Magma Selects Legend's MSIM as Simulation Engine and Integrates into RTL-to-GDSII Design Flow

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The integration delivers excellent performance, stability and consistency

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 25, 2005 – Legend Design Technology Inc., a provider of IP characterization and circuit simulation software, today announced that Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, has selected MSIM circuit simulator as the simulation engine of its software system, and successfully integrated MSIM engine into its RTL-to-GDSII design flow. MSIM circuit simulator has been well proven by its excellent accuracy, speed and convergence, especially for nanometer designs.

“For predictable timing results and signal integrity, Magma’s software system will execute lots of circuit simulations 'on the fly' in RTL-to-GDSII design flow. The conventional interfaces between two standalone software tools are loose and inefficient. To enhance the performance, stability and consistency, Magma and Legend have tightly integrated MSIM engine into Magma's software system. This tight integration through sophisticated API has been successfully implemented and verified in actual design environments,” said Premal Buch, general manager of the Analysis Products Business Unit at Magma.

“MSIM has proven its value as a simulation engine in Magma’s software system. We are very pleased to deliver excellent performance, stability and consistency in the product integration. The integrated flow, combining tool sets from Magma and Legend, provides excellent quality of results (QoR) for the deep-submicron and nanometer semiconductor designs,” said Dr. You-Pang Wei, president and chief executive officer of Legend Design Technology, Inc.

About Legend
Legend Design Technology Inc. is a leading provider of characterization and simulation software for semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) blocks in SoC designs. With an emphasis on productivity and value, Legend’s CharFlo-Memory! toolset revolutionizes the time-consuming and error-prone processes associated with characterization. MSIM is Legend’s high-accuracy SPICE circuit simulator with great convergence and extensive model support. Turbo-MSIM is Legend’s high-speed and high-capacity circuit simulator ideal for timing and power simulation, and function verification. Both simulators are well designed for nanometer technology challenges, and provide excellent price performance. For more information, visit www.LegendDesign.com.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, Magma’s abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and its products’ abilities to produce desired results. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma’s latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K, and any subsequent updates thereto on form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Magma disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.




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