Magma Users Group Changes to MUSIC and Expands

2/13/2004 - Magma® Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced that its expanded and newly re-named users group, MUSIC, will host meetings in India, the United States and the United Kingdom. The first 2004 users conference will be in Bangalore, India in August, with meetings planned for Silicon Valley and Bristol, United Kingdom, to follow in September and October, respectively.

The new name MUSIC, for “Magma Users Summit on Integrated Circuits,” replaces the former name, Fusion. “The name ‘Fusion’ tied the group too closely to Magma’s Blast Fusion product,” said Pallab Chatterjee, president of SiliconMap and chairman of MUSIC. “The company has a much broader portfolio – a symphony of products, if you will – so it’s appropriate to change the name now.”

MUSIC meetings provide a forum for Magma users to exchange ideas, discuss problems and explore solutions related to the design and manufacturing of integrated circuits, as well as providing users an opportunity to meet with Magma staff and product experts. The MUSIC program covers the key elements of semiconductor design, from system-level design to tape-out, for systems on chips, ASICs and FPGAs.

At these conferences Magma’s EDA, IP, foundry and ASIC partners showcase their solutions and interoperability with Magma's software. Magma users see how other designers have achieved their design goals with a complete methodology that includes products from Magma’s RTL-to-GDSII technology and complementary tools and technologies from Magma's partners.

"MUSIC is a forum for users in every sense, giving them an opportunity to share their real design experiences,” said Nitin Deo, vice president of product marketing at Magma. “We want to get their honest feedback on Magma software. Some of the best improvements to our products result from direct input we hear from our customers.”

For the Bangalore meeting, Dr. V. Kamakoti of the India Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras will serve as chairman and Dr. Sathya Gupta of Open Silicon will serve as technical adviser. Chatterjee, as he has the previous two years, will moderate the Silicon Valley meeting, to be held September 16-17 in Santa Clara. A chairman will be named shortly to moderate the meeting in Bristol.

Designers with perspective on high-level or physical design methodologies, RTL-to-GDSII design flows, system simulation, mixed-technology or experiences with Magma software are encouraged to present at the MUSIC events. Calls for papers for each of the MUSIC 2004 meetings will be distributed soon. Submissions of abstracts may be made online at beginning February 11.

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

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