Magma Volcano Erupts with Virage Logic ASAP Logic Cell Libraries

5/30/2003 - Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL), a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms, and Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Virage Logic will ship Magma Volcano database views as part of the Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) LogicTM 130- and 90-nm Cell Libraries and qualify the libraries for Magma's Blast Fusion product. This is the first phase of efforts by the two companies to enable Virage Logic's semiconductor IP products in memory, logic and base I/O cells to support the Magma IC design tool solutions. Virage Logic will roll out support and qualification for the other Magma products based on customer demand.

"We have a lot of common customers designing with our IP using the Magma Blast family of products, particularly in the 130- and 90-nm process nodes," said Brani Buric, senior director of product marketing, Virage Logic. "This joint effort to integrate and qualify our semiconductor IP offerings with Magma's innovative design automation solutions will greatly benefit our mutual customers."

"We worked closely with Virage Logic to ensure that their semiconductor IP products work with our design tools," said Nitin Deo, vice president of business development, Magma. "Delivering the Volcano database view directly as part of Virage Logic's ASAP Logic enables our customers to not only achieve timing closure at the smaller process geometries but to have a complete integrated solution for synthesis, routing, power analysis and signal integrity."

Magma and Virage Logic Presentation at DAC
Magma and Virage Logic will host a joint presentation in the Virage Logic Suite (#2602) at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim on June 4, 2003 at 11 a.m. Customers interested in attending the presentation should pre-register either online at or at the Virage Logic booth (#1735).

About The ASAP Logic Product Line
The Virage Logic ASAP Logic product line contains application-optimized libraries targeted to unique market requirements and is based on Virage Logic's proprietary and patented routing methodology and cell architecture.

ASAP Metal Programmable Cell Libraries are used in System-on-Chip (SoC) designs to economically enable functional reprogrammability by changing only a few metal and via masks. This approach has significantly helped overcome a key barrier to low- and medium-volume SoC implementation -- high mask costs -- without causing any performance degradation. ASAP Standard Cell Libraries are optimized for area, speed, and power and provide up to a 30 percent increase in utilization when compared to conventional standard cell libraries.

About Virage Logic
Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL) is a leading provider of best-in-class 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 computer and graphics markets. Virage Logic is headquartered in Fremont, California and has sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, visit or call (877) 360-6690 toll free or (510) 360-8000.

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM, enabling 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 CreateTM, Blast Fusion®, Blast Fusion APXTM, Blast Noise® Blast PlanTM and Blast RailTM products utilize Magma's patented 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 facilities in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C.; 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

Magma, Blast Fusion, Blast Noise and FixedTiming are registered trademarks, and Blast Fusion APX, Blast Plan and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation.

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