Sondrel Adopts Magma's Titan Chip Finishing

Integration With Digital Implementation and Physical Verification Proven to Improve Ease of Use and Turnaround Time

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 23, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma(r) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that Sondrel, Europe's leading physical implementation design consultancy, has adopted Titan(tm) Chip Finishing. Sondrel adopted the Magma software after an extensive evaluation in which Titan's highly automated flow and integration with the Talus(r) digital implementation and Quartz(tm) DRC physical verification products were shown to reduce turnaround time and deliver better quality of results within an easy-to-use, repeatable flow.

With conventional tools, chip integration tasks such as DRC and DFM cleanup, incorporating last-minute engineering change orders (ECOs) and adding manufacturing data, require manual, repetitive steps. Based on Magma's unified data model, Titan, Talus and Quartz DRC work efficiently together to reduce turnaround time. Titan's tight integration eliminates time-consuming, error-prone file transfers between tools and allows the system to retain custom layout edits when other changes have to be made, so designers don't have to re-do manual edits after each ECO. Its high capacity shortens GDSII load times of full layers and enables the GUI to provide real time interactivity even on massive data sets.

"To maintain its leadership position in IC implementation, Sondrel intelligently invests in advanced electronic design automation (EDA) solutions that enable us to deliver highly complex products to market on time and on budget," said Graham Curren, CEO of Sondrel. "With its proven ability to accelerate chip finishing and tight integration with Magma's implementation and physical verification products, Titan is an excellent addition to our flow."

"Incorporating custom elements into an IC greatly increases the design complexity, often causing delivery schedules to slip," said Suk Lee, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "With complete, automated chip finishing and migration capabilities and integration with the digital design flow, Titan provides designers with a significant productivity boost. Sondrel's evaluation results and adoption of Titan validate its ability to deliver high quality of results and reduce turnaround time for analog/mixed-signal ICs."

Titan: An Evolution in Analog/Mixed-Signal Design

Today, analog design flows and teams are isolated from the digital world. Analog integrated circuits are still largely full-custom and painstakingly crafted by hand. In addition to being time-consuming and prone to error, this transistor-level design style does not allow an existing design to be easily transferred to a new foundry or process/technology node. Instead, the migration of such a design effectively requires the circuit to be re-implemented from the ground up. With Titan, analog designers will still apply their expertise in defining the first circuit topology, but porting to new nodes will be significantly easier.

Similar to the leap in efficiency enabled by integration into the digital place-and-route flow, Titan is a giant step forward in automating and standardizing the routing of analog and special signals. Through an intuitive application of layout constraints, either interactively or fully automated through scripts, Titan performs bus routing, shielding, differential pair routing, star routing and other specialized routing in a matter of minutes. Existing manual approaches may take days. This becomes especially useful in the context of ECOs as rerouting can be automatically done with essentially no delay in the schedule.

About Sondrel

Established in 2002, Sondrel is Europe's leading IC consultancy. Its team of highly experienced engineers has completed over 120 designs, all of which were designed right the first time. Having completed 55 designs in process geometries ranging from 90 to 40 nanometers, Sondrel has proven expertise in the most advanced technologies. With offices in the UK, France, Italy, Israel, Sweden and China, Sondrel provides implementation services and methodology consulting to many top semiconductor companies, enabling them improve timescales and to reduce costs. Design capabilities range from design for test (DFT) to place and route (P&R). Utilizing proprietary low-power and optimization methodologies and software solutions, Sondrel engineers are behind many of the most cost-effective solutions on the market today.

About Magma

Magma's software for designing integrated circuits (ICs) is used to create complex, high-performance chips required in cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma's EDA software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, enabling the world's top chip companies to "Design Ahead of the Curve"(tm) while reducing design time and costs. Magma is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices around the world. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma and Talus are registered trademarks, and "Design Ahead of the Curve," Quartz and Titan are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-looking Statements:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that Titan improves the efficiency and productivity of analog designers, seamlessly works with Talus and Quartz DRC products and about the features and benefits of Magma's software and Sondrel's design services 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 Sondrel's decision to continue using Magma software, the ability of Magma's products to produce the desired results and the company's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( The company undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT:  Magma Design Automation Inc.
          Monica Marmie, Director, Marketing Communications 
          (408) 565-7689
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