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Magma's Blast Plan Pro Version 4.2 Provides Comprehensive Design Planning and Prototyping for Nanometer Designs.

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Design Automation Conference 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2004

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA)

-- Black-box methodology allows pre-RTL design planning,

automatic partitioning, placement and time budgeting to

provide predictable timing closure, and IR-drop driven power

mesh optimization enables efficient power management

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, today announced it has added a black-box methodology for pre-RTL design planning and floorplan generation, including highly automated partitioning, macro placement, time budgeting and pin optimization, to Blast Plan(TM) Pro Version 4.2, a key component of Magma's hierarchical design flow. This version also features the industry's first IR-drop-driven power mesh optimization, enabling efficient power management. With these enhancements, Blast Plan Pro provides a complete design planning and prototyping solution for multimillion-gate nanometer designs.

"Designers today are faced with staggering chip complexity and tight delivery schedules," said Tim Baldwin, technical marketing manager for Magma. "Since its introduction two years ago, several ASIC vendors and customer-owned tooling (COT) flow users have used Blast Plan Pro for full-chip tapeouts of designs with up to 20 million gates. We're pleased to be able to offer our customers enhancements that will allow them to fully optimize their design and provide them the confidence that it will be successfully implemented."

Comprehensive Hierarchical Design

A typical high-end design usually has a mix of existing third-party and internal IP blocks, pre-RTL black boxes that make up the top-level chip architecture and new blocks that bring added functionality. Blast Plan Pro 4.2 efficiently handles black box definitions for the pre-RTL blocks, as well as Magma's patented GlassBox(TM) models. The GlassBox-model approach to data reduction yields a block abstract that contains the physical and timing information, as well as enough of the logic at the periphery of the block to enable optimization across hierarchical boundaries. This approach provides a very efficient means for creating time budgets, optimizing the global timing and chip assembly at the top level without consuming large amounts of memory. With this technology, Blast Plan Pro 4.2 allows customers to handle designs with over 50 million gates.

A typical high-end design also includes rectilinear and abutted blocks. Blast Plan Pro 4.2 now supports both abutted and rectilinear blocks, providing comprehensive hierarchical design support and allowing for easy adoption into existing design flows.

Automatic Macro Placement Provides Predictable Timing Closure

With the advent of multimillion-gate nanometer process technology, designs often have over 200 macros. Manual macro placement is extremely time consuming and reduces quality of results (QoR). Blast Plan Pro's enhanced timing-driven placement and channel sizing technology provides improved QoR, enabling faster timing closure and a more predictable design flow.

Unified Data Model Allows IR Drop and Power Mesh Optimization During Prototyping

Because it is based on the same unified data model as the Blast Rail(TM) power analysis tool and the Blast Fusion(R) physical design system, Blast Plan Pro has access to complete power and physical design data and the same analysis engines. With this tight integration, Blast Plan Pro provides the first and only automatic power-mesh optimization that is integrated within prototyping environment. This unique capability allows designers to perform IR drop and power mesh analysis during prototyping, allowing them to identify and avoid power problems later in the flow.

Pricing and Availability

Blast Plan Pro 4.2 can be previewed at the Design Automation Conference in San Diego, June 7-11. Register online for a demo at DAC at Blast Plan Pro 4.2 will be in production release in June 2004 with pricing starting at $315,000/year for a three-year license.

About Magma Design Automation

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

Forward-looking Statements:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that Blast Plan Pro Version 4.2 has the first IR-drop-driven power mesh optimization and delivers better QoR, faster timing closure and a more predictable design flow for multimillion gate nanometer designs and about the features and benefits of Magma's system, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and its products' abilities to produce desired results. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Magma and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks and Blast Create, Blast Rail, Blast Plan, and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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