Acacia Communications Adopts Cadence Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform to Accelerate Optical Networking Development

Palladium Cloud’s scalability and ease of deployment enables Acacia
to meet its capacity needs while accelerating ASIC development

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that Acacia
Communications, Inc. has adopted the Cadence® Palladium®
Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform to accelerate the development of its
DSP ASICs for optical networking applications. Using Palladium Z1
emulation technology, Acacia was able to accelerate execution by months
over the traditional simulation-only approach for ASIC verification.
With Cadence’s cloud-based usage model, Acacia was able to compile the
full multi-hundred-million gate digital content for the platform
locally, upload the image, and run tests of thousands of frames across
many modes of operation in overnight regressions via the Palladium Cloud.

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Acacia selected the Palladium Z1 platform for the development of its DSP
ASICs due to the platform’s ability to execute synthesizable models at
speeds far greater than classic simulation, enabling Acacia to execute
tests that were not previously possible, while also helping ensure that
the ultra-low-power requirements were being met.

“In order to build a high-performance, low-power optical module, we
needed a solution that could accommodate designs of up to 650M gates,”
said Jon Stahl, director of ASIC at Acacia Communications. “The Cadence
Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform was the best choice, meeting
our complex requirements for our DSP ASIC development. The Palladium Z1
platform proved to be easy to adopt, manage and scale, providing our
engineering teams with the ability to deliver high-quality, innovative
designs while adhering to tight deadlines. In particular, we found the
cloud-based model, the debug features, and the top-notch support, to be
compelling reasons to choose this solution.”

The Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform is part the Cadence
Verification Suite, comprised of best-in-class core engines,
verification fabric technologies and solutions that increase
verification throughput. The Verification Suite supports the Cadence
Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling SoC design excellence.

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