Sierra Design Automation Starts India Operations -- Continues Aggressive Expansion Plans; Focus on Supporting Growing Customer Base and Product Engineering

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 8, 2006— Sierra Design Automation, Inc., the leader in high-performance IC implementation solutions, today announced that it has established offices in India to support the growing adoption of its products. Sierra Design Automation Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Design Automation, Inc., will be based in Bangalore, India and will be headed by Raja Subramaniam, General Manager, Sierra Design Automation Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Subramaniam joins Sierra after a 9 year stint at Synopsys, most recently handling sales in South Asia and India. He was instrumental in setting up the Synopsys sales and support operations in India. Prior to Synopsys, he was a part of the R&D team in Mentor Graphics, Singapore, and also responsible for starting IC design services for Future Techno Designs. Mr. Subramaniam has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University.

"Our customer base continues to expand and a lot of our customers are designing some of the most advanced chips in India," said Pravin Madhani, President and CEO, Sierra Design Automation, Inc. "Sierra is committing resources to provide the next generation of advanced EDA solutions and real-time support to the growing design and development teams in India. I am also excited to have Raja on board -- he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local market which will be instrumental to our success."

About Sierra Design Automation and Pinnacle

Sierra Design Automation is a privately funded EDA company founded in January 2003. The Company's world-class EDA team is focused on providing semiconductor designers with innovative IC implementation solutions that comprehensively address the performance, capacity, time-to-market, and variability challenges occurring at the 90nm and 65nm process nodes. Pinnacle, Sierra's flagship product suite, provides "The Fastest and the Best Design for Variability Solution for the Biggest Chips." Built on revolutionary architecture and with a signoff quality timer native to the kernel, Pinnacle delivers the best performance in the shortest possible time. Pinnacle's Adaptive variability engine analyzes and optimizes for DFV throughout the flow. Pinnacle's open architecture and ultra-compact database handle extremely large capacities and seamlessly plug into existing design flows. For further information visit:

Sierra Design Automation and Pinnacle are trademarks of Sierra Design Automation, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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