2014

Faraday Technology and NemoChips Team-Up to Build Next Generation Low Power Mobile Platform based upon the Cadence Low-Power Solution CPF-Based Faraday SoCompiler Design Services Leverages the Cadence

Low-Power Solution to Achieve> 99% Leakage Reduction and 65% Dynamic Power

Reduction and Significantly Reduced Design Time



    HSINCHU, Taiwan and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 28 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-
 FirstCall/ -- Faraday Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading ASIC
 and silicon IP provider, and NemoChips, an emerging leader in low power
 multimedia platform ICs, today announced that NemoChips has successfully
 taped out a low- power mobile video platform SoC leveraging Faraday's
 SoCompiler Design Services employing the Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled
 Cadence(R) (Nasdaq:   CDNS) Low-Power Solution. This leading-edge design took
 only 2 months from netlist to tape-out while achieving an impressive >99%
 leakage reduction and 65% dynamic power reduction using advanced techniques
 such as Dynamic Voltage & Frequency Scaling, Multi-Supply Voltages, and
 Power-Shut Off. ASIC customers designing complex and power sensitive SoCs
 can benefit from this proven methodology to dramatically reduce time to
 market as well as to reduce implementation risk.
 
     NemoChips' low power, high performance, multimedia application
 processor is targeted for use within mobile terminals, including mobile
 handsets, portable media players, portable navigation devices and car
 entertainment systems. It delivers DVD quality video to mobile devices
 without video format limitation.
 
     ''We are pleased with the performance, power savings and rapid tape-out
 of our mobile application processor chip, which provides desktop-like
 multimedia experience to our customer on handheld devices without
 sacrificing battery life.'' said Dr. Lifeng Zhao, President of NemoChips
 Inc. ''Faraday has clearly demonstrated strong expertise in implementing
 complex low-power chips.''
 
     ''We are pleased with the performance, power savings and rapid tape-out
 of our mobile application processor chip, which provides desktop-like
 multimedia experience to our customer on handheld devices without
 sacrificing battery life.'' said Dr. Lifeng Zhao, President of NemoChips
 Inc. ''Faraday has clearly demonstrated strong expertise in implementing
 complex low-power chips.''
 
     Faraday's SoCompiler Design Services team used the Si2 standard Common
 Power Format to specify power-saving techniques early, so the information
 could be reused throughout the design process. The Cadence Low-Power
 Solution integrates logic design, verification, and implementation with
 CPF, automating power-saving design techniques like dynamic voltage and
 frequency scaling (DVFS) without impacting delivery schedules.
 
     In the early stages of the DVFS design, Faraday used Cadence Conformal
 LP, Logic Equivalence Checker (LEC), and Faraday's internal design kit, to
 handle best-in-class verification for this complex low power design. The
 verification includes more than 30 automatic checking procedures in the
 design flow, and it can be automatically performed in a few minutes.
 Cadence Conformal Low Power technologies are highly complementary and help
 Faraday to extend its ability to provide low power technology to design
 bigger, faster chips.
 
     ''Faraday has always committed to providing the most competitive
 solution to our customers, and the Faraday PowerSmart(TM) design flow is a
 natural extension of that commitment,'' said Dr George Hwang, VP of
 International Business of Faraday Technology. ''By working with Power
 Forward Initiative members Cadence and UMC, we are able to help Nemochips
 meet a set of stringent power requirements using a solution that provided a
 2x productivity improvement, enabling delivery within a very short design
 cycle.''
 
     ''Faraday's fast, low-risk delivery of a low-power mobile platform to
 NemoChips demonstrates the value of a highly automated and holistic
 low-power solution,'' said Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, corporate vice president, IC
 Digital and Power Forward at Cadence. ''We're excited about the continuing
 silicon successes of CPF-based Cadence Low Power Solution. And we're
 grateful for Faraday's recent contribution to "A Practical Guide to
 Low-Power Design - User experience with CPF," which is an online guide to
 low power design based entirely on actual user experience.''
 
     "A Practical Guide to Low-Power Design - User experience with CPF," is
 published online by the Power Forward Initiative and available free of
 charge at http://www.powerforward.org . In its chapter, Faraday provides
 valuable insight into the methodologies used by the Faraday SoCompiler
 Design Services team to make the NemoChips project a success.
 
     About Power Forward Initiative
 
     The Power Forward Initiative, which has more than 25 member companies,
 is an industry initiative sponsored by Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
 (NASDAQ:   CDNS) and has the goal of enabling the design and production of
 more power- efficient electronic devices. The Advisory Group consists of
 representative companies across the design chain from microprocessors to IP
 to foundries and semiconductor companies and includes four EDA companies
 including Cadence. CPF v1.0 was contributed by Cadence to the Si2 Low Power
 Coalition in December 2006 and is now available as a Si2 standard to the
 industry at large. The Initiative has recently published A Practical Guide
 to Low-Power Design -- User experience with CPF which is aimed at educating
 the broad design marketplace in utilizing advanced low-power design
 techniques. The Guide is available free of charge at
 http://www.powerforward.org .
 
     About Faraday Technology Corporation
 
     Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading silicon IP and fabless ASIC
 vendor. The company's broad silicon IP portfolio includes Cell Library,
 Memory Compiler, ARM-compliant CPUs, DDRII, MPEG4, H.264, USB 2.0, 10/100
 Ethernet, Serial ATA, PCI Express, and UWB . With 2007 revenue of US$ 156
 million, Faraday is one of the largest fabless ASIC companies in the
 Asia-Pacific region, and it also has a significant presence in other
 world-wide markets. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and
 support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and
 China . For more information, please visit: http://www.faraday-tech.com .
 
 
Press contact Carol Yang Faraday Technology Corporation Tel: +886-3-578-7888 ext 4047 Email: htyang@faraday-tech.com

SOURCE Faraday Technology Corporation

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