Sigrity Enters IC Package Physical Design Market by Acquiring Technology License from Synopsys; Provides Full Spectrum of Tools to Tackle IC Package Design and Analysis Challenges

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 7, 2006— Sigrity, Inc., the market leader in power and signal integrity software solutions, today announced the acquisition from Synopsys, Inc. of a worldwide perpetual unrestricted license to advanced single and multi-chip IC package design technology, including technology embodied in Synopsys' Encore products. This acquisition also includes assets used by the Encore product team located in Rochester, NY. Encore product team members in technical marketing, R&D and customer support joined Sigrity as part of this acquisition. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The integration of technologies from Synopsys' Encore products with Sigrity's widely adopted power and signal integrity tools will provide design engineers with a complete arsenal of IC design and analysis solutions to design complex IC packages right the first time.

The Encore product line, introduced in the mid-1990s by Xynetix Design Systems, was the first EDA tool developed specifically for physical design of advanced IC packages. Prior to Encore, designers were faced with using mechanical or PCB CAD systems, neither of which provided the intelligence or throughput required for increasingly complex BGA style packages. Encore's unique package-specific architecture and automated functionality significantly reduced cycle times and improved quality. In 1999 Xynetix was acquired by Avant!, which subsequently was acquired by Synopsys in 2002. Throughout this period, Encore continued to evolve to keep pace with new package technologies such as stacked-die, flip-chip and system-in-package. In widespread use by both semiconductor and package manufacturers, the Encore product line delivers unique functionality to produce high-quality designs within the shortest cycle time.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers the market-proven technologies of the Encore product line and bring the highly experienced Encore product team members onboard," said Jiayuan Fang, president of Sigrity. "The combination of the Encore technologies and Sigrity package design and analysis products, in addition to our expertise in package tool development and support, provide our customers optimum capability for handling the most challenging physical design and analysis issues -- ensuring the integrity of their overall package designs."

Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager of the implementation group at Synopsys said, "We've been pleased with the collaborations with Sigrity, and we are looking forward to working together to serve our common customers. Synopsys will continue to maintain its full obligations to its existing customers. Sigrity is well positioned to grow this technology to its full potential."

According to Nozad Karim, vice president of applications engineering and characterization at Amkor Technology, Inc. in Chandler, Arizona, "The combination of Sigrity's outstanding power and signal integrity EDA software solutions with package physical design tools promises to provide a complete package solution that will help package designers design faster and get designs right the first time."

Sigrity's package physical design product, including technologies embodied in Synopsys' Encore product and incorporated with Sigrity's electrical analysis functionalities, will be marketed later this quarter with a product name other than Encore. Pricing information will be available shortly.

About Sigrity

Sigrity, Inc., a privately held U.S. company incorporated in 1998, delivers advanced software solutions for package physical design and for analyzing power and signal integrity in chips, packages and printed circuit boards. Sigrity's patented electrical analysis methodologies run orders of magnitude faster than general-purpose electromagnetic tools, helping leading companies in the semiconductor, computer, graphics, communications and networking industries ensure high performance and reduce time to market. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with direct sales and global distribution through worldwide representatives. For more information about how to ensure operational designs by using Sigrity's package physical design and power and signal integrity analysis solutions, please visit: http://www.sigrity.com.



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