Apache Appoints Dr. Ping Yang to Board of Directors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 20, 2006— Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in physical power integrity solutions for system-on-chip (SoC) designs, today announced that Dr. Ping Yang, the former Vice President of Research and Development (R&D) at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has been elected to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Yang worked for TSMC from 1997 until 2005, where he held various executive-level positions, including Vice President of R&D responsible for the research and development of deep sub-micron logic and embedded memory technologies, Senior Vice President of TSMC North America, and Vice President of Design Services and DRAM development. Prior to TSMC, Dr. Yang was employed at Texas Instruments, where he was the Director of Device and Design Flow, and was elected a Texas Instrument Fellow.

Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored two books, published over 120 articles in international scientific journals and holds ten patents.

"We have a tremendous respect for Dr. Yang's extensive business and technical experience and his unique understanding of foundry, IC designs and design tools," said Andrew Yang, CEO of Apache. "We are very excited to have him join Apache's Board of Directors and to work with him in guiding the Company's future direction in physical design analysis and manufacturability for 65/45 nanometer SoC."

About Apache Design Solutions

Apache is an EDA software supplier of innovative next-generation silicon integrity platforms for low-power, high-performance system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. By considering all sources of noise that impacts the design, such as power, signal, package/system IO, substrate and temperature, Apache's silicon integrity platform enables designers of leading networking, wireless, communication, consumer and semiconductor companies to detect, fix and prevent design weaknesses that can result in reduced yield or failed silicon. Apache's vendor neutral platforms enable designers to adopt any industry's standard physical design flow for their toughest design challenges. Apache has direct sales and support offices worldwide with over 40 customers, including 7 of the top 10 semiconductor companies. For more information, visit www.apache-da.com.

Apache Design Solutions, NSPICE, RedHawk, PsiWinder and Vectorless Dynamic are trademarks of Apache Design Solutions, Inc.

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