Magma Announces Availability of Integrated Advanced Low-Power Reference Flow for IBM-Chartered 90-Nanometer Common Platform

Blast Power-Based Solution Optimizes Dynamic Power, Minimizes Leakage Power, and Supports Automated Power Planning and Analysis

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 27, 2006— Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced the availability of an advanced low-power IC implementation reference flow for the 90-nanometer low-power process offered through the IBM-Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Common Platform. The Magma flow, featuring Blast Power(TM), Blast Fusion(R), Blast Create(TM) and Blast Rail(TM) NX, addresses the three major concerns of power management: dynamic power, leakage power and power distribution. It has been qualified using real-world designs and libraries.

Blast Power optimizes dynamic power by using the flexibility of voltage islands to selectively shut down different regions of a chip, it minimizes leakage power with libraries that automatically select the best cells to satisfy leakage power requirements, and it enables optimal power distribution through automatic power grid synthesis.

The low-power reference flow guides designers through an RTL-to-GDSII methodology enabling fast, optimal timing-versus-power and area-versus-power tradeoffs at different stages of the implementation flow. With the ability to address power considerations during implementation and within a single environment, designers can minimize the power consumption of the design and reduce turnaround time. In addition, manufacturability is now addressed in the place-and-route tech files.

The low-power reference flow is part of Magma's design enablement kit for the IBM-Chartered Common Platform, which also includes a test design that exercises all the low-power features, including automatic level shifter insertion. The RTL-to-GDSII script and methodology guide comprise the rest of the kit, which is qualified by IBM and Chartered and available now through Magma at

"The continued momentum behind the IBM-Chartered Common Platform by key design enablement partners such as Magma will help further accelerate the transition to 90nm and beyond for our mutual customers," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of worldwide marketing and platform alliances at Chartered. "With these production-proven flows, designers have a low-risk approach to getting from concept to silicon and have the flexibility to work with two of the leading manufacturers, minimizing any re-design required to move between them."

"Magma provides a design solution optimized for power reduction and power management that is well-suited to support our low-power process technology," said Steve Longoria, vice president, Semiconductor Common Platform for IBM Systems & Technology Group. "We are pleased to extend this successful relationship which expands the Common Platform ecosystem at 90 nm, enabling clients to maximize the benefits of leading-edge technology and choice."

"We are excited to be able to help extend the benefits of this common platform for customers through our advanced low-power flow, which is optimized for the IBM/Chartered design process," said Michael Ma, vice president of foundry and IP relationships at Magma. "Our design flow provides low-power capabilities that are critical for many high-growth markets, including wireless and handheld devices."

About Magma

Magma's software for integrated circuit (IC) design is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology. The world's top chip companies use Magma's EDA software to design and verify complex, high-performance 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. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Blast Fusion and Magma are registered trademarks, and Blast Power, Blast Create, Blast Rail and "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" are trademarks 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, including statements that the Magma reference flow optimizes dynamic power, minimizes leakage power, and supports automated power planning and analysis, and about the performance of the Magma reference flow, 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, but not limited to Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and its products' abilities to produce desired results. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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