Global Technology Design Services Provider Accent Selects Giga Scale IC's Time Architect

Specification and Estimation Software Will Be Used to Improve Chip Size, Power, Performance Estimates

VIMERCATE, Italy—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 26, 2004— Accent, a leading global technology design services provider, today selected specification and estimation software from Giga Scale Integration Corporation -- Giga Scale IC(TM) -- to automate its current manual system for developing chip size, power and performance estimates made in early stages of design. This will allow Accent to respond quickly to changes in customer requirements and also expand its business into new markets.

Accent will begin immediately standardizing on Giga Scale IC's Time Architect(R), along with its intellectual property (IP) database containing thousands of soft and hard IP elements. Terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed.

Comments Claudio Fasce, Accent's vice president of operations: "Time Architect has tested well against our current proven methods and we found it provides very accurate estimates in a fraction of the time. We will rely on it to quickly provide chip size, IP reuse availability, architectural exploration and design migration estimates, helping us reduce the risk for all new designs."

"Getting accurate estimates in a shorter time will enable Accent to analyze numerous design tradeoffs and allow it to come up with better technical proposals for its customers and to better understand costs and improve margins," says Vin Ratford, Giga Scale IC's president. With its multiple vendor IP catalog and accompanying database, Time Architect will enable Accent to expand its business into new markets, while eliminating design uncertainty, he adds.

Time Architect is easy to use and powerful. With its IP data sets and proprietary Technology Macro Modeling (TM), it creates a Silicon Virtual Model(TM) of the integrated circuit (IC) for rapid creation and exploration of design choices to meet specifications.

Accent will have access to all of Giga Scale IC's databases -- its generic technology database, and also those for Artisan Components (Nasdaq: ARTI) and Virage Logic (Nasdaq: VIRL) models, which currently supports TSMC, UMC and IBM across technology nodes from 250 to 90 nanometers. This will allow Accent to create and evaluate the Silicon Virtual Model of its designs before a foundry has been selected. It can further refine the Silicon Virtual Model and choose the optimum foundry, process variant and IP vendor for the target application.

About Giga Scale IC

Founded in 2003, Giga Scale Integration Corporation -- or Giga Scale IC(TM) -- is a private Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software company based in Cupertino, Calif. Its Time Architect(R) product is used to create a Silicon Virtual Model(TM) (SVM) of an integrated circuit (IC) that estimates area, power, speed and cost for a wide range of technology nodes and processes. Time Architect includes a specification cockpit, floorplanner and estimator driven by a proprietary Technology Macro Modeler and a broad portfolio of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) to create the SVM. The SVM can then be used across the semiconductor supply chain to make tradeoffs and decisions that simultaneously impact technical specifications and financial projections. Giga Scale IC corporate headquarters are located at: 10050 North Wolfe Road, Suite SW1-266, Cupertino, Calif. 95014. Telephone: (408) 255-0444. Facsimile: (408) 255-0344. Email: Web Site:

About Accent

Founded in 1993, Accent is majority-owned by STMicroelectronics. Thanks to the expertise of its over 120 design specialists, Accent is a leader in microelectronic design services and custom IP (intellectual property) development in the areas of telecommunications, multimedia applications and low-power general computing. Accent is a leading supplier of, among other services, System-on-Chip (SOC) design and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) in the realization of microelectronic devices, including the creation of silicon prototypes, digital, analog and mixed signal design, software and firmware design, supply chain management and development of intellectual property.

Time Architect is a registered trademark of Giga Scale Integration Corporation. Giga Scale IC, First Tool in the Design Chain and Silicon Virtual Model are trademarks of Giga Scale Integration Corporation. Accent and Giga Scale IC acknowledge trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

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