Springsoft Expands EDA Patent Portfolio
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Springsoft Expands EDA Patent Portfolio

HSINCHU, Taiwan—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 8, 2008— SpringSoft, Inc., a global supplier of specialized IC design software, today announced that it has been awarded a patent for its rule-based schematic diagram generator, the seventh U.S. patent given to the companys popular Laker Custom IC Design technology. This achievement recognizes the innovation and unique value of the Laker controllable automation technologies that enable chip designers to achieve optimal results faster and with less effort than traditional methods. With this latest award, SpringSoft holds more than 20 active patents in the U.S. and Taiwan for its Novas Verification Enhancement and Laker Custom IC Design technologies.

The newly patented automatic schematic generator is a key component of the Laker analog design platform and schematic-driven layout (SDL) flow used today by hundreds of designers. The tool automatically generates user-readable schematics from imported EDIF, Verilog®, CDL and SPICE netlists, so that designers can quickly understand, reuse and modify legacy designs. The netlists are processed transparently by the generator to identify placement rules, resolve any constraint conflicts, and subsequently place all device symbols in the schematic diagram accordingly.

This is a significant milestone for our company, and one that highlights the dedication and talent of our Laker R&D team. They have demonstrated once again their aptitude for developing innovative, practical custom IC design solutions that help designers to get their jobs done faster without compromising quality of results, said Johnson Teng, chief operating officer of SpringSoft. We are proud of the patent-rich heritage of our entire EDA product portfolio, and remain more committed than ever to bringing the benefits of our specialized automation technologies to the global design community.

Laker History of Innovation

The Laker suite of software solutions is well known for analog, mixed-signal, and full custom digital design and layout. A number of the core automation technologies developed by SpringSoft for the Laker products have been awarded U.S. patents since its introduction in 2001. These include the:

About Laker

The Laker schematic, layout, and automated custom layout tools offer the power of controllable automation and unmatched interoperability to deliver best-in-class flows 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 solution for designs down to 45 nanometer. The Laker solutions support many popular hardware platforms, including major UNIX workstations running Sun Solaris, HP-US, and PC Linux. For more information about the Laker products, visit: http://www.springsoft.com/product/.

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.

Verdi and Laker are trademarks of SpringSoft, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



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