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Advanced Micro Devices Adopts Magma’s FineSim SPICE Circuit Simulator


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Evaluation demonstrates ability to deliver SPICE accuracy while speeding simulation time by 15X

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2007 — Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced today that Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD), a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions, selected Magma’s FineSim™ SPICE as AMD’s circuit simulator of choice for critical analog IP. AMD made the decision after a detailed evaluation in which FineSim SPICE delivered better accuracy and faster runtime than AMD’s existing circuit simulation product – with simulation time up to 15 times faster.

“In the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets, being first to market is everything,” said Ward Vercruysse, CAD director, Computing Solutions Group at AMD. “The circuit simulator we were using no longer met our performance requirements so we tried FineSim SPICE. It accurately simulated a critical design in just 30 hours, much faster than the 11 days our existing tool required. With FineSim SPICE we have much more confidence in our ability to successfully tape out designs and can improve our time to market, which translates directly into project cost savings.”

“FineSim SPICE leverages Magma’s unique Native Parallel Technology™ to provide the accuracy, speed and capacity needed to simulate the most challenging analog designs using single and multi-CPU systems,” said Suk Lee, general manager of Magma’s Custom Design Business Unit. “We’re pleased that AMD was able to achieve such impressive improvements. Their results demonstrate the ability of FineSim SPICE to reduce turnaround time and development costs of advanced analog and mixed-signal designs.”
About FineSim SPICE

FineSim SPICE is a SPICE-level simulation analysis tool that incorporates transistor-level simulation analysis capabilities for analog, digital and mixed-signal designs. FineSim SPICE contains a full SPICE simulation engine with distributed processing that enables customers to simulate large-scale mixed-signal system chips at the transistor level. By providing increased speed and capacity while maintaining full SPICE accuracy, FineSim SPICE enables designers to simulate advanced circuits – such as PLLs, ADCs (analog-to-digital converters), DACs (digital-to-analog converters) and gigahertz SERDES (SERializer/DESerializer) – that they previously would not even attempt using slower traditional SPICE simulators.
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"™ 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 www.magma-da.com.

Magma is a registered trademark, and FineSim, Native Parallel Technology and “Design Ahead of the Curve” 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 that FineSim SPICE provides better accuracy and faster runtime than other circuit simulation products, shortens turnaround time and reduces development costs 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 ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and the company’s products’ abilities to produce desired results and AMD’s decision to continue using FineSim SPICE. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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