Verplex Scoops Top EDA Award

Electron d'Or Acclaims Conformal Logic Equivalence Checker as Most Innovative EDA Product of 2002

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2002--Verplex(TM) Systems Inc., the electronic design automation formal verification market and technology leader, has won the Electron d'Or award in France for EDA tool of 2002 for its high performance, market leading Conformal(TM) Logic Equivalence Checker (LEC). The Electron d'Or awards honor the best electronics products of the year as chosen by a jury of industry experts and end users. The panel cited Conformal's superior performance, capacity and ease-of-use as the reasons underpinning its success.

Conformal LEC has set new performance and usability standards for formal verification, combining increased performance and capacity with ease of use for the rapid and more reliable formal verification of full-chip designs. Crucially, Conformal performs advanced verification on all logic blocks of complex System on Chips (SOCs) from Register Transfer Level (RTL) to the final layout versus schematic (LVS) netlist. This added feature extends Verplex's market into the physical domain, enabling next-generation design tool users to compare final LVS netlists to their RTL golden designs helping them achieve functional closure faster and with more confidence. Furthermore, Conformal provides an independent audit of the design process, thereby catching bugs that tools which use shared technology frequently miss.

Sponsored by leading French electronics journal Electronique, Electron d'Or present awards across eleven categories, including processors, programmable logic, multimedia ICs, telecom ICs, EDA tools and software tools. Catherine Gross, chief technology editor at Electronique, comments: "Verplex has been chosen for its Conformal tool and formal verification technology, which provides high capacity, ease of use along with fast execution times, as needed today for the verification of multi-million gates SoCs."

Dino Caporossi, vice president of corporate marketing at Verplex, adds: "We are all extremely delighted that the hard efforts of our team in developing this first class tool have been recognized by Electron d'Or. Conformal's latest advancements at the LVS netlist level give us the formidable, unique capability to verify the latest physical design closure flows and puts us even further ahead of our competition."

The 2002 awards took place in June at a ceremony held at Groupe Tests' headquarters in Paris.

About Verplex

Verplex Systems Inc. is an electronic design automation (EDA) company focused on delivering high-speed, high-capacity and easy-to-use formal verification products for complex system-on-chip (SOC) design. Founded in 1997, it is privately held and funded by leading venture capital firms. Corporate headquarters is located at 300 Montague Expressway, Suite 100, Milpitas, Calif. 95035. Telephone: (408) 586-0300. Facsimile: (408) 586-0230. Email: Online information is found at its web site:

About Electronique

Electronique, one of the publications of Group Tests, is the only French-language monthly magazine to bring practical and technological information to design engineers. To its 70,000 readers, Electronique provides a survey of the latest innovations, applications, along with a buyer's guide and news from the companies.

Verplex, Conformal and BlackTie are trademarks of Verplex Systems Inc. All other companies and products referenced herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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