Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live, work, and play. Cadence® software, hardware, and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s Intelligent System Design strategy helps customers develop differentiated products - from chips to boards to systems. Cadence automotive IP portfolio and Arm-based solutions provide highly optimized tool flows for best in class performance, power, and area.

Cadence's automotive design and verification solutions can help you deliver applications that can make cars safer and more reliable. Cadence automated requirements management flow helps deliver silicon that complies with ISO 26262.

“We are witnessing significant change across the automotive value chain. The quest for safety, security, emission control, connectivity, and e-mobility is driving demand for innovation in automotive electronics including E/E architecture, autonomous driving, accurate and cost-effective sensor design, and safe and secure connectivity.

We see a clear trend with investment, innovation, and value moving to electronics and software. New players are entering the market, and existing players are redefining their roles. Cadence’s EDA, IP, and system design and analysis solutions work with Arm automotive solutions to help customers tackle the challenges of designing complex electronic systems with strict functional safety, data security, quality, reliability, and power/performance requirements.”

Robert Schweiger, Development Director - Automotive


The automotive industry is working toward autonomous driving vehicles. As a result, future cars will be equipped with sensor clusters, more computing power, car-to-car and in-vehicle communication technology, high-bandwidth Ethernet networks, and multiple high-definition displays. These changes create new design challenges for automotive suppliers, such as more complex electronic systems, functional safety, lack of space, reduction of power and weight (emissions), and cost constraints.

These additional requirements push suppliers to integrate much more functionality on a chip, rather than on a PCB. Cadence provides automotive solutions that help customers to deliver applications that can make cars safer and more reliable:

  • Cadence silicon-proven IP portfolio includes processor cores, analog PHY interfaces, standards-based IP cores, and Verification IP
  • Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi DSPs incl. extensive software ecosystem to enable various infotainment applications
  • Multi-speed automotive Ethernet Design and Verification IP portfolio for in-vehicle network design
  • Cadence design flows and packaging technology to develop a new class of automotive SoCs and SiPs
  • Automated functional safety design and verification solution
  • Protium™ FPGA prototyping system for early software validation
  • Palladium® Emulation System for hardware acceleration and emulation with debugging capabilities
  • Sigrity™ technology for advanced signal and power integrity analysis
  • Clarity™ 3D Solver for ECAD-MCAD co-design that analyzes and optimizes thermal and EMI
Functional Safety

Cadence is transforming functional safety by automating fault injection and result analysis for intellectual property, system-on-chip, and system designs. Built on the proven Cadence® Incisive® verification platform, Cadence's end-to-end functional safety solution reduces the automotive ISO 26262 compliance effort by 50%. The solution is available as part of the Cadence System Development Suite.

Cadence also is the first EDA supplier to achieve comprehensive “Fit for Purpose - Tool Confidence Level 1 (TCL1)” certification enabling automotive semiconductor manufacturers, OEMs and component suppliers to meet stringent ISO 26262 automotive safety requirements. Cadence® tool and flow documentation was evaluated by TÜV SÜD, an internationally accredited independent testing and conformity assessment company, and deemed to be fit for use with ASIL A through ASIL D automotive design projects.

Functional Safety Documentation Kit

Cadence offers automotive Functional Safety Documentation Kits covering the full spectrum of semiconductor design and verification. The kits satisfy documentation requirements that the automotive component supplier must provide for their tools and flow to achieve ASIL certification. Additionally, the kits reduce the effort required to evaluate tool use cases within each of the supplier’s automotive design projects and help automotive component suppliers avoid the costly efforts of tool-qualification activities.