Cadence Custom Design Migration Flow Accelerates Adoption of TSMC N3E and N2 Process Technologies

  • Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform automates migration of IC designs to TSMC’s latest process technologies
  • New generative design technology delivers a 2.5X reduction in design migration time
  • Corresponding PDKs support easy node-to-node design and layout migration

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) today announced the availability of a node-to-node design migration flow based on the Cadence® Virtuoso® Design Platform compatible with all TSMC advanced nodes, including the latest N3E and N2 process technologies. This new generative design migration flow was jointly developed by Cadence and TSMC to provide a simplified and automated approach to migrate custom and analog IC designs among TSMC’s process technologies. Customers already using the flow have successfully reduced migration time by 2.5X when compared with manual migration.

The Virtuoso Design Platform automatically migrates schematic cells, parameters, pins and wiring from one TSMC process node to another. The Virtuoso ADE Product Suite’s simulation and circuit optimization environment then tunes and optimizes the new schematic to ensure the design achieves all required specifications and measurements.

Cadence and TSMC customers can then automatically recognize and extract groups of devices in an existing layout and apply them to similar groups in the new layout, thanks to the Virtuoso Layout Suite’s generative design technology using templates, TSMC’s analog-mapping and routing technologies in the Virtuoso Design Platform.

“As application requirements grow, many TSMC customers are looking to migrate legacy IC designs to our more advanced nodes, such as N3E and N2, to take full advantage of higher performance and lower power benefits of the latest TSMC advanced technologies,” said Dan Kochpatcharin, head of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. “Our ongoing collaboration with Cadence has resulted in enhanced PDKs and methodologies that simplify and accelerate the design migration process, ultimately speeding time to market.”

“Through this latest collaboration with TSMC, our joint customers benefit from our advanced technologies that make custom/analog migration simpler and far less time-consuming,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager in the Custom IC, IC Packaging, PCB and System Analysis Group. “Our Virtuoso Design Platform’s proven node-to-node generative design migration technology can shave weeks off the time required to migrate a complex IC design between nodes, which is critical in the highly competitive chip design market.”

The Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform supports the Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling system-on-chip (SoC) design excellence. To learn more about the Virtuoso Design Platform, please visit

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Cadence announced the availability of a node-to-node design migration flow based on the Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform, which is compatible with all TSMC nodes, including the new N3E and N2 process technologies.


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