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QUICKTURN ENHANCES DEBUG CAPABILITY FOR EMULATION USERS; QUICKTURN MOVES TOWARDS OPEN-ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY

 HAMBURG, Germany., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the EuroDAC conference, Quickturn Design Systems Inc. took a decisive step towards an open-environment strategy by announcing its support of Tektronix's popular DAS (Digital Analysis System) for use with the Quickturn Enterprise Emulation System 330.
 Quickturn unveiled a new, powerful design-debugging tool, the Logic Analyzer-External (LAX). The LAX interfaces with the Tektronix DAS 9200 and provides 416 electronically connectable probe links to the Quickturn Enterprise Emulation System(TM) for testing the design of integrated circuits.
 The Enterprise Emulation System 330, the world's first turnkey system to complement logic emulation with an automatic memory-emulation capability, provides 330,000 logic gates and up to 64 MB of memory. The Enterprise Emulation System 330 applies specialized resources where they can be more efficiently employed: FPGAs for the logic blocks being emulated, memory components for on-chip memory, and the Quickturn proprietary Multiplexing Interconnect Chip(TM) for interconnections between large logic blocks. Customers benefit from increased capacity and speed, with shorter design iteration cycles.
 Quickturn's LAX includes a special Enterprise system board with a LAX physical interface and integration software. Quickturn sells this new product for $7,500 for hardware and software. Now in beta testing, the Quickturn LAX will enter production in the fourth quarter of 1993.
 "Our support for the Tektronix DAS demonstrates our intent to open the unique Quickturn emulation environment," said Ravi Sundararajan, product manager of Quickturn. "Our new LAX product will address the needs of high-end customers, such as high-capacity integrated circuit(IC) designers, enabling them to debug their designs quickly and efficiently at the instruction level."
 The Quickturn LAX will prove useful for telecommunications, military/aerospace and commercial applications where complex triggering conditions can help detect problems in data flow. "Any customer requiring access to the rich features of a commercial logic analyzer would find our LAX product extremely valuable," added Sundararajan.
 By expanding the number of user-definable events and states, the Quickturn LAX helps recreate events with complex triggering conditions. This greatly simplifies the debug process especially for designs which need access to in-circuit debug features such as microprocessors. The LAX can also synchronize events and signals between multiple Enterprise Emulation Systems. And it can assist in symbolic debug, where the user can specify mnemonics and labels displayed in place of numeric values.
 The DAS LAX Interface will benefit users of the Quickturn Enterprise Emulation System 330 by providing 100 MHz sample-and-acquisition clocks capable of handling the fastest emulations, and by offering a choice of vector depths -- 8k, 32k, 128k, 256k or 512k. In addition, the Tektronix DAS can connect via an Ethernet interface to Sun SPARC stations, as well as to HP9000 and IBM RISC System/6000 workstations. The Tektronix DAS also includes an X-Windows interface to display results on the user's workstation.
 Quickturn Background
 Privately held Quickturn Design Systems Inc. developed the world's first turnkey reprogrammable emulation systems for IC and system design, and leads the market for reprogrammable systems and software. Quickturn's emulation products are used to verify designs of systems that use ASICs and fully customized chips prior to manufacturing. By significantly reducing project risk, lowing development costs and dramatically shortening time-to-market, Quickturn's emulation technology is becoming increasingly important to the electronic design process worldwide.
 Quickturn's headquarters are located at 440 Clyde Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043. Telephone, 415-967-3300. Sales offices are located throughout the U.S. and Europe; sales in Japan are handled through a local distributor.
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 /CONTACT: Nanette M. Sisk of Quickturn, 415-694-6535; or Marla Kertzman of Wilson McHenry Co., 415-592-7600, for Quickturn/


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