Magma Trains Designers with IC Excellence Initiative in India

12/31/2003 - Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced the launch of its "IC Excellence" initiative in India. The program aims at training existing designers on cutting-edge technology to meet current market requirements, enabling designers to focus on product innovation by automating integrated circuit (IC) implementation, and at embedding the latest technology in Indian universities' engineering curricula to build IC design strength. As part of this initiative, Magma will donate IC design software to leading engineering institutions, launch an IC Physical Design PG Diploma course with leading VLSI training institutions in India, collaborate with leading corporations, and partner with the government of Karnataka and the Department of IT of the government of India to achieve these shared objectives.

"The IC market worldwide is expected to grow at 12 percent, and the Asia-Pacific region is seeing even higher growth," said Rajeev Madhavan, CEO of Magma. "Catalyzed by private and governmental efforts, this region is spawning local products and services companies, in addition to the many multinational corporations that have based their design centers here. Just as the level of software training has grown in India, an increase in the IC design pool will help India establish itself as an ideal destination for IC design activities."

The "IC Excellence" initiative is designed to accelerate India's adoption of advanced technology and enable the region to gain a competitive edge. The initiative benefits Magma by creating closer relationships with local customers and by building a local talent pool. This close collaboration between Magma and its user community will enhance software and IC development, helping Magma India and the overall IC market there to grow.

"With leading companies either setting up or expanding their design teams in India, there is a growing need for engineers to have access to cutting-edge technology and training," said Alok Mehrotra, director of Asia-Pacific Operations at Magma. "The PG Diploma course we have launched addresses that need by continually producing more trained engineers. This will also substantially increase the IC design talent available, helping India solidify its status in IC design as it has in IT."

"India has a huge untapped local market for ICs and related products and the potential to be a world leader in emerging technologies," said Anand Anandkumar, managing director of Magma India. "The university program is strategic and will equip the graduating engineers with our industry-leading IC implementation technologies and methodologies."

Through the "IC Excellence" program, Magma will work with VLSI heads of leading engineering institutions, providing training material, applications engineering support and donating licenses. IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, BITS-Pilani, BEC, MAHE and Amrita Institute have already adopted Magma for their respective BTech/MTech/Ph.D. programs. Ten more institutions intend to join as well. Magma India is now adding dedicated staff to support this rapidly growing program.

"We are pleased to have Magma's products in our lab. They will be used for teaching and research, catering to B Tech and M Tech courses for the CSE, E&ECE and EE departments," said professor PPC Chakrabarti, head of the Advanced VLSI Design Lab, IIT-Kharagpur, and a well-respected member of the VLSI community in India. "Having heard a lot about the capabilities and methodology-oriented approach of Magma, we look forward to using their software for our deep submicron chip design activities."

About Magma
Magma provides leading software for designing highly complex integrated circuits while maximizing Quality of Results with respect to area, timing and power, and at the same time reducing overall design cycles and costs. Magma provides a complete RTL-to-GDSII design flow that includes prototyping, synthesis, place & route, and signal and power integrity chip design capabilities in a single executable, offering "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM. Magma's software also includes products for advanced physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs); capacitance extraction; and characterization and modeling. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma is a registered trademark & "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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