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Rendition Selects VirtuaLogic Emulator and Retains IKOS Consulting Services for Development of 3D Graphics Processors.

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 1997--

Low cost of ownership makes IKOS emulation solution

the optimum choice

IKOS Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:IKOS), a leading provider of design verification solutions announced today that Rendition Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.), a leading provider of 3D graphic controllers for personal computers, has selected the IKOS VirtuaLogic emulator and consulting services for early software development and system verification of its next generation 3D graphics chip.

Joan Pendleton, hardware engineering program manager for Rendition noted, "Because of the continuing tight deadlines and increased complexity in the graphics industry, we needed to be able to develop the software early and also do system verification. IKOS' VirtuaLogic technology was an obvious choice based on a number of compelling factors including ease of use, attractive price, and the cost of ownership of the emulation system. We also found that IKOS' consulting services organization has strong expertise in emulation, especially relative to the development of graphics controllers."

"We determined that the cost-effectiveness of VirtuaLogic, coupled with the flexibility to deploy emulation to the software team provided by the Avatar replicates will best suit our long-term emulation needs," Pendleton continued.

The 3D graphics controller market is expanding rapidly and is extremely competitive. It is characterized by rigid market windows and relatively short product life cycles. In order to meet these market windows and maximize the product life cycle, companies such as Rendition need to incorporate full system verification, including hardware and software co-verification early on in the design process. This need is fulfilled through VirtuaLogic's enabling of Virtual First Silicon.

Holly Stump, director of product marketing for IKOS explained, "The hardware and software co-verification needs of companies such as Rendition include the ability to readily implement an affordable emulation solution that can be expanded as design needs increase. IKOS' goal is to enable our customers to exploit the advantages of emulation to unify the entire design team: hardware designers, software developers and system integrators. This is precisely the market we are targeting with our VirtuaLogic and Avatar emulation solutions."

Rendition is utilizing a five-board VirtuaLogic emulator, with the capacity to emulate up to 1 million gates, to verify the graphics chip. The Rendition Verite family of graphics processors is divided into multiple sections, including the embedded graphics RISC core, pixel engine, memory controller, CRT controller, PCI bus master interface and VGA.

In addition to purchasing the VirtuaLogic emulation solution, Rendition is utilizing IKOS' consulting services organization during development. IKOS has provided comprehensive verification services at Rendition in conjunction with the use of the VirtuaLogic emulator. IKOS consulting engineers are working closely with the Rendition design team to ensure full system emulation of the graphics accelerator.

Product Background

The VirtuaLogic and Avatar emulators are based on standard FPGAs and SRAMs Coupled with the unique capabilities of the VirtualWires software technology, VirtuaLogic and Avatar provide a robust, low-cost approach to emulation. The technology enables Virtual First Silicon so that software and system integrators can begin the system and software debug process early on in the verification process, as soon as the chip design is stable, as opposed to waiting for real silicon.

About Rendition

Rendition Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a leading developer and supplier of high-performance, low-cost graphics processors for personal computers. Founded in 1993, the company's products enable entertainment and multimedia users to enjoy the next generation of 2D, 3D and video playback on their PC. The company's Verite 1000 2D/3D processor is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Editors' Choice awards from both PC Magazine and PC Games magazine. Visit Rendition on the World Wide Web at

About IKOS

IKOS Systems Inc. is a technology leader in high-performance design verification solutions including hardware and software simulation for language-based design, logic emulation for hardware/software co-verification and consulting services. The company's mission is to help customers realize their high complexity electronic systems through innovative design verification solutions.

IKOS supports direct sales operation in North America, UK, France, Germany and Japan, and a distribution network throughout Europe and Asia. Corporate headquarters is in California. IKOS Systems Inc. 19050 Pruneridge Ave., Cupertino, Calif., 95014, 408/255-4567. For more information, visit our corporate website at -0-

IKOS, VirtuaLogic and Avatar and Virtual First Silicon are trademarks of IKOS Systems. All other brand or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies and should be treated as such.

CONTACT: IKOS Systems Inc.

Cheryl Lingo, 408/366-8535


Public Relations for IKOS:

Eileen Elam, 415/917-1488


Investor Relations for IKOS:

Doug Sherk/Suzanne Craig/Lisa Laukkanen, 415/296-7383

Josh Passman/Emily Dupree, 212/850-5698
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