Cadence Design Systems has announced that its 30-year-old EDA toolset, Virtuoso Studio, has been upgraded to embrace cloud-ready solutions and leverage generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The new version of Virtuoso Studio incorporates AI algorithms to aid in design centering and navigate competing specifications. The optimized code and algorithms also aim to enhance faster interactive editing in both the layout and schematic tools. The upgrade also includes multi-threading, which Cadence claims accelerates rendering, connectivity extraction, and design rule checks (DRCs) in parallel.

In addition to the AI tools, Virtuoso Studio has been integrated with Cadence's AWR Microwave Office solution, and Pegasus DRC and layout versus schematic (LVS) solutions are now available from within the Virtuoso Layout Suite. This integration is targeted at improving interactive signoff quality analysis during layout creation.

Furthermore, Cadence claims that the integration of Virtuoso Studio with its Spectre FMC Analysis tool provides a complete machine learning (ML)-based Monte Carlo variation solution. This solution is designed to deliver a 3-to-6-sigma yield with a significant speedup over brute force Monte Carlo analysis.

Tom Beckley, Senior Vice President, and General Manager of Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence, has stated that Virtuoso Studio's upgrade aims to provide analog and mixed-signal engineers with the Virtuoso experience they are accustomed to, while addressing the latest design challenges.