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New MAX-LS from Micro Magic, Inc. Dramatically Accelerates SoC Design
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New MAX-LS from Micro Magic, Inc. Dramatically Accelerates SoC Design

Schematic-Driven Layout System Is the Fastest Available for Any Size IC Design

Sunnyvale, CA - June 14, 1999 - Micro Magic, Inc. (MMI) today introduced MAX-LS™, the industry's fastest schematic-driven IC layout editor, and the only one that includes interactive layout generators, real-time DRC, and schematic and layout cross probing. MAX-LS delivers superior productivity to designers through ease-of-use and ease-of-iteration. MAX-LS is also programmable and flexible, and features technology that works seamlessly with all popular IC design point tools. MAX-LS runs on both the Solaris and Linux platforms.

Iterations can be the most time-consuming part of the IC design process. MAX-LS automates and dramatically speeds design iterations, letting designers focus on the unique elements of their IC designs. Designers will realize dramatic timesaving while maintaining total, real-time control of the SoC physical creation process.

Beta Test Performance
MAX-LS is now in use at selected electronics companies in an extensive beta test program. "We selected MAX-LS because our old layout tools just weren't doing the job for us," stated the CEO of a Silicon Valley processor design company. "We really challenged MAX-LS when we needed to load a very large design and make last-minute edits, and the product performed beautifully. The front-end design capture and management was easy, and the layout went extremely fast. We had the design done in a fraction of the time it used to take."

MAX-LS is easy to implement and learn, with flexibility and performance not found in older IC layout tools. "MAX-LS provides IC designers with a unique combination of power, speed, and ease-of-use," stated Mark Santoro, president and CEO of Micro Magic, Inc. "With our collective experience as designers of high-speed ICs, our team brings an unmatched understanding of the design process to the development of MAX-LS and our other products."

Pricing and Availability
MAX-LS is priced at $50,000 per user (U.S. dollars). The product is slated to ship in Q3 1999. MMI products are distributed and supported worldwide by The Shearwater Group, Inc. For more information, visit

About Micro Magic, Inc.

Founded in 1995, Micro Magic, Inc. provided advanced application software and expert services for creating high-speed ICs and systems-on-chips. Founded by expert IC design engineers, the company's products are developed from a superior foundation of design knowledge. MMI serves many segments of the electronics industry including graphics, networking, telecom, computer, and embedded processors. MMI is a self-funded, privately held, and profitable company.

MAX-LS is a trademark of Micro magic, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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    Trying to achieve the performance we needed from commercially-available tools just wasn't working. Over the course of several years, Micro Magic's engineers wound up writing their own tools to help get chips out. Our design services history is unmatched for making tapeout on time. Of course, our clients began to notice that MMI engineers were more efficient, more productive, and started asking about the tools. We responded by making them available to other engineers,and in 1995 the first versions of MAX and SUE were ready for the public..

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