Altium Japan announces distribution agreement with Memec Japan

Implementing embedded systems on FPGAs now accessible to mainstream engineers

TOKYO, Japan - September 29, 2004 - Altium Japan KK, a subsidiary of Altium Limited (ASX: ALU), a leading developer of Windows-based electronics design software, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Memec Japan.

Under the terms of the agreement, Altium has authorized Memec Japan to resell its complete board-level design solution, Protel, and its recently-released board-on-chip development system, Nexar. Launched in February 2004, Nexar is a complete development environment that enables engineers to interactively build, test and implement digital systems, including entire processor-based systems, on reprogrammable platforms (FPGAs). Nexar is unique in that unlike any existing FPGA-based development system it includes all the tools required 'in-the-box', provides developers with true design portability and enables a LiveDesign approach to electronics systems development. Memec Japan will also resell a number of Altium's other brands throughout Japan including TASKING, nVisage, CAMtastic, and CircuitStudio.

"Memec Japan has proven experience providing value to their customers through their engineering expertise, active engineering support, and customized design solutions," said Toshihiro Tada, Director of Altium Japan KK. "By adding our design systems to its product line-up, Memec Japan will now be able to offer its customers a revolutionary FPGA design solution that makes developing complete system-level applications on a programmable platform accessible to mainstream engineers for the first time."

"The addition of Altium as a solution partner was based on its leadership in embedded CPUs for the FPGA market," said Chris Norman, President, Memec Japan KK. "In today's market, more and more functionality is being embedded into FPGAs and the fact that Altium's product offering is complimentary and synergistic with our Xilinx FPGA offering allows us to further consolidate our ability to offer our customers a more complete solution to FPGA design."

About Altium Limited
Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) is a global developer and supplier of electronics design software for the Microsoft Windows environment. Founded in 1985, Altium released the world's first Microsoft Windows-based printed circuit board design tool in 1991 and continues to provide advanced, easy-to-use and affordable software design tools to electronics engineers, designers, and developers worldwide. Altium's products offer tailored solutions covering a range of hardware and software design processes including the Nexar, Protel, P-CAD and TASKING brands. Altium is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and has sales and support offices in Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe. More information is available at

About Altium Japan KK
Altium Japan Ltd. is a completely-owned subsidiary of Altium Limited which was established by merging Protel Japan K.K. and Nihon TASKING K.K. on August 2001. Altium Japan performs under the vision of Altium Limited, providing state-of-the-art development tools at affordable prices to make electronics design easier for Japanese engineers. More detail information is available at

About Memec Japan KK
Memec is a global semiconductor distributor specializing in demand creation and servicing the electronics industry with more than 2,400 employees, including over 1,800 field application engineers, technical sales specialists, technical marketing professionals, and account representatives around the world. The company provides original equipment manufacturers with engineering expertise and a portfolio of semiconductor devices, and helps design customized, differentiated products.

Altium, CAMtastic, CircuitStudio, Design Explorer, DXP, LiveDesign, NanoBoard, NanoTalk, Nexar, nVisage, P-CAD, Protel, Situs, TASKING, and Topological Autorouting and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Altium Limited or its subsidiaries. All other registered or unregistered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners, and no trademark rights to the same are claimed.

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