HOYA Adopts SpringSoft Laker System for Custom Chip Design

Layout Engineers Realize Significant Improvements in User Productivity with Laker Custom Layout System

HSINCHU, Taiwan — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 14, 2009 — SpringSoft, Inc., a global supplier of specialized IC design software, today announced that the Mask Division of Japan tech giant HOYA Corporation adopted the Laker™ Custom Layout System in Japan and China. The Laker software enables HOYA design teams to support the diverse requirements of chip companies across the globe with a consistent, proven implementation flow from design specification through semiconductor mask generation.

HOYA is a global technology company and the leading supplier of innovative and indispensable high-tech products and services based upon its advanced optics technologies, including mask blanks and photomasks that are essential in the production of semiconductor chips. HOYA engineers have come to rely on the patented Laker Magic Cell (MCell™) technology that automates device generation, editing, and manipulation, as well as the Laker schematic-driven layout (SDL) flow to achieve over 50 percent reduction in design time and over 20 percent shorter verification cycles as compared to conventional tools.

“Circuit designs have been getting larger and more complex year after year. Despite these challenges, the Laker layout system makes it possible for us to consistently deliver higher quality designs with shorter delivery lead times to our customers,” said Mr. Toshiharu Uchiumi, general manager of the Design Center in the Mask Division of HOYA.

Mr. Uchiumi added, “Integrating Laker into our tool flow has been a smooth, seamless transition thanks in large part to its inherent ease-of-use and pre-validated PDK support, coupled with the superior professionalism of SpringSoft application engineers.”

“It’s gratifying that HOYA’s experience with our technology has saved their engineers time,” said Duncan McDonald, director of custom IC product marketing at SpringSoft. “We are pleased they feel that our support has helped them easily integrate Laker into their design flow.”

About The Laker Custom Layout System

The Laker layout system offers the power of controllable automation and unmatched interoperability to achieve superior layout results with less effort for analog, mixed-signal, and custom digital designs. More than 300 companies worldwide, including 7 of the top 10 semiconductor companies, have adopted the Laker layout system for designs down to 45 nanometers. For more information about the Laker products, visit: http://www.springsoft.com/products/.

About HOYA Corporation

Hoya Corporation is a global technology company based in Tokyo, Japan, and the leading supplier of innovative and indispensable high-tech products and services based upon its advanced optics technologies. Hoya is active in four fields of business: Electro-Optics makes mask blanks and photomasks for the semiconductor devices and LCD panels, optical lenses for digital cameras, and glass memory disks for HDDs. The Eye Care provides eyeglasses, operates retail shops for contact lenses, and makes intraocular lenses for cataract surgery. The Life Care provides endoscopic system. The Imaging produces SLR/compact digital cameras, interchangeable lenses, lens modules and microlenses. Hoya now has over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates, and employs approximately 35,000 people worldwide.

About SpringSoft

SpringSoft, Inc. (TAIEX: 2473) is a global supplier of specialized automation technologies that accelerate engineers during the design, verification and debug of complex digital, analog and mixed-signal ICs, ASICs, microprocessors, and SoCs. Its award-winning product portfolio features the Novas Verification Enhancement and Laker Custom IC Design solutions used by more than 400 of today's leading IDM and fabless semiconductor companies, foundries, and electronic systems OEMs. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and San Jose, California, SpringSoft is the largest company in Asia specializing in IC design software and a recognized industry leader in customer service with more than 400 employees located in multiple R&D sites and local support offices around the world. For more information, visit www.springsoft.com.

Laker is a trademark of SpringSoft, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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