Solido Design Automation Adds Semiconductor Industry Veteran, EDA Visionary to Advisory Board

San Ramon, Calif. - September 29, 2008 - Solido Design Automation today announced that James Hogan, a widely recognized expert in EDA (electronic design automation) tools and technologies, has become a member of the company's Advisory Board. In that capacity, he will draw upon his more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive in EDA and semiconductor intellectual property, manufacturing equipment and fabrication companies to provide strategic and tactical guidance to Solido.

"We're very pleased to add someone of Mr. Hogan's caliber to our Advisory Board, and anticipate that his assistance will be instrumental in helping Solido reach the next levels of success," said Solido President and CEO Amit Gupta. "We feel that attracting such a valuable and experienced resource, who is widely recognized as an expert in the EDA industry, is a validation of our technologies and approach to the challenges of the EDA tools market."

"New tools are becoming an increasingly important requirement in analog EDA, particularly process variation design tools that can prevent circuit failures and over-design in analog/mixed-signal and custom integrated circuits," Mr. Hogan said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Solido in advancing its development and dissemination of such tools."

Mr. Hogan, who now functions as a private investor, was most recently a General Partner at Telos Venture Partners, having previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. Prior to that, he held senior engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, including Executive Fellow, President of Cadence Japan, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, and Corporate Vice President for Field Operations. He has also established global device physics laboratories for National Semiconductor and Phillips Semiconductor, and was Chief Operating Officer of Smart Machines, Inc., a semiconductor equipment automation company.

Mr. Hogan holds BA in mathematics, BS in computer science and MBA degrees from San Jose State University. He serves on the Board of Advisors at the San Jose State University School of Engineering, and on the boards of directors of CiraNova, and Xpedion Design Systems. He has previously served on the boards of directors of ClearShape Technologies and Ponte Solutions.

About Solido Design Automation
Solido Design Automation Inc. provides process variation solutions for transistor-level designers of analog/mixed-signal, custom digital, and memory integrated circuits. The privately held company is venture capital funded and has offices in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Europe. For further information, visit or call 306-382-4100.

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