AWR and Pulsic Collaborate to Deliver the Next Level of Analog and RFIC Design Automation


Pulsic 's Lyric Router Integrated in Analog Office 2006 via OpenAccess Provides Automatic Routing Capability

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Design Automation Conference - July 24, 2006 - Applied Wave Research, Inc. (AWR® ), and Pulsic Ltd., Bristol, England, today announced that Pulsic's Lyric Automatic Routing(TM) system is now integrated into AWR's Analog Office® 2006 design suite for analog and radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design. Through the Analog Office OpenAccess open standard data access interface (API), interconnects represented by the unique Analog Office Intelligent Net(TM) 2 (iNet2) technology can now be automatically routed in Pulsic's full-featured, automatic, constraint-driven, shaped-based Lyric Automatic Routing system. The new solution enables high-frequency analog, RF, and mixed-signal designers to access the Pulsic routing system without leaving the Analog Office design environment, saving design time, increasing accuracy, and speeding designs to final tape-out.

"The collaboration between AWR and Pulsic provides IC designers with a new level of automation and flexibility in choosing the best tool for a particular design job, " said James Spoto, president and CEO of AWR. "We are pleased to be working with Pulsic in order to provide our customers with access to world class automatic routing technology directly from AWR 's easy-to-use, open design environment, and unified data model. "

"Pulsic's Lyric Automatic Routing system offers the highest quality controlled and constrained automatic routing available on the market, " said Ken Roberts, CEO of Pulsic. "The integration of our leading IC physical design technology into AWR 's industry-leading design software offers a breakthrough solution to create and optimize the design of analog, mixed-signal, and RFICs for our mutual customers."

"We believe that this announcement exemplifies the importance of OpenAccess as an infrastructure enabler for multi-vendor partnerships," said Steve Schulz, president and CEO of Silicon Integration Initiative, Inc. (Si2). "The underlying OpenAccess technology not only enables efficient transfer of design data across applications, it also adds confidence as a community-managed worldwide industry standard." Si2 is an industry consortium of semiconductor, systems electronics, and EDA corporations chartered with improving IC design flow integration and interoperability through collaborative technology and standards.

The AWR/Pulsic interface enables designers to exchange physical data dynamically and seamlessly between Analog Office and the Pulsic router via Si2 's OpenAccess database. Analog and RF intellectual property (IP) blocks can now be designed, analyzed, and then routed quickly and correctly within the Analog Office software, and there is no need for separate netlist generation and physical data translation steps because the designer never leaves the Analog Office platform. The Analog Office iNet2 data structure is maintained through the interface, ensuring concurrent electrical and physical design and analysis within AWR's single, unified design environment.

Pricing and Availability

An early evaluation version of the Analog Office and Lyric router interface will be available directly from AWR in Q3 2006. Current customers should contact AWR direct sales offices or its worldwide distribution channels for detailed pricing and availability of the production release. The combined solution will be demonstrated at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco at AWR booth 2106. Interested customers can also visit appwave.com/register/dac.aspx to schedule a private demo of the interface.

About Applied Wave Research, Inc.

Applied Wave Research is a leading supplier of high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) products for the design of wireless telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, high-speed computers, networking systems, automotive mobility systems, and a variety of other electronics-based products. AWR is a privately-held company and has global development offices, sales offices, training centers, and distribution channels. In September 2005, AWR acquired APLAC Solutions, an emerging leader in simulation and analysis software for analog and RF design. AWR today has over 700 companies deploying its software worldwide, including virtually every major high-frequency electronic component and system supplier. The company is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, California 90245. For more information about AWR and the company's products, please visit www.appwave.com or call 310-726-3000.

About Pulsic

Pulsic Limited is the leading software company in delivering shape-based physical IC design solutions. Pulsic provides advanced physical design automation to high-volume IC markets and specializes in memory, complex analog, custom digital and mixed-signal IC designs. Pulsic 's product range includes hierarchical floorplanning, detailed placement, automatic routing and interactive editing. Pulsic has delivered more than 150 tape-outs with over 40 customers worldwide and is the only supplier of specialized layout automation for memory; six out of the top ten memory manufacturers use Pulsic. Pulsic was founded in January 2000 and is a privately held company, headquartered in Bristol, UK. For more information, email info@pulsic.com, telephone +44 (0)117 325 5000 or visit www.pulsic.com.

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