Cadence Announces Results of the Zero Coupon Zero Yield Senior Convertible Notes Due 2023 Repurchased Upon the Election of Holders

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Aug 15, 2008 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that it received notices from the holders of Zero Coupon Zero Yield Senior Convertible Notes due August 15, 2023 to surrender their notes for repurchase. The holders' option to surrender their notes for repurchase expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 14, 2008.

Cadence has been advised by the trustee, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, that the notes with an aggregate principal amount of $230,207,000 were validly surrendered for repurchase and not withdrawn, and Cadence has repurchased all such notes. The purchase price for the notes was $1,002.50 in cash per $1,000 principal amount of notes. The aggregate purchase price for all of the notes validly surrendered for repurchase and not withdrawn was $230,782,517.50. After the repurchase, a total of $178,000 in principal amount of the notes remains outstanding.

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For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to Cadence's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include Cadence's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2007, Cadence's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2008 and any current reports on Form 8-K Cadence has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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