIC and COT design flows. Monterey Design Systems is located at 894 Ross Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1443, tel: 408/747-7370, fax: 408/747-7377,

Canon Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the field of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon's extensive range of products includes copiers, Bubble Jet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalized into an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions. The company has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Visit the company web site at (English) and (Japanese).

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