Magma's New Talus Vortex FX Offers Unmatched Capacity and Throughput for Multimillion-Cell Designs

Distributed Smart Sync Technology Yields Only AOCV-, MMMC- and Crosstalk- Enabled Place-and-Route Solution to Deliver 2 Million or More Cells Per Day

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today unveiled Talus® Vortex FX, the first and only integrated circuit (IC) implementation solution to fully utilize distributed computing for place and route. Talus Vortex FX is up to three times faster than Magma's new Talus 1.2, which was also announced today. Talus Vortex FX significantly increases productivity and provides higher capacity, enabling designers to implement multimillion-cell designs flat and to generate 2 million to 5 million cells per day with crosstalk avoidance, advanced on-chip variation (AOCV) and multi-mode multi-corner (MMMC) analysis enabled – while using existing hardware resources. Talus Vortex FX is the ideal solution for very large, complex advanced-node designs.

"Talus Vortex FX catapults Magma's place-and-route technology far beyond anything else out there," said Rajeev Madhavan, Magma chief executive officer. "Our engineering investment in the Distributed Smart Sync™ technology has yielded great benefits for our customers. It puts Magma in the unique position of enabling designers to accelerate the development cycle of more complex and differentiated products without lengthening design cycles, increasing hardware costs or adding resources. This is critically important for customers adopting 28-nanometer (nm) processes and looking forward to 20 nm."

Talus Vortex FX: Innovative Distributed Implementation

Talus Vortex FX, the industry's first distributed management solution for IC implementation, builds on the capabilities of Talus 1.2 to deliver even higher capacity and up to three times additional throughput. Talus Vortex FX's Distributed Smart Sync technology represents a significant breakthrough. It enables concurrent implementation management and smart synchronization of very large designs across a network of machines. This allows designers to fully optimize much larger blocks, significantly shortening turnaround time.

Efficiently Leverages Existing Hardware and Software

Talus Vortex FX enables efficient use of existing hardware and software resources. Talus 1.2's intelligent memory usage allows Talus Vortex FX to run across standard server platforms, typically configured with four to eight processor cores and 64 GB of memory. In addition, Talus Vortex FX is able to leverage existing Talus 1.2 licenses that may be idle.

Easy Adoption, Better Results, Faster Throughput

Talus Vortex FX is already gaining industry support through limited release at select customers. Because it's based on Talus 1.2, Talus Vortex FX is fast and easy to adopt. Magma customers have already been able to validate the throughput benefits on their design data in just a few days.

For more information, download the white paper "Addressing 32/28-nm IC Implementation Challenges with Talus Vortex and Talus Vortex FX" from the Magma website at: (requires registration).

About Magma

Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software provides the "Fastest Path to Silicon"™ and enables the world's top chip companies to create high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for smartphones, cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, digital video, networking and other electronic applications. Magma products are used in IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Follow Magma on Twitter at and on Facebook at Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma and Talus are registered trademarks and Distributed Smart Sync and "Fastest Path to Silicon" are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks and 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 Talus  Vortex FX enables designers to implement multimillion-cell designs flat and to generate 2 million to 5 million cells per day using existing hardware resources and other statements about the features and benefits of Magma software 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 and the company's products' abilities to produce desired results. 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.

CONTACT:  Magma Design Automation

Monica Marmi, Director, Marketing Communications

(408) 565-7689

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