1/22/2003 - Building on a successful alliance with Atmel (Nasdaq: ATML), Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL), a leading provider of best-in-class application- optimized semiconductor IP platforms, strengthened that relationship by expanding its license agreement to include the company's Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) MemoryTM product line on the .13-micron process.

Under the terms of the agreement, Atmel will license Virage Logic's ASAP Memory High Density (HD) embedded memories. Atmel will use Virage Logic's HD embedded memories to gain key advantages in area and performance for products aimed at such growth markets as telecom, computer peripherals, digital consumer devices, automotive, communications and smart cards. The high density embedded memories will be for general use by Atmel's internal design teams in both North America and Europe.

"As more designers adopt next-generation programmable SoC solutions for products that are smaller, smarter and less expensive, it is imperative that we partner with leading companies that deliver superior technology," said Bernard Pruniaux, vice president and general manager ASIC Business Unit, Atmel. "By partnering with Virage Logic, we have access to superior embedded memory IP. It's ideal for high-volume applications that require an area-efficient, low power implementation."

"Partnering with Atmel, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of advanced semiconductors, will enable us to reach into new market segments," said Adam Kablanian, CEO and president, Virage Logic. "We look forward to extending our broad product portfolio with Atmel and to enable new technology that cost-effectively addresses the manufacturing requirements of Atmel's customers."

The ASAP Memory Product Line
Virage Logic embedded memories are developed using memory design techniques that achieve unprecedented results in yield, area, speed and power. The ASAP Memory product line consists of three families:

About Atmel
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

About Virage Logic
Virage Logic (Nasdaq: VIRL) is a leading provider of best-in-class application-optimized semiconductor IP platforms based on memory, logic, I/Os and IP development tools that are silicon proven and production ready. Virage Logic meets market demands for cost reduction, while improving performance and reliability for fabless and integrated device manufacturer (IDM) companies focused on the consumer, communications and networking, handheld and portable, and graphics markets. For further information, visit or call (877) 360-6690 (toll free) or (510) 360-8000.

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