EDN Nominates Magma's Blast Rail for Innovation of the Year

2/9/2004 - Magma ® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that Blast Rail, a key component of Magma's low-power design solution, has been selected from a field of hundreds as a finalist for this year's EDN Innovator/Innovation Awards. This exclusive awards program honors truly outstanding electronic products ranging from integrated circuits to test equipment — as well as the creative engineers who invent them.

The EDN Innovation Awards recognize significant products/technologies in several categories. To be eligible, the product/technology must have shipped in volume in the 2003 calendar year. EDN 's technical editors selected finalists in each category. Blast Rail is nominated in the “EDA: physical analysis” category.

Blast Rail is fully integrated with Magma's RTL-to-GDSII implementation flow to enable a correct-by-construction rail design solution. Blast Rail provides IC designers with integrated power design, analysis and planning, voltage-drop analysis, voltage-drop-induced delay analysis, and electromigration analysis on rail wires and vias, thereby enabling them to maintain power integrity in their designs. Since its release in the spring of 2003, Blast Rail has already been adopted by 30 percent of Blast Fusion users and used in 10 successful design tape-outs. Visit Magma's website for an online demonstration of Blast Rail.

“We always get an outstanding set of entries to our Innovation program,” said EDN Editor in Chief Maury Wright. “The chosen finalists should be proud of their selection because many worthy products barely missed the cut. I look forward to meeting with all of the participants at the awards banquet.”

“The growing complexity and shrinking turnaround time of today's low-power applications requires that power integrity be addressed throughout the design flow. This is a unique capability that Magma offers,” said Sameer Patel, product marketing director at Magma. “We're honored that EDN has recognized Magma as providing innovative design technology.”

In the next few weeks, EDN's worldwide audience of electronics engineers and engineering managers will use an online ballot to select the ultimate winners from among these finalists. EDN 's editorial staff and the EDN Editorial Advisory Board also take part in determining the final winners. We encourage you to visit www.edn.com and check out the February 5, 2004 issue to review each of the nominees. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 29, 2004 in San Francisco.

About EDN
EDN, the premier design magazine of the electronics industry, is published by Reed Business Information. Headquartered in Newton , Mass. , EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN , EDN Europe , EDN Asia , EDN China , EDN Japan and EDN.com, the only full-content, EOEM publication and Web site.

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 www.magma-da.com.

Magma and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks and Blast Rail and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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