Magma's Quartz DRC Physical Verification Now Qualified on UMC's 90-nm Process Technology Nodes

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 19, 2006— Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that its Quartz(TM) DRC has been qualified for designs targeted to UMC's 90-nanometer (nm) processes.

Quartz DRC is the industry's first fully scalable design rule checking (DRC) solution. Leveraging a unique architecture and advanced modeling capabilities, this revolutionary DRC tool allows affordable, massively distributed processing of DRCs in the physical verification flow. With this technology and the right number of processors, virtually any design can be physically verified in two hours. The Quartz DRC and UMC-specific design rule decks are intended to provide designers with faster turnaround times on devices targeted to UMC's 90-nm manufacturing process.

"UMC continually works to provide its customers with design and manufacturing solutions that help ensure silicon success. We believe Quartz DRC can provide significant turnaround time advantages to our mutual customers," said Ken Liou, director of the Design Support division at UMC. "The qualification of Quartz DRC for our 90-nm process and our ongoing collaboration with Magma demonstrates our commitment to enabling our customers to address complex system-on-chip design challenges and shorten their time to market."

"To help minimize the cost of developing ICs, designers need fast, reliable physical verification," said John Lee, general manager of Magma's Physical Verification Business Unit. "We anticipate that UMC's decision qualify Quartz DRC's runsets will make it easier for more customers to leverage advanced process technologies to meet their most challenging design and schedule requirements."

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

Magma is a registered trademark and Quartz 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 about Quartz DRC's ability to verify designs in two hours; and statements about the features and benefits of Magma's software and the UMC's processes 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 the ability of Magma's and UMC's products to produce the desired results, the companies' abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and the companies' decisions to continue working together. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( The companies undertake no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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