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HUGHES UNVEILS DECODESIGNER(TM) KITS FOR MULTI-CHIP MODULES (MCMs), AN INDUSTRY FIRST FOR BOTH MCM-C AND MCM-D ELECTRONIC PACKAGING

 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Aircraft Co. today announced its new DecoDesigner(TM) Kits -- a series of design kits for Multi-Chip Modules (MCM), both MCM-C and MCM-D products. These kits, which have been in use throughout Hughes, will now be available for the first time to all MCM customers for their direct access to Hughes MCM production capabilities. The DecoDesigner Kits, when integrated with leading design automation tools for Mentor Graphics and Cadence Design Systems, form the DecoDesigner System. The DecoDesigner Kits provide customers with an industry first: the option to perform physical design for either of two MCM technologies on the same design system.
 "We are complementing our world-class development and manufacturing capability with an equally world-class design capability as part of our commitment to be a major merchant supplier of MCMs," said Don Schrock, vice president and division manager of Microelectronics at the Hughes Industrial Electronics Co. "Now our customers, with the support of our applications engineers, have a competitive advantage. They can design with the best packaging tools for their applications."
 The DecoDesigner System and DecoDesigner Kits represent the fourth major release and an investment of more than 50 man-years developing, distributing and supporting a standard, robust MCM design capability within Hughes. Hughes MCM designers, using the DecoDesigner System and DecoDesigner Kits, have produced nearly 100 large-area MCM designs -- including high-performance digital processors, low-noise mixed-signal processors, power and microwave circuits, used in military, automotive, space, telecommunications, medical and industrial applications.
 "Since Hughes released its first MCM design kit three years ago for internal use, access to the MCM factory has become progressively easier, simpler and faster. First pass success is the norm, not the exception," said Chris Withers, a leading systems house MCM designer at Hughes' Aerospace & Defense Sector.
 Release 4.0 of the series consists of Basic and Advanced DecoDesigner Kits for both MCM-C and MCM-D. The Basic DecoDesigner Kits, when used in conjunction with Mentor Hybrid Station(TM) and Cadence DRACULA(R), provide layout and checking capabilities. The Advanced DecoDesigner Kits, when used with Mentor MCM Station(TM) and Cadence DRACULA, also feature signal integrity management consisting of cross-talk, transmission line and parasitic analysis, and thermal management consisting of steady-state conduction thermal analysis.
 Release 4.0 of the DecoDesigner Kits is available now for MCM-D. The Release 4.0 version for MCM-C will be available third quarter `93. MCM-C design services are available at the Hughes Microelectronics Division now. Release 5.0 of Advanced DecoDesigner Kits, due out the last quarter 1993, will include parasitic extraction with delay calculation and back-annotation to popular simulation tools for timing verification, as well as transient thermal analysis.
 All DecoDesigner Kits provide Hughes design methodologies, design parameters, physical geometry libraries, tutorials, MCM technology kits with layout and assembly rules and user-ware CAD tools for the DecoDesigner System. The kits are based on two Hughes technologies: HDMI(TM) (High Density Multichip Interconnect) for MCM-D, and LTCC (Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic) for MCM-C packaging.
 "We structured the DecoDesigner Kits to enable our customers to use them with minimum training, leveraging on their expertise in PCB and IC design," said David Zarnow, manager of the Hughes MCM Design Automation Program. Hughes will continue to provide full design services for customers who desire them, he added.
 Hughes provides extensive training and support in the use of the DecoDesigner System and the DecoDesigner Kits at its Newport Beach Design Center. DecoDesigner Kits also include multilesson, self- paced tutorials in MCM product design and verification, assisting designers in achieving design proficiency rapidly. Hughes maintains design automation support and application engineering to assist customers in using the DecoDesigner System tools during product design.
 DecoDesigner provides quick turnaround of MCM physical designs. Depending on the design complexity, Hughes customers are able to produce a verified, artwork-ready MCM-D design in two to six weeks, and an MCM-C design in four to 10 weeks.
 The Basic DecoDesigner Kits, intended for use with Mentor's Hybrid Station Release 8.1 and Cadence DRACULA Version 4, start at $10K. The Advanced DecoDesigner Kits, intended for use with Mentor's MCM Station Release 8.1 and Cadence DRACULA Version 4, start at $15K. The prices include DecoDesigner System training at Hughes' Newport Beach Design Center and one year of call-in hotline support.
 "To become a major supplier of MCMs it's not enough to have a leading edge technology, neither is it enough to have world-class manufacturing," said Dr. Uri Sokolov, manager of strategic business development for Microelectronics. "It is also necessary to provide effective and easy customer access. We have the technology, we have a flexible manufacturing capability that ensures rapid turnaround and low cost. Now, with DecoDesigner Kits, we have satisfied the third customer need -- easy access."
 Hughes Aircraft Co.'s Microelectronics Division designs, manufactures and tests a variety of silicon and gallium arsenide integrated circuits, hybrids and MCMs for defense, space, automotive, communications, industrial and medical markets. The company is located at 500 Superior Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92658. For more information, contact Sandy Edberg, national sales manager for Microelectronics at 714-759-2145. Fax is 714-759-2968.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: DecoDesigner and HDMI are trademarks of Hughes Aircraft Co. Hybrid Station and MCM Station are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corp. DRACULA is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems Inc./
 /CONTACT: David LeFort of Hughes Aircraft Co. Microelectronics, 310-517-5541/


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