HCL Technologies Joins MagmaTies Design Services Partnership Program

7/1/2003 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that HCL Technologies (HCLT) has joined the MagmaTies Design Services Partnership program. HCLT has completed several integrated circuit (IC) designs using Blast Fusion APXTM (Advanced Physical Design System) and Magma has validated the quality of these results. This partnership will enable Magma to expand the availability of expert design services to complement its complete, integrated RTL-to-GDSII chip implementation flow.

"HCLT has considerable expertise in the area of IC design and has leveraged this for several organizations across the world," said Amitava Roy, executive vice president at HCLT. "Our partnership with Magma has proven very successful in just a few months and we are looking forward to leveraging the partnership and offering higher value to our worldwide customers."

In just 15 weeks HCLT was able to complete a 2.5-million-gate, 0.13-micron telecom chip using Blast Fusion APX. Floorplanning was a major challenge in this design because placement of all the cells in most critical paths had to be optimized for complete design closure. By using Blast Fusion's powerful features such as macro placement and physical partitioning, HCLT engineers avoided timing closure obstacles at the end of physical design, maximizing the quality of results while completing this large design on time. HCLT also completed a number of hard intellectual property (IP) cores. With Blast Fusion, the designers were able to use special optimization techniques to increase the speed of one of the modules of the processor to 300 MHz, a goal they were unable to achieve using their previous point-tool-based design flow.

HCLT also used Blast Fusion to complete three low-power physical designs with complexities up to 500K gates including a datapath controller, XGMII multiplexor, and a communications IP. All used standard cell, I/O and memory libraries from Artisan Components and its NurLogic Design division. Each was designed for the 0.18-micron process technology of Taiwan's largest pure-play foundry.

Earlier this year HCLT became the first company to join SuperH, Inc.'s Design Agency Program. Currently, it is also developing a back-end system-on-chip (SoC) flow based on Magma software and the SuperH processor IP cores. Moving forward, the team will integrate SuperH and their own IPs into a variety of SoCs using Magma software, simplifying and reducing the development time for their mutual customers.

"IC design activities in India are growing significantly. HCLT is considered to be one of the leaders in high-tech consulting and is emerging as one of the top IC design service providers," said Lung Chu, vice president of Asia-Pacific operations for Magma Design Automation. "We are pleased to have HCLT as a partner and to help us provide exceptional design resources to the global market."

About HCL Technologies
HCL Technologies is one of India's leading global IT services and product engineering companies, providing value-added, software-led IT solutions and services to large and medium-scale organizations. Founded in 1991, HCL Technologies focuses on technology as well as R&D outsourcing, with the objective of working with clients in areas at the core of their business. HCL Technologies delivers these services through an extensive offshore software development infrastructure and a vast global marketing network that enables scalable, flexible and cost-effective delivery. The company's well defined business strategy has enabled it to build domain expertise across a host of chosen verticals including among others banking, funds management, insurance, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, semiconductors and retail.

As of 31 March 2003, HCL Technologies Limited, along with its subsidiaries, had 8748 employees. The HCL Technologies team today has operations spanning 26 locations in 14 countries - covering over 80% of the world IT market. Together with its knowledge of embedded systems, core technologies and application development expertise, HCL Technologies is positioned, as a composite solutions provider equipped to cater to the entire gamut of IT needs. For more information, visit HCL Technologies at www.hcltech.com

About Magma Design Automation
Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM and 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 Create TM, Blast FusionTM, Blast Fusion APXTM, Blast PlanTM, Blast Noise®, Blast RailTM and Blast RTLTM 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 www.magma-da.com.

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

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