VDEC Recommends Magma Design Software to Universities in Japan

1/16/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that the company's software was selected by VDEC, the VLSI Design and Education Center, for use at all the organization's member universities in Japan. As a result of VDEC's choosing Magma, the company donated 100 licenses for use by the universities in their research and teaching programs.

"Magma's software represents the leading edge in not only software, but also their approach to IC design," said Dr. Kunihiro Asada, head of VDEC and professor of electronics at the University of Tokyo. "Our students and researchers will benefit greatly from using Magma's fully integrated, RTL-to-silicon design system in their studies and research as we push toward 90-nanometer technology and beyond."

VDEC's purpose is to develop VLSI design education and research activities for national, public and private universities, and technical colleges in Japan. Founded in 1996, VDEC planned and delivered advanced computer-aided design tools for VLSI design, design technology, test chip production, design seminars and research conferences. VDEC's efforts contributed to the production of more than 400 kinds of designs and test chips in 2000.

The University of Tokyo is one of 10 key universities where Magma software has been installed in conjunction with VDEC's selection. Other institutions are Hiroshima University, Hokkaido University, Kanazawa University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, Tohoku University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

"These universities are where some of the world's leading-edge technology research and education takes place, and are producing a new generation of talented engineers - which is key to the semiconductor industry's future," said Mehrdad Shahabi, president of Magma Design Automation KK. "Magma is committed to Japan's teaching and research in semiconductor technology, and we're happy to make this software donation to assist."

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing the "Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM to enable chip designers to reduce the time required to produce complex ICs. Magma's products for prototyping, synthesis, and place & route provide a single executable for RTL-to-GDSII chip design. The company's Blast FusionTM, Blast Fusion APXTM, Blast PlanTM, Blast Noise® and Blast RTLTM products 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 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 Canada, China, France, Germany, India, 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 www.magma-da.com.

Magma, Blast Noise and FixedTiming are registered trademarks, and Blast Fusion, Blast Fusion APX and Blast Plan are trademarks of Magma Design Automation.

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