Magma Introduces Quartz DRC

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – [MONTH/DAY], 2005 – Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced the availability of Quartz DRC, a key component of Magma’s recently announced Cobra 2005.03 release and a result of Magma’s acquisition of Mojave Design. Quartz DRC is architected to process integrated circuit (IC) designs of any size, at any technology node, in two hours or less. It is the first truly scalable physical verification tool, able to provide turnaround time that is up to an order of magnitude faster than existing solutions. Quartz DRC does so by applying fine-grain parallelism across a standard network (“farm”) of heterogeneous Linux machines. “Magma believes that Quartz DRC, and future products based on the Mojave technology, will revolutionize the physical verification and DFM (design for manufacturability) markets,” said John Lee, general manager of Magma’s Physical Verification Business Unit. “The ability to process any design in less than two hours is a revolutionary breakthrough and one that has received tremendous response from our customer base. Additionally, this new architecture provides very accurate and efficient modeling of lithographic and CMP (chemical-mechanical polishing) effects that dominate manufacturability at 90 nanometers (nm) and below, and we are integrating this technology into our design and flow.” With Quartz DRC, design-rule-checking (DRC) time is linear with the number of CPUs, so designers are able to choose the turnaround time that best suits their project needs. “A two-hour turnaround time could save more than a week at the end of the project schedule compared to other commercial products, allowing multiple turns of any full-chip physical design to be made in a single business day,” Lee said. Quartz DRC was Beta tested with select semiconductor and fabless design companies, including Broadcom, NVIDIA and TSMC. All designs tested during the Beta period ran in less than two hours, with peak memory usage up to 10 times less than competitive tools. All runs completed within 32-bit hardware limits. “Quartz DRC is able to verify our larger designs in less than two hours, providing up to a 20x turnaround time improvement compared to our existing verification solution,” said Joe Greco, vice president of Engineering at NVIDIA. “Quartz DRC provides all the necessary commands for the more advanced 90-nm TSMC design rules and enables us to use affordable off-the-rack hardware on our existing Linux farm.” “With our investigation of Quartz DRC we have run recent designs in less than two hours,” said Jeff Echtenkamp, manager at Broadcom. “We’ve experienced major performance improvement by running full DRC on these designs and the initial results look promising.”

Foundry Support

During the Beta test period, Magma worked with the leading foundry, TSMC, to validate the accuracy and performance of Quartz DRC for production on 90- and 65-nm processes. “TSMC has worked with Magma and NVIDIA to qualify Quartz DRC for NVIDIA’s 90-nm designs,” said Ed Wan, senior director, Design Service Marketing at TSMC. “We have tested the accuracy of Quartz DRC, using the same rigorous qualification procedures and test structures we use for all DRC tools. Based on our direct evaluation, we believe Quartz DRC can provide significant turnaround time advantage for NVIDIA and other TSMC customers.”

Availability and Demonstration

Quartz DRC is available now from Magma. This advanced physical verification technology will be demonstrated June 13-16 at the Design Automation Conference in Anaheim in Magma’s booth #2250. Quartz LVS is currently in Beta test and will also be demonstrated at DAC.

About Magma

Magma provides leading software for designing highly complex integrated circuits while maximizing Quality of Results with respect to area, timing and power, and at the same time reducing overall design cycles and costs. Magma provides a complete RTL-to-GDSII design flow that includes prototyping, synthesis, place & route, and signal and power integrity chip design capabilities, capacitance extraction, design for test (DFT), physical verification (DRC/LVS), static and statistical timing analysis, and characterization and modeling in a single executable, offering "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"TM. Magma's software also includes products for advanced logical, physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs), FPGAs and Structured ASICs; capacitance extraction; and characterization and modeling. The company’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma is a registered trademark, and Mojave, Quartz DRC, Quartz LVS and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks, of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks and 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 software based on the Mojave technology will address the physical verification challenges of designs targeted for 65 nanometers and below, and other statements about the features and benefits of Magma’s software, 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 products to produce the desired results and Magma’s ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. 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.