News release

Date: 16th February 2012

Magma Enables ZiiLABS to Double the Performance, Cut Power by Half on 100-Core ZMS-40 Processor

Talus 1.2, Tekton, QCP, FineSim SPICE and Quartz DRC/LVS to be deployed for next-generation designs

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012 – Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that ZiiLABS, a pioneering media processor and platform company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd), has implemented its 14th design using Magma’s software. The recently announced 100-core ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor combines 96 of ZiiLABS' StemCell media processing cores with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex™-A9 CPUs to deliver stunning multi-tasking application and media processing performance and is optimized for Android-based handheld and tablet computing applications. By doubling the number of StemCell Media processors compared to the previous ZMS-20, the ZMS-40 delivers twice the peak media performance. Alternatively, the ZMS-40’s larger array can be run at lower clock speeds to achieve the same performance as the ZMS-20 while consuming up to 50 percent less power. The Magma software was instrumental in enabling ZiiLABS to tape out the ZMS40 while maintaining an aggressive design schedule. As a result of this latest success, ZiiLABS will deploy the Talus® 1.2 IC implementation system, Tekton™ static timing analysis, QCP™ extraction, FineSim™ SPICE circuit simulation and Quartz™ DRC/LVS physical verification solutions on its next-generation designs.

In 2000 ZiiLABS, then 3Dlabs, was the first company ever to tape out a design using Magma’s then nascent IC implementation software. In commemoration of the first tape out and in recognition of ZiiLABS’ latest design milestone, Magma presented ZiiLABS’ Vice President of Technical Strategy, Paul Pontin, with the SiliconOne Leadership award.

“For over a decade, Magma has been instrumental in allowing us to meet our customers’ ever-increasing demands for innovation, phenomenal performance and value," said Pontin. “Magma software continues to provide the most advanced features, capacity and turnaround time and the company’s responsive and professional engineering support gives us complete confidence in our ability to achieve silicon success.”

“Our close, long-term relationship with ZiiLABS has been invaluable in helping us understand the changing requirements of the exploding handheld and tablet computing market,” said Premal Buch. “As a result, we’ve been able to leverage the tight integration enabled by Magma’s unified datamodel to develop a flow that provides better efficiency and higher productivity while streamlining deployment.”

Magma: An Advanced Flow for Complex, Next-Generation Designs
The Magma flow provides several key capabilities that ensure better quality of results and faster turnaround time for complex, next-generation designs. The Talus IC implementation solution includes advanced placement technology, robust multi-mode multi-corner (MMMC) clock tree synthesis and advanced on-chip variation (AOCV)-aware full-flow MMMC optimization, allowing designers to meet top-level timing goals and ensure that total chip area is minimized. Tekton performs extremely fast, multi-scenario analysis on a single machine and provides the accuracy of existing sign-off solutions. The QCP extractor provides near-linear scalability on multi-processor machines as well as highly efficient distributed processing to handle increasing design sizes and the exploding number of corner scenarios at 28 nm. FineSim SPICE multi-CPU/multi-machine circuit simulator enables the simulation of very large analog/mixed-signal designs with true SPICE accuracy. Quartz DRC/LVS is the first truly scalable physical verification solution, able to provide turnaround time that is up to an order of magnitude faster than existing solutions while using existing compute resources.

About Magma
Leading semiconductor companies worldwide, including 16 of the top 20, use Magma’s electronic design automation (EDA) software to produce chips for a wide variety of vertical markets including tablet computing, mobile devices, electronic games, digital video, networking, military/aerospace and memory. Silicon One, Magma’s technology solutions for emerging silicon, address time to market, product differentiation, cost and performance while making silicon more profitable. Magma products include software for digital design, analog implementation, mixed-signal design, physical verification, circuit simulation, characterization and yield management. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Follow Magma on Twitter at and on Facebook at Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

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Magma and Talus are registered trademarks and FineSim, QCP, Quartz and Tekton are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product, company and institution names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-looking Statements:
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that ZiiLABS will use Magma software on 28-nm designs and statements about the features and benefits of Magma and ZiiLABS product 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 ZiiLABS’ decision to continue using Magma software, the ability of Magma and ZiiLABS products and services to produce the desired results and the companies’ abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( The company undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Magma Design Automation
Monica Marmie
Director, Corporate Marketing
(408) 565-7689

Nicky Denovan
Magma Press Relations, Europe
Tel: +44 (0)118 3282782
Email: nicky[at]evokedset[dot]com

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