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VIEWLOGIC INTRODUCES TWO NEW SIMULATORS BASED ON VANTAGE'S INDUSTRY-LEADING VHDL TECHNOLOGY

 MARLBORO, Mass., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewlogic Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIEW) today introduced ViewSim/VHDL(TM) and ViewVHDL(TM), simulators that leverage the acknowledged VHDL (A) leadership of subsidiary Vantage Analysis Systems, Inc., acquired by Viewlogic in November 1992.
 "This announcement delivers on our promise of making Vantage's leading-edge technology available to our customer base," said Gene Robinson, Viewlogic's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "The new simulators marry the rich capabilities of VantageSpreadsheet, widely considered the de facto standard in high performance VHDL simulation, with Viewlogic's Powerview(R) electronic design automation (EDA) tool suite and framework."
 ViewSim/VHDL, a multi-level VHDL simulator targeted to ASIC and systems designers, combines gate-level and VHDL simulation capabilities in a high-performance simulator with tight connections to ViewDraw(TM) for design entry, ViewTrace(TM) for results display, ViewDebugger(TM) for source-level VHDL debugging, and OpenFrame(R) and ViewSynthesis(TM) tools.
 "With ViewSim/VHDL, we have bridged the ASIC and VHDL disciplines with a best-of-both-worlds solution," said Robinson, emphasizing the simulator's proven language compliance, extensive ASIC libraries, and integration with Powerview's intuitive, consistent interface, debugging environment, and waveform displays.
 For designers who want only a VHDL simulation capability, ViewVHDL provides the industry's premiere language compliance solution in Powerview's flexible coherent environment.
 Both simulators have complete access to SimBus(TM), the industry's first comprehensive simulation backplane, allowing simulators and other tools to interact in parallel and co-simulate as coordinated parts of a super-simulator. Among the simulators and modelers currently available for SimBus are LMC hardware and software models for systems simulation; Verilog-XL and AuSim-VX simulators for Verilog HDL; HSpice, PSpice and ViewSpice for analog simulation; and Zycad XP for gate-level acceleration.
 SimBus compatibility is crucial to system level verification, allowing design teams to mix various model types at different levels and stages of design. As such, it is the linchpin in Viewlogic's simulation strategy, enabling the company to couple VHDL with system, IC, ASIC, FPGA, and PLD capabilities in a single simulation environment.
 "By delivering a world-class VHDL solution on our SimBus, we now offer the industry's most comprehensive simulation backplane -- as well as the most complete model development and system verification environment," Robinson said. "A model development environment provides very fast iteration times to catch errors early in the design cycle, while a system verification environment supports high capacity, high performance, and the inclusion of different model types."
 Today's announcement represents the second phase of development efforts to integrate Vantage technology in the Powerview framework. Compared with the initial encapsulation of VantageSpreadsheet in Powerview which shipped in May, 1993, the ViewSim/VHDL implementation achieves industry-leading coherence and performance from a fusion of the already-proven ViewSim and VantageSpreadsheet simulation engines at the kernel level.
 "Vantage's leadership in the industry is now an intrinsic part of the Viewlogic family," said Robinson. "The synergy between our technologies is so strong that it has produced a higher performance multi-level simulator in a shorter time than we had thought possible," he said.
 ViewVHDL and ViewSim/VHDL will be available on UNIX in Q4 with PC versions to follow.
 ViewVHDL's starting price of $18,500 includes the VHDL simulator, analyzer, and compiler.
 ViewSim/VHDL's starting price of $31,000 includes the VHDL simulator, analyzer, compiler and the same gate-level simulation.
 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 enable electrical engineers to design state-of-the-art electronic products more efficiently, reducing development cost and speeding time-to-market.
 Note: (A) VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) is defined as IEEE standard 1076-1987.
 Note: All products mentioned in this document are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Pecorelli of Viewlogic Systems, Inc., 508-480-0881/
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