Aprio Establishes Direct Operations in Japan

SANTA CLARA, CA and TOKYO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jul 17, 2006 -- Aprio Technologies, the electronic design automation (EDA) industry's technology leader in design-for-manufacturability (DFM) solutions, today announced the opening of its new branch office in Japan, signaling the company's increasing commitment to support advanced IC manufacturers in this region. The company also announced that it has appointed Takahisa Nakao as its Japan sales director.

This announcement follows the recent opening of Aprio's new sales office in Taiwan (see April 17 announcement) and is one more step in the company's global strategy to fully support the emerging advanced semiconductor manufacturing market.

"The Japan market has now grown to a point which requires a direct channel and presence. We are providing DFM solutions that have substantial impact on this market," remarked Mike Gianfagna, president and CEO of Aprio™. "With this new Aprio office in Japan, we will be able to provide superior local support to our Japanese customers."

Nakao, Aprio's new Japan sales director, has 20 years of experience in the EDA and semiconductor industries. Prior to joining Aprio, he was VP of sales at Pacific Design Inc. He has also held sales manager positions at Synopsys Japan and Seiko Instruments Inc.

About Aprio

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Aprio Technologies Inc. is a leader in design-for-manufacturability (DFM) solutions that ensure successful design and fabrication of nanometer technology semiconductors. At the core of Aprio's offerings is its unique capability to provide correct and accurate information; to designers about manufacturing issues, and to manufacturing engineers about design intent. Aprio's products leverage this capability to help our customers create more reliable and better yielding semiconductors without the need for dramatic changes to their existing design or tapeout flows. For more information, visit Aprio's Web site at www.aprio.com or call +1(408) 855-8088.

© 2006 Aprio Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. Aprio, the Aprio logo, Halo, Trinity Data Model, Manufacturing-Aware Design, Design-Aware Manufacturing and DFM View are trademarks of Aprio Technologies, Inc.

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Aprio U.S. PR contact
Eva Kam
Aprio Technologies Inc.

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Patrick Corcoran
Cain Communications

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Aprio Japan contact
Takahisa Nakao
Aprio Technologies Inc.

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