Magma, Chinese Academy of Sciences Create Nanotechnology Design Lab

2/5/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and the EDA center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced the signing of a joint agreement to establish the Nanotechnology Integrated Circuit Design Lab. Under this agreement the lab will develop and provide advanced integrated circuit (IC) design solutions for nanometer technologies based on Magma's integrated RTL-to-GDSII flow. These solutions will be used in CAS' education programs, research projects and commercial applications, which aim to increase the availability of advanced IC design capabilities in China.

In addition to providing design solutions, Magma and CAS will work together to promote advanced nanotechnology IC design capabilities, establish an education program for CAS' master's and Ph.D. students, and explore nanotechnology design projects with domestic and international organizations.

“With its rapidly growing demand and large domestic market for electronic products, China is building its semiconductor manufacturing and IC design capabilities at the same time,” said Rajeev Madhavan, chairman and CEO of Magma. “Magma is fully committed to supporting this emerging market by partnering with the CAS and other leading institutes in China and providing electronic design automation technology that can accelerate the design cycle of nanometer ICs.”

“Currently with 10 research institutes and several hundred researchers engaging in the field of advanced IC design technologies, CAS is leading the IC design activities in China ,” said Mr. Tianchun Ye, director of the EDA center of CAS. “Magma's proven technology provides a solid foundation for CAS to establish an advanced IC design flow for the Nanotechnology Integrated Circuit Design Lab.”

“CAS is the leading microelectronics and integrated circuit design research institute in China . I'm impressed with the CAS EDA Center's dedication to providing world-class IC design solutions for education programs and research projects, “ said Lung Chu , vice president of Asia-Pacific Operations at Magma . “We are pleased to be working with the CAS experts in the EDA Center and other institutes.”

About CAS
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institute and comprehensive research and development center for the natural and technological sciences and for high-tech innovation in China . The largest comprehensive national research and post-graduate educational institute, CAS has a total staff of more than 58,000, with approximately 39,000 research personnel and 25,000 graduate students. To meet the needs of China 's fast growing IC industry for technologies and talents, the EDA Center of CAS was founded in November 2002 to provide a networked, open platform for CAS in the field of IC design research and education. The center provides services in the research and development of electronic system and IC design, training, technical support and MPW. It aims to drive the development of China 's IC industry through strategic collaborations with EDA vendors, IP providers and Foundries, as well as universities, research institutes and enterprises. Find out more about CAS on the Web at

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”™. 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 and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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