DesignAdvance Joins Cadence Connections Program

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 28, 2005 -- DesignAdvance™ Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation (EDA) and computer aided design (CAD) design-synthesis software developer, today announced that it has joined the Cadence Connections® program of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) (NASDAQ: CDN). The program promotes open interoperability between Cadence technologies and other companies' design tools.

DesignAdvance's CircuitSpace™ software integrates with the Allegro PCB Editor, and offers interactive PCB component placement that can reduce design time by up to 50%.

"We are pleased to work with Cadence to champion and support open industry standards. Our goal is to provide PCB designers using the Allegro PCB Editor with a seamless interface to our CircuitSpace software to aid them with component placement," said Randy Eager, CEO and co-founder of DesignAdvance.

"Cadence is pleased to have DesignAdvance as a Connections program partner," said Hemant Shah, PCB product marketing director at Cadence. "Our customers want, and expect, greater interoperability from their design software, and integrating CircuitSpace with Allegro PCB technology is a significant step forward for our mutual customers."

CircuitSpace brings user-assisted automation to the current manual process of component placement, reducing design time and pushing products to market sooner at reduced costs. DesignAdvance has exclusively licensed two patented platform technologies, including five patents, developed over the past 11 years at Carnegie Mellon University. With CircuitSpace, the designers specify and/or import relevant constraints, Design Rule Checks (DRCs), and Electrical Rule Checks (ERCs). Sophisticated algorithms then process the data, solving an optimization problem whose result is a board with components placed according to the constraints.

About The Cadence Connections Program

The Cadence Connections program promotes open interoperability in all areas of electronic design including digital, custom IC, analog/mixed-signal and PCB design. By attracting best-in-class partners, Cadence offers the industry's largest collection of third-party solutions operating fully with the Cadence suite of design tools. The Connections Program has over 130 member companies working toward developing an optimized silicon design chain for customers. Information about the Connections Program may be found at www.cadence.com/partners/connections/.

About DesignAdvance Systems, Inc.

DesignAdvance Systems, Inc. develops automated computer aided design (CAD) and electronic design automation (EDA) design-synthesis software tools that reduce the amount of time it takes to design PCB products. For more information, please visit www.designadvance.com.

The company is headquartered at 311 South Craig Street, Suite 303, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Tel: 412 682 0200.

CircuitSpace and DesignAdvance are trademarks of DesignAdvance. All other trademarks and registered trademarks in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:
Georgia Marszalek
ValleyPR for DesignAdvance
650 345 7477

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