Cadence meets users demands with embedded software group

Cadence meets users demands with embedded software group
Richard Ball Cadence Design Services is diversifying its fast growing design services organisation with the setting up of a group dedicated to embedded software design. The group expects to have 400 staff by the end of next year, distributed around the company’s 19 design centres. “We’ve just met one of our initial milestones by getting 100 embedded software designers,” said Bill Murray, marketing director for embedded software services. Half are in the US and half in Europe. “We expect to double that number each year.” The European side of the operation is centred around Symbionics with some 45 software engineers. The Cambridge-based design house was bought by Cadence earlier this year (see EW, March 11). The 1,800 engineers being recruited by Cadence at its new design centre in Livingston, Scotland will include a large proportion of software designers, said Murray. The embedded software group is Cadence’s answer to its customers who want more than just the hardware developed, particularly now the industry is moving to system-on-a-chip devices. “At least half of the functionality of a system is in the software,” said Murray.


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