Magma Announces Availability of Validated Low-Power RTL-to-GDSII Reference Flow for UMC's Advanced 90-Nanometer Process; Reference Flow Enables State-of-the-Art Low-Power Design Techniques and Faster Time to Silicon

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 21, 2006— Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced the availability of an integrated low-power IC implementation reference flow for UMC's (NYSE:UMC) (TSE:2303), advanced 90-nanometer process. The Magma RTL-to-GDSII flow, featuring Blast Create(TM), Blast Plan(TM) Pro , Blast Fusion(R), Blast Rail(TM) and Blast Power(TM), enables designers to address power considerations during implementation and within a single environment, minimizing the power consumption of the design and reducing turnaround time.

UMC's validation of the Magma flow, which included rigorous quality-of-results testing on actual designs, ensures that mutual customers have a streamlined path from RTL to silicon for their low-power chips.

"The availability of Magma's low-power RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for our 90-nm process demonstrates both companies' commitment to provide resources that help our customers deliver complex, low-power systems on chip (SoCs) more quickly," said Ken Liou, director of the IP and Design Support division at UMC. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Magma for future design-to-silicon solutions."

"We are excited to expand our partnership with UMC, a world leader in IC manufacturing, to now offer this newest flow," said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "Our mutual customers are involved in many high-growth markets, such as consumer and wireless, which require design technology that minimizes power consumption. This joint low-power reference flow is critical in ensuring silicon success within these competitive markets."

About the Magma-UMC Low-Power RTL-to-GDSII Reference Flow

The low-power RTL-to-GDSII reference flow includes required scripts and documentation to enable Magma users to ramp up to UMC's advanced 90-nm process technology and deliver silicon quickly. The reference flow utilizes Magma's Blast Create, Blast Plan Pro, Blast Fusion, Blast Rail and Blast Power products to allow designers to address power integrity throughout the implementation flow. Multiple threshold voltage (multi-Vt) libraries and automatic MTCMOS switch insertion are used to reduce leakage power. In addition, automatic power-grid synthesis automatically generates power grids based on specified constraints, and multi-Vdd support enables dynamic power optimization. With this comprehensive, integrated reference flow, UMC and Magma customers can deliver high-quality results in terms of timing, area, power, signal integrity, manufacturability and reliability while minimizing the design cycle.


Customers can download the reference flow from Magma's website at, or through the UMC website at Included with the customer download kit is a summary document describing the flow, run scripts, a tutorial design, design rule Volcano(TM) and test case results.

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 Plan Pro, Blast Rail, "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon" and Volcano 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-UMC reference flow minimizes power consumption and reduces turnaround time and about UMC's adoption of the 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 and UMC's abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and the companies' 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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