Nassda Joins MagmaTies to Collaborate on Nanometer Design Solutions

2/18/2004 - Magma® Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, and Nassda Corporation (Nasdaq: NSDA), a leading provider of full-chip circuit verification software, announced that Nassda has joined the MagmaTies Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Partnership Program to further expand their collaboration. Nassda had previously partnered with Silicon Metrics, now Magma's Silicon Correlation Division, for full-chip characterization of standalone and embedded memories using Nassda's HSIM to analyze the effects of nanometer silicon on design timing and power. Through this enhanced relationship, Magma and Nassda seek to offer designers the ability to characterize intellectual property (IP) for the latest process geometries through their combined EDA software. Additionally, Magma and Nassda intend to develop a means for designers to correlate delay and noise effects on circuit performance in the Blast Fusion® physical design solution for system on chips (SoCs).

“The goal of the MagmaTies EDA Partnership Program is to ensure interoperability of our software with that of other key EDA technology providers such as Nassda,” said Michael Ma, vice president of business development at Magma. “We are happy to expand our collaboration with Nassda to enable our mutual customers to leverage HSIM and Magma's Blast CreateTM, Blast PlanTM and Blast Fusion®, for their SoC designs.”

“Nanometer effects are dominating performance of designs at 130 nanometers and below,” said Graham Bell, senior director of marketing at Nassda. “Reducing characterization and correlation time while delivering the required analog accuracy is necessary for commercial design success. By partnering with Magma, we can better support joint customers in the creation of high-performance designs implemented in the latest process geometries that rely on accurate analysis of IP for timing, power, and signal integrity effects. With the use of Nassda HSIM and Magma's IC implementation system we believe that customers will experience faster product development and better quality of results.”

About Nassda
Nassda Corporation (Nasdaq: NSDA) is a leading provider of full-chip circuit verification software for complex nanometer semiconductors. Headquartered in Santa Clara , Calif. , the company develops and markets simulation and analysis solutions for advanced ICs, especially for analog, mixed signal, memory, system-on-chip and high performance digital designs. Nassda's products enable first silicon success, and can improve product quality and production yield for its consumer, communication, computer and memory customers. The company has sales and distribution offices throughout the world. For more information about Nassda, please visit the company's website 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 design planning, 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

Nassda and HSIM are registered trademarks of Nassda Corporation. 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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