Rio Design Automation's RioMagic and Magma's New Talus Reach Higher Level of Interoperability; Tight Integration Between Tools Ensures Package-Aware Chip Design from RTL-to-GDSII
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Rio Design Automation's RioMagic and Magma's New Talus Reach Higher Level of Interoperability; Tight Integration Between Tools Ensures Package-Aware Chip Design from RTL-to-GDSII

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 13, 2006— Rio Design Automation Inc. today said its RioMagic package-aware chip design software has been integrated with Magma Design Automation's Talus(TM), an integrated circuit (IC) implementation product, extending Talus' RTL-to-GDSII capabilities to include package prototyping.

This integration offers design teams a way to consistently convey chip information to the package engineer under one uniform design environment. It lets designers compare bump mismatches with a new package or floorplan design and to investigate die size/package cost tradeoffs.

Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit, said, "A true chip/package co-design flow can only be achieved when there is a tight integration between design domains. Talus' automated floorplanning combined with RioMagic's automated package-aware I/O site planning is unmatched in the industry for performance and optimal die size."

"The combination of RioMagic and Talus strengthens Talus' automation and extends it into package design to address a complete design problem," said Kaushik Sheth, Rio Design Automation's chief executive officer. "Additionally, development time is reduced from three weeks to two days."

RioMagic, introduced earlier this year, bridges the gap between the design of high-performance ICs, their packages and the rest of the system. Talus' advanced implementation capabilities are designed to reduce the design development cycle and design costs and speed yield ramp-up for ICs targeted at 65-nanometer (nm) and smaller process geometries.

RioMagic enables chip/package I/O planning and optimization through a single data model. This unified data model facilitates the optimization process by bringing all design elements into the synthesis flow for the entire chip and package to be represented simultaneously.

About Rio Design Automation

Rio Design Automation is an electronic design automation (EDA) company bridging the gap between the design of high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) and packages, and a chip's integration with the rest of the electronic system. Its revolutionary approach offers chip designers package-aware software to that enables I/O optimization tradeoffs to take place in the context of the package and the printed circuit board (PCB). Corporate headquarters is located at: 2901 Tasman Drive, Suite 112, Santa Clara, Calif. 95054. Telephone: (408) 844-8038. Facsimile: (408) 844-8945. Email: Website:

About Magma

Magma's software for integrated circuit (IC) design is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology. The world's top chip companies use Magma's EDA software to design and verify complex, high-performance ICs for communications, computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design, and the company's integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers "The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon"(TM). Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices around the world. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma is a registered trademark, and Talus and "The Fastest Path from RTL 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 about the features and benefits of Magma and Rio software generally, and including without limitation statements that the combination of Magma and Rio software provides unmatched performance and area and reduces development time to two days 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 Rio's decisions to continue to work together and the companies' 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 public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Public Relations for Rio Design Automation Inc.
Nanette Collins, 617-437-1822

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