Magma and IBM Collaborate To Accelerate Chip Designs From Concept To Silicon

Initiative To Build and Enhance Interoperability Between IBM's Silicon Foundry And Magma Software

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EAST FISHKILL, NY AND CUPERTINO, CA - 28 Oct 2002: IBM and Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, today announced that they will work together to establish a reference design flow using Magma's integrated circuit (IC) design software with qualified cell libraries and IBM's silicon intellectual property. The reference flow will enable customers to tailor their designs for manufacturing by IBM using IBM's most advanced chip-making technologies.

The effort is part of an expansion of Magma's chip design activity and IBM's heightened drive into contract manufacturing, or "foundry," services. The two companies believe that by pairing Magma's IC design tools with IBM's advanced chip-making technology, customers can benefit with faster time-to-market and enhanced product designs.

"IBM is recognized as having the most advanced process technology and for moving that technology into actual production quickly," said Mike Concannon, vice president of foundry manufacturing services, IBM Microelectronics. "Yet customers often need assistance in designing their products to take the best advantage of that technology. We're working closely with leading EDA vendors including Magma to make it as easy as possible for customers to optimize their designs and translate them from concept to silicon."

Magma and IBM are performing detailed analysis of logical, physical and electrical aspects of IBM's technologies, with plans to develop a reference design flow that will enable mutual customers to start using Magma tools to implement their products in IBM process technology. The two companies also plan ongoing work to validate, enhance and maintain this methodology to help their mutual customers achieve first-pass silicon success.

The reference flow will target multimillion-gate high-performance designs that include embedded cores from IBM's vast collection of silicon-proven core blocks. IBM and Magma plan to work together to leverage Magma's modeling technology to combine logical, timing, physical and electrical aspects of IBM's cores to enable designers to accelerate their time to silicon.

"We're glad to be working with IBM so our customers can leverage the combination of Magma's integrated RTL-to-GDSII design methodology with IBM's foundry expertise," said Nitin Deo, Magma's vice president, business development. "Magma's customers have long been pushing the envelope of chip design, with multimillions of gates and clock speeds approaching the gigahertz level. This collaboration is designed to ensure a fast and smooth route to successful silicon implementation by helping them start their designs faster and complete them sooner."

About Magma Design Automation Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, 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 Fusion(TM), Blast Chip(R), Blast Plan(TM), Blast Noise(R) and Blast Prototype(TM) products utilize Magma's proprietary FixedTiming(R) 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's Diamond SI(TM) also leverages the single data model architecture to provide an integrated, standalone platform for post-layout, sign-off-quality signal integrity verification.

Magma maintains headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as sales and support facilities in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C.; Laurys Station, Pa.; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Newcastle, Wash.; and in Canada, Germany, 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

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