Electronic Design Automation

Microsoft chooses Cadence for RAMP program

19 April 2022

Microsoft has selected Cadence Design Systems to participate in its Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes (RAMP) initiative.

The RAMP program is a U.S. Department of Defense program through the Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) Other Transaction Authority (OTA). The program focuses on state-of-the-art, secure microelectronics design methods.

As part of Phase II of the initiative, Cadence will provide best practice recommendations and security integrations with its digital and verification design flows for advanced system-on-chip (SoC) designs from select defense industrial base prototype designs.

The goal of the program is having the secure design environment integrated into Microsoft’s Azure-based deployment infrastructure to support microelectronics for mission-critical aerospace and defense applications.

The RAMP program will emphasize commercial best practices to establish design requirements for new and emerging government applications areas such as 5G and artificial intelligence. Cadence will apply its commercial solutions to the secure chip design, test and verification process to ensure it is seamless.

“Accelerating the development cycle for advanced silicon with first-pass success is essential for driving secure microelectronics innovation,” said Nimish Modi, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Cadence. “With our continued focus on developing the most advanced computational software solutions, Cadence is well-positioned to deliver a rapid and effective design flow between the front-end design capture and verification phase to the implementation of secure silicon devices.”

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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