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VIEWLOGIC INTRODUCES LOW-COST TOOL SUITE FOR PROGRAMMABLE DESIGN ON PERSONAL COMPUTERS

 MARLBORO, Mass., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewlogic Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIEW) today announced the PRO Series(tm), a comprehensive family of low-cost electronic design automation (EDA) solutions that runs on MS-DOS-based personal computers.
 Viewlogic's PRO Series tools meet the functionality and cost requirements of approximately 200,000 electronics engineers worldwide who design programmable logic devices (PLDs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and entry level systems. Such designers today often use tools with limited functionality and that have no growth path to more capable tools.
 "A large number of electronic design engineers will find Viewlogic's PRO Series delivers the right tools for the right price," said Ward Thomas, president and CEO of the T.E.A.M. Corporation, a group of companies focused on providing enterprise-wide solutions in visualization computing. "From a customer's perspective, there's no wasted money or functionality and there is virtually no financial risk with these products. Customers can later decide to move to Viewlogic's Workview(R) or Powerview(R) products and receive 100 percent credit toward those upgrades."
 The EDA CAD T.E.A.M., the largest indirect provider of EDA solutions in North America and a member of The T.E.A.M. Corporation group of companies, is the first appointed by Viewlogic to resell its PRO Series.
 PRO Series solutions range in price from $2,995 to $9,995. A special, 90-day introductory offer reduces the entry price to $1,995. Customers who purchase the initial MS-DOS-based PRO Series tools before June 1 will receive free upgrades to a planned Microsoft Windows version of the product.
 Gene Robinson, Viewlogic's senior vice president of sales and marketing, said: "Viewlogic recognizes that large electronics companies have a range of design requirements, from extremely sophisticated to basic; and customers want to pay for the functionality they need. Providing users with the right size tools when they need them has been Viewlogic's mission since inception. With the PRO Series, Viewlogic continues to meet the needs of the entry-level EDA user, as we've successfully done through our OEM partnerships with various FPGA and PCB vendors.
 "Viewlogic now becomes the only EDA vendor that can cost-effectively address customers' design needs across the full spectrum of application sophistication and computing platforms -- from designing simple PLDs on DOS based PCs using the PRO Series to stimulating complex ASICs, ICs, and full systems using state-of-the-art high-level design methodologies, with Workview PLUS or Powerview," Robinson added.
 Companies can create a unified design environment that addresses all levels of application sophistication because the PRO Series works with Viewlogic's enhanced Workview PLUS tool suite for the Microsoft Windows environment, and to its high-performance Powerview offering for UNIX- based platforms.
 PRO Series Modules
 Viewlogic's initial PRO Series offering contains three modules:
 --- PROcapture provides a flexible and easy-to-use design entry capability. It includes powerful capabilities for PC-based design entry. PROcapture supports unlimited hierarchical design, multiple component views, an on-line symbol editor and the broadest array of symbol sets available. It features tight integration into advanced simulation and analysis capabilities, making it the ideal front-end for top-down programmable and system design. A wide selection of component libraries for PLD, FPGA and TTL-based system design is available.
 Single quantity list price for PROcapture is $2,995.
 --- PROsim takes electronic design through the analysis loop quickly and easily. It provides entry-level systems designers a more powerful, higher-performance simulator than was previously available at this price point. PROsim is a full-timing simulator that accelerates the complete "loop" of design, simulation and analysis. It is tightly integrated to Viewlogic design entry and waveform analysis tools, enabling designers to view simulation results directly on the schematic, and to set up waveforms to drive the simulation.
 Single quantity list price for PROsim is $5,995.
 --- PROdeveloper is an integrated PLD and FPGA design ev?ironment that offers analysis, optimization and layout. It allow easy design specification with the ABEL language, as well as design input from JEDEC format to accommodate existing designs from numerous programmable device vendors. PROdeveloper contains powerful PLD and FPGA optimization and partitioning tools. Partitioning is controlled graphically from the design database. Optimization is performed throughout the implementation - when the design is first compiled, and when it is fit to a particular part, including automatic assignment of pins/nodes, optimizing macro-cells, factoring logic for channel-based FPGAs, and synthesizing to a variety of register types.
 PROdeveloper supports over 250 families of programmable parts comprising more than 4,000 devices. Viewlogic's unique parts selection system automatically matches a designer's criteria to the available parts that actually fit the design, including for complex PLDs and FPGA architectures.
 Suggested list price for PROdeveloper is $9,995.
 Viewlogic also is making available PROinterface links to third-party PC-based PCB layout tools. Initial offerings are for PADS, P-CAD and CADSTAR. In addition, Viewlogic offers the industry's leading EDIF bi- directional interfaces for schematics and netlists. Each PROinterface link costs $1,995.
 Viewlogic's PROcapture, PROsim, PROdeveloper and the initial PROinterface links are available immediately. The company expects to add modules to the PRO Series over time, to provide an increasingly robust EDA solution for users with basic functionality requirements.


Multiple Distribution Channels
 Viewlogic is selling its PRO Series through a newly-established VAR (value-added reseller) distribution channel.
 "VARs are the best and most cost-effective way to reach many electronics designers with application and financial requirements well suited to the PRO Series solution," Robinson said. "We've already had enthusiastic response to the product from leading VARs such as EDA CAD T.E.A.M., TriLogic, and Ward/Davis."
 PRO Series is also available from Viewlogic's direct sales organization, which will focus on large-volume orders from major accounts.
 Founded in 1984, Viewlogic Systems, Inc. is a worldwide supplier of electronic design automation solutions. Viewlogic's software for UNIX- and DOS/Windows-based computing platforms, combined with its broad range of support services, enables electrical engineers to design state-of- the-art electronic products more efficiently, reducing development cost and speeding time to market.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Vincent of Viewlogic Systems Inc., 508-480-0881/
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