News Release





Magma Design Automation Inc.

Monica Marmie

Marketing Communications Manager

(408) 864-2027






Will Integrate Test Tools into Magmafs RTL-to-GDSII Design Flow


CUPERTINO, Calif., April 7, 2003 – Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, today announced that SynTest Technologies has joined the MagmaTies program to integrate its design-for-test (DFT) solution with Magmafs fully integrated RTL-to-GDSII IC design flow. SynTest and Magma will work together to establish a fast and comprehensive DFT flow that will include SynTestfs DFT rule checking, boundary scan insertion, built-in self-test (BIST) technologies for testing memory and logic, as well as scan-based automatic test-pattern generation (ATPG) testing. This integration will complement Magmafs existing scan-based DFT methodology.


SynTest plans to integrate its unique VirtualScanTM ATPG test vector compression technologies to generate XtremeCompactTM manufacturing vectors for commercial testers.


Magma and SynTest will work jointly with mutual customers to validate the flow and bring it to production.


gOur customers will benefit from the integration of our test technology with a design flow with such market presence as Magmafs,h said Ravi Apte, SynTestfs vice president of business development. gThe full integration of Magmafs approach to IC design means it can handle complex designs and reduce development cycles. This has clear advantages for designers, and wefre happy to become part of that flow.h


gWefre pleased to have SynTest as a development partner. As the SynTest tools generate synthesizable RTL DFT blocks, it will result in a smooth integration into our Magma flow,h said Nitin Deo, vice president of business development for Magma. gThe addition of SynTestfs test technology will provide even stronger capabilities for our customers as they work on advanced designs.h


About MagmaTies

Through the MagmaTies program, Magma and its partners work together to promote interoperability between Magmafs systems and other EDA software and to develop proven methodologies for getting complex designs to silicon quickly and efficiently. The MagmaTies Design Center Certification program provides members access to Magma solutions, dedicated technical support and sales opportunity referrals. To become a certified member, companies must excel in logic or physical design and be able to provide positive customer references. Also, prospects must complete technical seminars and demonstrate proficiency in using Magma tools.


With access to Magma software and training, certified Magma design centers can offer their customers comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII design capabilities. MagmaTies is open to companies that offer ASIC and semiconductor foundry services, complementary EDA software, design automation libraries, reusable designs and intellectual property (IP), and design services. For information on the MagmaTies program, please e-mail


About Magma Design Automation

Magma software is used to design fast, multimillion-gate integrated circuits, providing gThe Fastest Path from RTL to Siliconh™, to enable chip designers to reduce the time required to produce complex ICs. Magmafs products for prototyping, synthesis, and place & route provide a single executable for RTL-to-GDSII chip design. The company's Blast Create™, Blast Fusion®, Blast Fusion APX™, Blast Plan™ and Blast Noise® products utilize Magmafs patented FixedTiming® methodology and single data model architecture to reduce the timing-closure iterations often required between the logic and physical processes in conventional IC design flows.


Magma maintains headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., as well as facilities in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Durham, N.C.; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Newcastle, Wash.; and in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at


About SynTest

SynTest Technologies, Inc., est. 1990, develops and markets advanced Design-for-Test (DFT) and Design-for-Debug/Diagnosis (DFD) tools throughout the world, to semiconductor companies, system houses and design services providers. The Companyfs products improve an electronic designfs testability and fault coverage and result in reduced defect levels and reduced slippage in Time-to-Market (TTM). They also reduce overall design and test costs, by helping to reduce design iterations as well as the time and reloads on Automatic Test Equipment (ATE). These products include tools for logic BIST, memory BIST, boundary-scan synthesis, DFT testability analysis, scan synthesis, ATPG with XtremeCompactTM test vectors, concurrent fault simulation, silicon debug and diagnosis.


The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices in Taiwan, Korea and Japan, and distributors in Europe and Asia, including Israel.  More information is available at SynTest Technologies is headquartered at 505 South Pastoria Ave., Suite 101, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086. Phone: 408-720-9956. E-mail:




Blast Fusion, Blast Noise, FixedTiming and Magma are registered trademarks, and Blast Create, Blast Fusion APX, Blast Plan and gThe Fastest Path from RTL to Siliconh are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. All other product and company names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.



Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements about the features and benefits of Magmafs system, 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, Magmafs ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and its products ability to produce desired results. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2002 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (gSECh) on February 7, 2003, and from time to time in Magmafs SEC reports. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Magma disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.