Magma Design Automation, Inc. Fujitsu & TI Tape Out Using Blast Fusion

7/1/2002 - Magma® Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, today announced that Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) successfully used Blast Fusion™ to produce first-pass functional silicon on two complex devices for Fujitsu Network Communications. The fully operational devices are used in a SONET Add Drop Multiplexer designed by Fujitsu Network Communications based in Richardson, Texas. Implemented using TI's 0.18-micron GS30 technology, the devices range in complexity from 1.5 million gates with 52 macros to about 3.5 million gates. Blast Fusion provided early timing feedback with Magma's Early Silicon Performance (ESP) algorithm and eliminated synthesis-to-layout iterations, enabling TI and Fujitsu to both achieve their time-to-market goals.

"We believe that by working with Texas Instruments and Magma, we saved at least two months of critical development time in the completion of the physical design of these chips," said Tom Brown, senior director of ASIC Design at Fujitsu Network Communications. "Magma's Blast Fusion technology has demonstrated its ability to complete challenging designs. These chips are operational and demonstrate first-pass success in our systems today."

"We recently completed full deployment of Blast Fusion to our worldwide design centers," said Francis Larochelle, CAD Development manager, for the ASIC division at TI. "Cycle time and predictability of timing closure are extremely important for our focused ASIC business. By completing these chips and meeting the expected performance goals, we have validated Blast Fusion's ability to deliver predictable timing closure on large complex, high-performance, full-chip designs. We are seeing that Blast Fusion is capable of handling our most complex top-level designs and currently have several chips being done with Blast Fusion today."

Magma and TI Work Closely for Design Success
An early Magma adopter, TI has been instrumental in shaping enhancements to the Blast Fusion system. With Blast Fusion, TI has achieved significantly improved runtimes over traditional physical design tools for logic optimization, placement and routing. Through Magma's Early Silicon Performance (ESP) capability, Blast Fusion also provided TI with accurate timing information much earlier in the design flow. This enabled TI to quickly determine the timing feasibility of their customer's designs prior to beginning layout. Certain that Fujitsu's designs would now meet the required timing specifications, the TI-Magma design team was able to quickly take the complex designs from netlist to clean GDSII without struggling through numerous synthesis-to-layout iterations.

"By working with leading ASIC vendors such as Texas Instruments, we continue to improve our system to meet the demands of today's ASIC design flow," said Bob Smith, vice president of product marketing for Magma. "By giving the ASIC designer early visibility into the expected timing performance of their design, our products reduce 'false starts' on physical design that often lead to lengthy iteration cycles. The ASIC vendor benefits by getting more fully qualified designs at the outset and having a robust system for full-chip design and assembly that delivers the desired circuit timing."

Blast Fusion Leverages Timing Constraints to Accelerate Design Cycle
Conventional place and route flows can't take timing constraints into consideration until late in the flow, so designers often do not complete them prior to beginning physical design. This often results in additional iterative cycles. Blast Fusion utilizes Magma's patent-pending FixedTiming® methodology and single, unified data model architecture, which allow it to perform logic optimization and physical design while taking timing constraints into account. This unique approach enables Blast Fusion to provide designers with accurate timing information prior to detailed layout and to significantly reduce iterations between synthesis and place & route. Additional timesavings can be accomplished by using Blast Logic™, Magma's timing constraint sign-off tool, prior to starting physical design.

The completion of the Fujitsu ASIC designs is a significant milestone in TI's deployment of Blast Fusion to its worldwide design centers. They are representative of more than 40 designs that have now been completed in TI ASIC CDCs worldwide using Blast Fusion. TI has repeatedly demonstrated that given a final netlist and complete timing constraints, Blast Fusion can significantly reduce the logic optimization and physical design process.

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software products enable chip designers to reduce the time required to design and produce complex integrated circuits in the communications, computing, consumer electronics, networking and semiconductor industries. Magma provides a single executable for RTL-to-GDSII chip design. The company's products, Blast Fusion™, Blast Chip®, Blast Plan™, Blast Noise™ and Blast Prototype™ utilize Magma's proprietary FixedTiming® methodology and single data model architecture to reduce the timing-closure iterations often required between the logic and physical processes in conventional IC design flows. Magma's Diamond SI™ also leverages the single data model architecture to provide an integrated, standalone platform for post-layout, sign-off-quality signal integrity verification.

Magma maintains headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as sales and support facilities in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C.; Laurys Station, Pa.; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Newcastle, Wash.; and in Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The company's stock trades on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma, Blast Chip and FixedTiming are registered trademarks and Blast Fusion, Blast Logic, Blast Noise, Blast Plan, Blast Prototype and Diamond SI are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. All other product and company names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that TI will continue to use Blast Fusion, that Magma continues to improve its system to meet today's ASIC design flow demands, and about the features and benefits of Magma's system, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, TI's decision to continue using Blast Fusion, the ability of Magma's products to produce the desired results and Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on June 28, 2002, and from time to time in Magma's SEC reports. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Magma disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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