Magma Sues Synopsys for Patent Infringement, Cites Astro and IC Compiler; Complaint Seeks Injunction and Treble Damages

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 25, 2005— Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) today sued Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) claiming that Synopsys' Astro and IC Compiler products infringe a Magma patent. Magma, a provider of semiconductor design software, seeks relief that includes preliminary and permanent injunctions to prevent Synopsys from selling any products -- including IC Compiler and Astro -- that infringe Magma's U.S. Patent 6,505,328 (the '328 patent). The complaint also seeks an award of treble damages based on Synopsys' willful and deliberate infringement of the '328 patent.

The claims are part of Magma's response to a lawsuit Synopsys filed against Magma Sept. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Documents relevant to this matter are available on the Magma website at www.magma-da.com/PatentLitigation.html.

About Magma

Magma is a leading provider of software for semiconductor design. The world's top chip companies use Magma's EDA products to design and verify complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for communications, computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design, and the company's integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"(TM). Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices around the world. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.

Magma is a registered trademark and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-looking Statements:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks inherent in litigation. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( www.sec.gov). Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.



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