Coventor Announces CoventorWare for Cadence

Cary, North Carolina – February 10, 2003 - Coventor Inc., the leading supplier of MEMS and Microfluidics design software, today announced a multi-year alliance with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. to offer comprehensive design tools for developing next generation MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) products and systems.

Coventor and Cadence will offer a software toolset that seamlessly integrates Coventor's MEMS-specific design libraries and finite & boundary element analysis capabilities with industry leading mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) design software from Cadence. This will bring together Coventor's ARCHITECT™, ANALYZER™, and INTEGRATOR™ with Virtuoso® Composer, Spectre®, Spectre® RF, Analog Design Environment, DIVA® DRC, and DIVA® LVS from Cadence to offer MEMS developers and IC integrators three software product bundles for simulation, layout, and verification. Coventor will sell the new bundles through the Coventor worldwide MEMS sales channel under the brand name CoventorWare for Cadence™.

Cadence, the leading worldwide supplier of EDA software, provides in its extensive product line a front-to-back analog design solution for full-custom analog and RF chip design. Coventor provides CoventorWare™, a comprehensive suite of MEMS-specific design software. The integrated design flow and software will put full MEMS design capabilities in the hands of thousands of IC designers who use Cadence EDA tools. The first software solutions are expected to become broadly available in the middle of 2003. Some key users have already received a pre-release of select capabilities.

"MEMS are strategic to our customers," said Lavi Lev, Executive Vice President and General Manager of IC Solutions for Cadence in San Jose, California. "By combining our leading mixed- signal IC design tools and teaming up with a leader in MEMS design tools, we can deliver even greater value to our mutual customers. The goal of this alliance is to offer comprehensive design tools for developing next-generation MEMS products and systems."

"Until recently, the designs of our MEMS devices and the integrated circuits that go around the MEMS devices were done by separate teams. Now, CoventorWare's integration with Cadence tools gives our MEMS and IC designers the potential to share design and simulation data seamlessly," said Michael Judy, MEMS Design and CAD Manager of the Micromachined Products Division at Analog Devices. "This will speed up our development effort and will have a positive impact on productivity."

Mike Jamiolkowski, President and CEO of Coventor added, "Our partnership with Cadence will allow us to offer tools that bring first-pass silicon success for IC products enabled by MEMS technology."

About Coventor

Coventor is the leading supplier of integrated MEMS and Microfluidics design tools and methodology. CoventorWare is their comprehensive toolset that promotes MEMS integration and Design for Manufacturability. It seamlessly integrates schematic-driven behavioral system modeling, finite & boundary element modeling, tools for visualizing simulation results, and interfaces with industry-standard IC simulation platforms. Modules can be configured to suit the customer's preferred design flows and methodology. CoventorWare is used to accelerate and manage the design of MEMS across multiple application areas, from RF devices such as switches, FBARs, and resonators to accelerometers, gyroscopes, and inkjets. CoventorWare is used by over 150 commercial customers, including the top 10 MEMS and Microfluidics manufacturers around the globe, and by leading university research and academic programs. Coventor is a privately held company headquartered in Cary, NC, with offices in Cambridge, MA and San Mateo, CA. European headquarters are in Paris, France. Coventor also serves the Asia Pacific through regional distributors. See http://www.coventor.com.
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