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Axis Systems Announces Plans to Use Altera's New APEX Architecture in Xcite; Xcite With APEX Ships Later This Year.

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 1999--

Axis Systems, Inc., an EDA company focused on improving the verification process for electronic system-on-a-chip designs announced its plans to use Altera Corporation's (NASDAQ: ALTR) Advanced Programmable Embedded MatriX (APEX(tm)) architecture in future versions of Axis' Xcite(tm) product family, a design verification tool that includes a ReConfigurable Computing (RCC) co-processor with Altera devices.

The new Altera technology improves Axis' customers' design verification flows by improving performance and allowing for more gate capacity.

Steve Wang, Axis' vice-president of marketing, said, "Altera is one of our most important partners. Our intention is to offer and improve our design verification product family, Xcite, using the latest Altera architectures as they become available."

Wang added, "Our Xcite hardware verification solution is designed to use the highest density devices available from Altera and currently simulates designs up to 4-million gates. We are integrating Altera's Quartus(TM) design environment into our product and plan to expand our gate capacity with Altera's APEX 20K devices."

About APEX

Altera's APEX 20K programmable logic architecture is the first architecture to successfully integrate product-term and look-up table functionality along with embedded memory, to provide breakthrough System-on-a-Programmable-Chip(TM) integration. With device densities up to 1 million gates and enhanced in-system performance, the APEX architecture provides unsurpassed design efficiency and total control of system design.

The first APEX 20K device, a 400,000-gate EP20K400, is shipping and is supported by Altera's Quartus design environment and backed by a full complement of intellectual property cores, including processors, communications blocks and bus interface functions from Altera and from the Altera Megafunction Partner Program (AMPP(SM)) member companies.

About APEX In Axis Systems' Xcite RCC Co-processor

For Axis Systems' application, Altera's APEX 20K family provides leading edge performance and density in a programmable logic device. The combination of product-term and look-up table functionality, combined with abundant embedded memory, enables high-speed verification of a wide range of functions, from combinatorial logic to complex state machines.

The System-on-a-Programmable-Chip functionality provided by the APEX architecture is supported by Altera's fourth-generation development environment, Quartus, which includes a powerful debug capability called SignalTap(TM). This tool combines the functionality of a logic analyzer with the on-chip power of an intellectual property core to provide at-speed analysis and debug of Altera's programmable logic devices. With SignalTap, the signals inside even the most complex BGA packages can be isolated, tested and debugged with unprecedented accuracy and ease.

More About Xcite

The Xcite RCC co-processor coupled with functional verification and debugging software improves design verification throughput by orders of magnitude over software-only simulators. Xcite addresses behavioral, RT-level and gate-level simulation and verification of million-gate plus designs.

The Xcite RCC co-processor fits inside a Sun(tm) Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) Ultra(tm) 30 or Ultra 60 workstation and connects directly to its PCI backplane. Axis also offers the Xcite software simulator. This product operates with or without the RCC co-processor.

Price and Availability

Xcite-1000 for designs of up to 4-million gates is shipping now with Altera's FLEX(tm) 10K250 programmable logic devices using BGA packaging. Axis plans to ship Xcite with APEX architecture late this year.

Xcite-1000 includes a software simulator and RCC compiler. The Company estimates that verification with Xcite's RCC co-processor costs less than 10 cents (USD) a gate.

About Axis Systems

Axis Systems, Inc. is a technology leader in the logic design verification market. Founded in 1996, the company offers breakthrough technologies and high-speed products to verify electronic systems and systems-on-a-chip.

Contact information: Axis Systems, Inc., 209 Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, 408-588-2000, FAX: 408-588-1662,,

Acronyms: BGA: Ball grid Array EDA: Electronic Design Automation FPGA: Field Programmable gate Array RCC: ReConfigurable Computing RTL: Register-Transfer Level or RT-level

Notes to Editors:

A photo or electronic image of Axis' RCC co-processor and a white paper on RCC technology are available on request.

Contact for inquiries: Axis Systems, Inc., 209 Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, 408-588-2000, FAX: 408-588-1662, or visit, Attn.: Steve Wang x111

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