updated 2/28/2011 7:16:00 AM ET 2011-02-28T12:16:00

SAN JOSE, Calif. and LANDSHUT, Germany, Feb. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma® Design Automation (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, and LFoundry, the customer-specific manufacturer of choice for analog, mixed-signal and specialized technologies, today announced the LFoundry's interoperable process design kits (iPDKs) are validated for use with the Titan™ Mixed-Signal Design Platform, Titan Accelerators and FineSim™ circuit simulator for 0.15-micron technology platforms. The combination of Magma's Titan and FineSim software and LFoundry's process technology will accelerate development of analog/mixed-signal (AMS) products, especially for European system-on-chip (SoC) developers.

LFoundry's leading 0.15-micron process offers excellent performance for RF applications, with results comparable to 0.13-micron technologies. This enables designers to manufacture cost-effective products that offer high performance. The Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform is a unified mixed-signal design cockpit with a very high capacity and a very fast database access mechanism. Titan comprises user-friendly full-custom schematic and layout editors, an analog simulation environment integrated with the super-fast and accurate FineSim simulator, correct-by-design schematic-driven layout and integration with Magma's tools for physical verification and digital implementation. The LFoundry iPDK's detailed flow steps and advanced Titan and FineSim capabilities provide LFoundry and Magma customers with improved productivity and faster turnaround time for analog/mixed-signal design.

"LFoundry's philosophy is to provide flexible EDA solutions that increase our customer base and customers' productivity," said Gerhard Spitzlsperger, chief technology officer of LFoundry. "By working with Magma to qualify Titan and FineSim in our recently released iPDK platform, we can enable our customers to increase performance and improve IP reuse and portability while reducing turnaround time."

"In today's market, it is tougher than ever to develop highly differentiated, yet profitable, mixed-signal SoCs," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "The combination of Titan and FineSim with LFoundry process technology provides a comprehensive mixed-signal design solution that accelerates the development process, enabling designers to explore the design space quickly and deliver high-quality designs faster."

LFoundry Process Technology

LFoundry iPDKs will provide designers quick and flexible access to an advanced 0.15-micron foundry platform. The 0.15-micron platform, with I/O voltages of 1.8V, 3.3V and 5.0V on PMOS and NMOS for high-speed and low-leakage applications, includes a modular LDMOS designed for RF and HV applications. Further enhancements include one-time programmable (OTP) memory, SRAM, EEPROM and area-optimized Flash, an 8-bit microcontroller, various ADCs (analog-to-digital converters) and several more modular IP options for advanced system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Titan: Accelerating Analog Design

The Titan environment includes the comprehensive Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform and a set of breakthrough point-tool technologies known as the Titan Accelerators. The Titan Mixed-Signal Platform is the industry's first true mixed-signal design platform. It integrates implementation and verification while delivering first-time-correct, predictable mixed-signal designs. The Titan mixed-signal platform includes user-friendly full-custom schematic and layout editors, an analog simulation environment integrated with the FineSim simulator, correct-by-design schematic-driven layout.

Titan Accelerators are advanced technology solutions that dramatically improve analog/mixed-signal design productivity and reuse. Titan Analog Virtual Prototyper (AVP) is a layout-aware schematic design tool that performs simultaneous electrical and physical co-design for rapid schematic-to-layout convergence. Titan Analog Layout Accelerator (ALX) automates migration of analog cell layouts to new process technologies while preserving design intent. Titan Shape-Based Router (SBR) automates difficult routing tasks to deliver a 10X improvement in routing productivity.

About LFoundry

LFoundry is the customer-specific manufacturer of choice for analog, mixed-signal and specialized technologies, providing 0.15-micron and below foundry technology access to 200mm capacity of more than 30,000 wafer starts per month at its two European manufacturing sites. LFoundry customers benefit from the company's unique "Sicherheit" ... reliability, security and protection for customers, their designs and their IP. Visit LFoundry on the Web at www.lfoundry.com

About Magma

Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software provides the "Fastest Path to Silicon"™ and enables the world's top chip companies to create high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, digital video, networking and other electronic applications. Magma products are used in IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Follow Magma on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MagmaEDA and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Magma. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.

Magma is a registered trademark and "Fastest Path to Silicon," FineSim and Titan 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 the features and benefits of Magma software and LFoundry's process technology 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 LFoundry'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 most recent public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( www.sec.gov ). Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update the information contained in this release or these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT:  Monica Marmie
          Director, Corporate Marketing 
          (408) 565-7689
          mmarmie@magma-da.com

          Dr. Rainer Kaesmaier
          Director, Technical Marketing
          +49 (0) 871 684 0
          press@lfoundry.com

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