updated 3/31/2011 11:16:25 AM ET 2011-03-31T15:16:25

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, and HDL Design House, creators of re-usable IP cores, verification components and behavioral simulation models, today announced that HDL Design House has adopted the full suite of Magma chip design software, including the Talus® digital IC implementation system and the Titan™ mixed-signal design platform. With Magma as its primary EDA vendor, HDL Design House will now be able to provide its clients with complete mixed-signal system on chip (SoC) design services, and be able to augment their current family of soft digital IP cores with analog IP. Its proven technology leadership was crucial in HDL Design House's decision to standardize on Magma's digital and analog implementation, simulation, verification and characterization software.

"Our customers range from small start-up companies to multi-national corporations in the semiconductor, wireless and medical industries and have varying design requirements," said Predrag Markovic, president and CEO, HDL Design House. "With Magma's full suite of design software, we can accelerate the delivery of our portfolio of design IP, and meet our customers' varying requirements with a combination of world class expertise in, and best-in-class tools for, digital and analog design, verification and characterization."

"Magma offers a broad portfolio of leading-edge technology that solves designers' toughest problems," said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "By providing advanced capabilities, fast performance and high levels of automation, Magma provides HDL Design House with comprehensive solutions that deliver outstanding quality of results and faster turnaround time."

Magma: "Fastest Path to Silicon"™

Offering a truly integrated IC design system and highly automated flow, Magma provides designers with the "Fastest Path to Silicon." The Talus digital implementation system combines traditionally separate front-end and back-end chip design into an integrated flow that's designed to eliminate iterations between the synthesis and place-and-route processes, accelerate the design cycle and reduce IC development costs. The Titan environment includes the comprehensive Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform, and the Titan Accelerators, a set of breakthrough point-tool technologies that integrate with and augment existing analog/mixed-signal design flows. The Titan Accelerators provide unique capabilities that dramatically improve analog design productivity, and enable true analog design reuse. Unlike legacy flows, the Titan Accelerators are next-generation design technologies that provide capabilities for rapidly designing, analyzing and optimizing circuit designs and layouts, and implementing them in today's advanced process geometries. The Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform tightly integrates mixed-signal implementation with digital implementation, circuit simulation, transistor-level extraction and verification – providing a quantum leap in efficiency and productivity for analog designers.

About HDL Design House

The HDL Design House delivers digital and analog, design and verification services, backend services and products in numerous areas of SoC and complex FPGA designs. The company also develops analog and digital IP cores and component (VITAL) models for major SoC product developers. HDL Design House was founded in 2001 and currently employs 60 engineers. HDL Design House was awarded ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 27001:2005 certifications in December 2006/2009 and has achieved certifications from Direct Assessment Services (DAS). Visit HDL Design House on the Web at www.hdl-dh.com.

About Magma

Top semiconductor makers worldwide use Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software to produce chips for electronic applications including tablet computing devices, mobile devices such as smartphones, electronic games, digital video, networking, military/aerospace and memory. Magma products provide the "Fastest Path to Silicon"™ and include software for digital design, analog implementation, mixed-signal design, physical verification, circuit simulation, characterization and yield management. 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 and Talus are registered trademarks, and Titan and "Fastest Path to Silicon" 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 Magma software provides better results, faster turnaround time and reduces development time, and that it will accelerate the delivery of HDL Design House's IP 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 ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and the company's products' abilities to produce desired results and HDL Design House's decision to continue using the Magma software. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( www.sec.gov ). Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Monica Marmie
         Director, Corporate Marketing
         Magma Design Automation
         (408) 565-7689
         mmarmie@magma-da.com
         
         Lloyd Pople
         Magma Press Relations, Europe
         EvokedSet
         +44 7714 765 607
         lloyd@evokedset.com

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