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QUAD DESIGN AGREES TO MERGE WITH VIEWLOGIC SYSTEMS

 MARLBORO, Mass., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewlogic Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ: VIEW) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Quad Design Technology, Inc. (Camarillo, Calif.), the leading supplier of timing and signal analysis software for complex, high-performance digital circuits used in semiconductors and printed circuit boards (PCBs).
 Under the agreement, Viewlogic will issue 872,700 shares of its Common Stock to Quad Design's shareholders in exchange for all equity interests in Quad Design. Quad Design will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Viewlogic under the merger, which will be accounted for as a pooling of interests. The closing, which is subject to approval from the California Department of Corporations and other closing conditions, is anticipated to occur on or before
March 31, 1993. Quad Design's products analyze timing and detect the cross-talk and transmission line interference generated by high-speed electronic signals. Such problems can cause circuits to fail; undetected before layout, they can greatly prolong circuit design time, which can result in higher design costs and lost revenues for electronics companies.
 The merger with Quad Design further augments Viewlogic's growing range of state-of-the-art, integrated electronic design automation (EDA) solutions, and follows its recent merger with Vantage Analysis Systems, Inc. Both Quad and Vantage have been growing, have already achieved profitability, and hold leading positions in strategic segments of the EDA industry that are key to Viewlogic's long-term growth.
 "By merging with Quad Design, Viewlogic immediately secures a leadership position in another increasingly important segment of the design automation market," said Alain J. Hanover, Viewlogic's president and chief executive officer. "Quad's powerful array of technologies for timing and signal analysis are so critical they are key components of many major EDA vendors' products and are used by a who's who of electronics companies."
 Hanover added, "Viewlogic's merger model is unique in this industry, in that we focus on having each new member of our corporate family continue doing what made them successful in the first place. As with Vantage, our plan is to integrate Quad's technologies into Viewlogic's mainstream products, while Quad continues to focus on its point tool products."
 With the merger of Viewlogic and Quad Design Technology, Viewlogic will:
 -- Immediately become the technology and market leader in timing and signal analysis for all types of digital designs;
 -- Obtain the critical elements to drive the growth of the timing analysis market by synergistically combining the accuracy and performance of the Quad tools with the usability and openness of the Viewlogic Powerview(R) design environment;
 -- uniquely possess a key element that is becoming critically important to high level synthesis-based solutions;
 -- further achieve its vision of "Unified Multi-Methodology Design", where integrated tools perform in an environment in which the user can choose from a variety of design methodologies.
 Quad's innovative products complement and add unique, state-of-the- art capabilities to Viewlogic's EDA offerings. Timing and signal analysis are becoming vital enablers for high-level design synthesis as chip densities and speeds increase, and engineers come under greater pressure to design more complex, higher-performance electronic devices in less time to meet market demands. According to Bob Beachler, EDA senior industry analyst at Dataquest Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), timing and signal analysis tools are poised to become one of the fastest growing segments of the EDA industry over the next three years.
 The integration of Quad's powerful tools into Viewlogic's Powerview design environment is greatly simplified by Powerview's open, standards- based architecture. Powerview will give Quad's MOTIVE, TLC, XTK and PDQ products the same easy-to-use graphical interface and tight integration to Viewlogic's high-performance tool suite.
 Larry Rubin, president of Quad Design, said, "Through its philosophy of providing an open, standards-based design environment that lets customers easily integrate best-of-breed tools, we believe that Viewlogic represents the future of EDA. By contributing our expertise in timing and signal analysis, Quad is now a full partner in Viewlogic's powerful vision of a unified multi-methodology design environment.
 "Ours are not only the most effective tools for helping designers hone in on real problems in their designs," Rubin said, "they are critical enablers. For example, designing state-of-the-art products such as RISC architecture computers would be difficult without them."
 Quad Design, a privately held company founded in 1987, had revenues of $5.3 million and net income of $600,000 in the 12 months ended December 31, 1992. In the 1991 calendar year, Quad generated earnings of $200,000 on revenues of $3.8 million.
 In 1992, Viewlogic Systems reported revenues of $65.8 million, up 37 percent over the year-earlier period, and net income of $7.5 million, a 117 percent increase over 1991.
 Founded in 1984, Viewlogic Systems, Inc. develops and markets the Powerview and Workview(R) families of high-performance electronic design automation tools for use on UNIX- and DOS/Windows-based computers, respectively. The company also offers the PRO Series, a family of entry-level tools for lower complexity designs including programmable logic devices (PLDs) and field-programmable gate arrays(FPGAs). Viewlogic's strategy is to provide solutions that are specifically designed to be easily integrated with third-party and in-house tools, enabling electronics companies to optimize their massive investments in design automation. This strategy has enabled Viewlogic to be one of the fastest-growing companies in the EDA market.
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 /CONTACT: Ronald R. Benanto of Viewlogic Systems, Inc., 508-480-0881/
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