Magma's Talus Selected by IDT as Standard RTL-to-GDSII Platform for Low-Power, High-Performance Chips

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma(r) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that IDT(r) (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.) (Nasdaq:IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, selected Magma's Talus(r) IC implementation software. IDT has deployed the Talus software to its design teams worldwide resulting in the successful tape out of several designs. IDT chose the Talus platform because it offers integrated capabilities that enable the company to reduce the power consumption and increase the performance of its advanced integrated circuits (ICs).

The Talus platform provides key capabilities that enable IDT to meet design requirements. The integrated synthesis and place-and-route capabilities of Talus Design and Talus Vortex deliver better quality of results while increasing designer productivity. Talus Power Pro's seamless integration with Talus Design and Talus Vortex provides efficient handling of multiple-voltage threshold (multi-VT) libraries, significantly reducing power.

"For IDT, productivity is very important. We must continuously deliver innovative technologies and at a rapid pace in order to meet the demands felt by our customers in the computing, communications and consumer markets," said Camille Kokozaki, director of Design Automation Services at IDT. "Our objective is to provide silicon solutions that provide higher performance, lower cost and better power efficiency. The Talus platform, by providing unique integrated features that directly address our design challenges, allows us to significantly accelerate design optimization and thereby achieve our productivity goals."

"Magma's Talus IC implementation software provides advanced capabilities, unequaled integration and automation, and a proven predictable flow," said Kevin Moynihan, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "IDT's selection of Talus for its ICs confirms Magma software's ability to enhance designer productivity and address tough design challenges."

Talus: The Platform for Low-Power, High-Performance Designs

Magma's Talus IC implementation software provides advanced capabilities for high-speed, low-power designs within an integrated and highly automated RTL-to-GDSII flow. The front-end product allows logic designers to synthesize, visualize, evaluate and improve RTL code quality, design constraints, testability requirements and floorplan. Talus also integrates fast, full-featured, high-capacity predictable synthesis capabilities, full and incremental static timing analysis, and power analysis. Magma's physical design solution includes optimization, place and route, useful skew clock generation, floorplanning, power planning, RC extraction and a single, built-in incremental timing analyzer. Based on Magma's unified data model, this platform accurately predicts final timing before detailed placement, eliminates timing closure iterations and enables rapid design closure while taking into account nanometer effects such as on-chip variation (OCV).

The Magma platform also includes advanced power optimization and management capabilities, and implements multiple power-saving design strategies to achieve maximum power reduction. The Magma system integrates low-power analysis and optimization engines throughout the entire RTL-to-GDSII flow. The system supports advanced techniques such as native multi-Vt, automated multi-voltage designs, adaptive voltage scaling using concurrent multicorner optimization and multi-Vdd, and physical implementation that meets leading foundries' nanometer dynamic and leakage power requirements.

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," is a trademark 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 Magma software improves performance and productivity while reducing power and turnaround time, 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 Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology, its products' abilities to produce desired results and IDT's decision to continue using Magma software. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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