Silicon Canvas Acquires Cohesion's AMS Schematic Entry Product

San Jose, Calif. - June 3, 2004 - Silicon Canvas, Inc. today announced it has acquired Cohesion's AMS product. Cohesion is a privately held company and AMS is a schematic entry tool widely used in the analog/mixed-signal custom IC and FPGA design.

The AMS product, also known as ECS, brings an important piece of incremental technology to Silicon Canvas allowing the company to strengthen its offering of complete custom IC design solutions. For some months prior to the acquisition, the company has been working with Cohesion on behalf of a major mutual customer, to jointly integrate AMS with the Silicon Canvas Laker suite of IC design tools. Combining the two companies is simply the natural progression of a very synergistic working relationship. Existing ECS and Laker customers will immediately benefit from the integration of AMS with Laker. Customers can expect Silicon Canvas to widen the lead in the schematic driven layout methodology by offering this advanced technology for hierarchical manipulation, ECO, and layout reuse.

"Laker has been a technology leader in the custom layout design", said Hau-Yung Chen, president of Silicon Canvas, "Cohesion's AMS will enable us to extend our strengths in the Laker platform to deliver a seamless schematic driven layout solutions for analog, mixed-signal and RF designers and offer customers a quantum leap in custom IC design. "Chen further noted, "We are very excited to be able to offer current ECS customers a new opportunity and a new pragmatic path for full custom layout without having to resort to other sub-par layout packages."

"As many as 60,000 engineers have used AMS (ECS) at one time or another," said Jack Murphy, CEO of Cohesion, "AMS and Laker represent reference standard technologies in their respective tool categories. With Silicon Canvas' advanced knowledge in IC layout domain and strong intention to offer the best solution and methodology in custom IC designs, it represents the best interest for current AMS customers to see AMS and Laker under one umbrella." Noted further by Murphy "The current AMS customers can also expect to receive excellent support from Silicon Canvas."

About Cohesion AMS
AMS is a "connectivity-driven" schematic entry tool that keeps track of connectivity as a drawing is made. A net is a database element, and as a net is created, its connectivity is established across all pages and levels of hierarchy. Queries can establish a net's hierarchical name, attributes and cross-probing value. It provides a superior workflow for design creation and verification with powerful editing and debugging tools, real-time access to the entire design, tight integration with downstream applications, architected for team-based concurrent engineering. It was originally developed by the CAD/CAM Group, and then sold to Data I/O, which used it as part of the Synario spinoff. ECS went to Minc when that company bought Synario, and was later acquired by Xilinx. Cohesion becomes the exclusive owner since 2000.

About Laker
The Laker layout system is the next generation full custom layout solution. Its patented Magic Cell, Rule-Driven, and automation technology conservatively deliver six times productivity gains over existing methodologies. With more than 500 chips taped out, Laker is a proven product for designs ranging from analog-mixed signal to multi-million gate SoC designs.

About Silicon Canvas
Silicon Canvas is the technology leader in providing full custom layout solutions. The company develops the Laker suite of tools - a completely new technology founded on best practices in computer software engineering and a clear focus on nanometer design requirements for analog, mixed signal, large complex IC's, ASSP, SoC, and test key designs. Silicon Canvas' custom layout solutions provide more automation and high performance capabilities to any design projects requiring the use of a more effective full custom layout solution. Customers' applications include processors, computing systems, networking, telecommunication and graphics. Silicon Canvas, Inc. is located in San Jose, California. For more information, you can visit our website at, send an email to Email Contact or call us at 408-321-0888.

For more information, please contact:
Silicon Canvas, Inc.
Hau-Yung Chen
Phone: +1 (408) 321-0888
FAX: +1 (408) 321-0880
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