Innoveda Announces Complete High-Speed Board-level Design System

First EE-Centric Approach Enables Fast Comprehensive High-Speed PCB Verification

MARLBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2002--Innoveda, Inc. (Nasdaq: INOV - News), a leading electronic design automation company, today announced the introduction of a complete, integrated, front-to-back system that can dramatically reduce the time, cost and risk associated with high-speed board-level design. This system is the first electrical engineer (EE)-centric approach for addressing high-speed design and signal integrity issues. It is also the first to enable mainstream engineers to conduct exhaustive verification in a reasonable timeframe, ensuring the performance and reliability of products. The company plans to showcase the high-speed design system Jun. 10-12 in Booth #1816 at the Design Automation Conference in New Orleans.

Innoveda"s new high-speed design system covers all phases of board-level design: design definition, physical design and design verification. The system comprises two complementary tool suites - DxDesigner(TM) HSD and PowerPCB(TM) HSD - designed specifically for EEs and PCB designers, respectively.

"This is a natural progression of our tool set," said Brad Griffin, Innoveda"s high-speed product manager, solutions marketing. "It marks a major milestone in the integration and enhancement of Innoveda"s well-known solutions for design definition, PCB design and high-speed analysis. Our unique approach puts EEs in the driver"s seat, with tools that deal with signal integrity issues at all stages of board-level design. It also gives PCB designers a more complete understanding of what EEs intended, promoting tighter collaboration between the two groups. Using this system can eliminate error-prone data passing, increase product reliability, promote efficiency through concurrent design, and free up resources to do other things. By combining the industry"s best high-speed technology with an easy-to-use environment, Innoveda"s high-speed design system offers a great return on investment. We believe it can save companies substantial amounts over time."

Optimized High-Speed Flow

This is the first board-level system to close the gaps between design phases, enabling both EEs and PCB designers to work within their own familiar environment, without having to learn additional tools. For EEs, it simplifies all aspects of revision control by eliminating manual, error-prone passing of data. It also can accurately transmit Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and netlists, thus enabling PCB designers to route directly to an EE"s rules with no interpretation required. The net constraints defined up front can be adjusted and used at every point in the board design process.

In addition, EEs can perform their own pre-planning and pre-route analysis without waiting for a physical database to be built. They can minimize reliance on signal integrity experts by exploring topologies, conducting rapid `what-if" analysis and running exhaustive post-route verification. Running at speeds up to 100 times faster than tools based on general-purpose SPICE simulators, DxDesigner HSD is the only tool suite that quickly can verify the post-route behavior of every net under every operating condition for an entire multiple-board system. In addition, data flows seamlessly between tool suites. By identifying potential problems and resolving them early in the design process - prior to layout - the design team avoids the time and expense of board respins. Complete verification also gives the EE complete "closed-loop" control of the design process, ensuring that final products meet expected tolerances when manufactured.

PCB designers benefit as well. By using the PowerPCB HSD tool suite, they can manage high-speed constraints automatically, place and route the design in interactive or batch mode, and generate all artwork necessary for fabrication. In addition, they can begin placing components while the EE is still building the constraints, thus increasing productivity. During routing, graphical feedback helps designers identify the impact of changes, explore various scenarios and route more quickly.

Pricing and Availability

Priced at approximately $100K in the U.S.A., Innoveda"s new high-speed design system is scheduled to be available this summer. Configurations will vary depending on customer need. Options include products for package design, analog and mixed-signal simulation, and links to the enterprise.

About Innoveda

Innoveda, Inc. (Nasdaq "INOV") is a worldwide leader in electronic design automation (EDA) technology, software and services for businesses in the consumer electronics, computer, telecommunications, automotive and aerospace industries. The company"s innovative solutions are intended to empower people for mission-critical areas of the design process. Headquartered in Marlboro, Mass., Innoveda has sales offices and research centers worldwide. Additional information can be found at:

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release including, without limitation, statements regarding Innoveda"s financial projections for any period, strategy, future operations, financial position, prospects, plans, goals and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words "will", "believe", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "expect", "project", "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future transactions or strategic alliances. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including the availability of financial resources, management"s efforts to reduce expenses in specific business areas or across the company, recent economic uncertainty, weakness in the business of our customers, Innoveda"s ability to develop new products and market acceptance of those products, the effects of business combinations and dispositions and any related financial charges, Innoveda"s ability to successfully integrate its business combinations, the cyclical nature of the electronics industry, the failure of Innoveda"s quarterly results to meet market expectations, the intense competition Innoveda faces, and the other risks described in Innoveda"s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2001 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2002, and the other public filings made by Innoveda with the SEC, which factors are incorporated herein by reference.

Note to editors: Innoveda, the Innoveda logo, DxDesigner, PowerPCB and XTK are trademarks of Innoveda, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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