Sigrity Breakthrough Solution for Multi-Domain IO Planning Delivers Unified Data Model for Real-time Evaluation

OrbitIO Planner™ Dynamic IO Planning Solution for ICs, Packages, and Printed Circuit Boards Reduces Iterations and Minimizes Package Complexity

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 21, 2007 - Sigrity, Inc., a market leader in signal and power integrity solutions for ICs, packages, and printed circuit boards, today unveiled OrbitIO Planner - a breakthrough solution enabling dynamic IO planning across the multiple domains of IC, package, and printed circuit board. This unique solution is the first single tool to provide both a full physical view of all the interconnect domains that comprise a system, and offer the ability to explore and optimize the IO interfaces across these domains. Thus it fulfills the critical need for IO optimization as companies increasingly struggle with time and cost issues as a result of poor IO and package planning. OrbitIO Planner addresses the discontinuities that exist in today's design flows by providing a 'big-picture' system view early enough in the design cycle that meaningful changes can be evaluated easily and propagated among domains. The foundation for this capability is a unified data model that merges all of the IC, package, and PCB data into a single data representation, using their native formats. This single data model facilitates real-time evaluation, and what-if exploration of IO assignment and connectivity options. Once the optimized IO plan has been established, the data is pushed back to the originating sources in their native formats.

"The traditional approach to IO planning using spreadsheets and snapshots of static data no longer is viable," said Dr. Jiayuan Fang, president of Sigrity, "as more and more companies face product delays, cost issues, and overly complex designs as a result of poor planning. Package awareness in IC tools is a step in the right direction, but it's limited by the tools' single-die orientation and an inability to plan for multi-die applications such as system-in-package (SiP) or package-on-package (POP). We're pleased that early customers are taking an IO-centric approach to design planning by implementing OrbitIO Planner as the first step in their physical design planning process."

OrbitIO Planner introduces several unique data management and display concepts that help control the amount and variety of data necessary for IO planning. For example, hierarchy and relationships, an inherent concept throughout the product, provides the necessary context for devices relative to their neighbors. Another key aspect is the ability to manage syntactical differences in net names among domains, including scenarios of one-to-many, or many-to-one net mapping. OrbitIO Planner adds the concepts of opacity and gradients to the traditional use of colors and patterns, to denote devices and layer data. The result is a clear, concise view of the entire system with the ability to see through devices. OrbitIO Planner can be applied to a wide variety of package configurations including stacked applications for SiP and POP. It also supports wire bond, flip-chip, surface mount and mixed-die-attachment methods. OrbitIO Planner is compatible with IC design flows from Cadence, Magma, and Synopsys, using standard formats such as LEF/DEF and Open Access, and it supports package and PCB data for most popular systems.

Pricing and Availability
OrbitIO Planner is already in use by early adoption customers; its general release is scheduled for Q3 of 2007 with pricing starting at $58,000 USD for a one-year license. OrbitIO Planner will be supported on Windows and Linux platforms.

About Sigrity
Sigrity, Inc., a privately held U.S. company incorporated in 1998, delivers advanced software solutions for package physical design and for analyzing power and signal integrity in chips, packages and printed circuit boards. Sigrity's patented electrical analysis methodologies run orders of magnitude faster than general-purpose electromagnetic tools, helping leading companies in the semiconductor, computer, graphics, communications and networking industries ensure high performance and reduce time to market. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with global distribution to more than 150 customers through direct sales and representatives worldwide. For more information about how to ensure operational designs by using Sigrity's package physical design and power and signal integrity analysis solutions, please visit:

For more information
Teo Yatman
Sigrity, Inc.
(408) 260-9344 ext. 115

Sarah Miller
ThinkBold Corporate Communications, Inc.
(231) 264-8636
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