Magma Launches “Liberate Me” program for Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS — Delivers Next-generation Physical Verification

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4, 2009 – Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced the availability of the QuartzTM DRC and Quartz LVS 2009.05 physical verification tools. This new version dramatically improves designer productivity and includes functionality improvements for advanced process nodes, including 45/40 and 32/28 nanometer, through optimizations specifically targeted for standard multi-core, multi-CPU computers. To ease adoption, this version offers improved compatibility with third-party legacy physical verification tools. Magma also announced the “Liberate Me” program, enabling engineers to test drive Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS at no charge for 60 days.

When integrated with Magma’s Talus® platform for digital implementation, Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS can slash 1-2 weeks off the tapeout cycle by eliminating all iterations between physical design, and physical verification. Timing and design for manufacturing (DFM) surprises are also eliminated because in-situ metal fill, hotspot fixing and other chip finishing operations are performed within Talus.

“Design complexity more than doubles with every process node. Without significant tool enhancements, designer productivity can plummet,” said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma’s Custom Design Business Unit. “With the performance improvements in the latest release of the Quartz physical verification solutions, Magma extends its technology leadership and enables designers to dramatically shorten project cycles, especially when compared to third-party legacy tools.”

“Liberate Me” Free Trial Program

To free designers from the runtime bottlenecks of legacy tools and make it easier for them to leverage the Quartz tools’ advanced technology to accelerate physical verification of large integrated circuits (ICs), Magma today launched the “Liberate Me” program. This program offers a free 60-day trial of the latest versions of Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS. Engineers can request the software at

About Magma

Magma’s software for designing integrated circuits (ICs) is used to create complex, high-performance chips required in cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma’s EDA software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, enabling the world’s top chip companies to “Design Ahead of the Curve”TM while reducing design time and costs. Magma is headquartered in San Jose, 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

Contact Information

Magma Design Automation Inc.

1650 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA, 95110

tele: 408.565.7500
fax: 408.565.7501

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