Broadcom Uses Magma Software For Its StrataXGS™ 0.13-Micron 160Gbps NonBlocking Switch Fabric Design

7/5/2002 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, today announced that Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, has started sampling customers the BCM5670, designed using Magma's software, including the Blast Fusion™ physical design system. BCM5670, an 8-port, non-blocking, 160 Gbps switch fabric, a central component in the StrataXGS™ scalable Gigabit Ethernet Multilayer Switching family, is a 0.13-micron design.

"Blast Fusion provides a vehicle for completion of complex hierarchical designs," said Derrick Lin, director of the Enterprise Switching Group at Broadcom.

Broadcom deployed Blast Fusion to its design groups in 2001. Blast Fusion is a chip implementation system that includes optimization, place and route, useful skew clock generation, floorplanning and power planning, RC extraction and a single, built-in incremental timing analyzer, and is designed to accelerate time to market for large, complex deep-submicron designs and improve predictability of the design flow.

"The fast time to market enjoyed by Broadcom and other Magma customers shows the benefit of our FixedTiming® methodology, the basis for Magma's truly integrated design system," said Rajeev Madhavan, chairman and CEO of Magma. "The Magma team is very proud of the results at Broadcom. We are pleased to be able to bring measurable value to such a strategic customer."

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 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 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, 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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