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Cadence Acquires Q Design Automation, Inc., Adds Process Migration to Virtuoso Custom Platform
Customers Praise QDA Migrate's Productivity, Ease of Use and Hierarchy Preservation

SAN JOSE, Calif., 05 Jan 2004

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Q Design Automation, Inc. (QDA), a privately held company and the leading provider of innovative solutions for migrating and optimizing IC layout, a critical bottleneck in today's designs. The terms of the acquisition, which adds layout productivity capabilities to the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform, were not disclosed.

QDA's migration and creation products include Qtrek Migrate, which enables rapid migration of existing designs to new or altered process technologies, and Qtrek Create, which provides layout optimization and design rule enforcement.

"Layout is a significant time sink for customers, so giving them the ability to reuse hard IP through efficient migration offers a significant productivity gain," said Lavi Lev, executive vice president and general manager of the Implementation Division. "QDA's technologies complement our existing VLE and VXL layout products and meet our criteria for providing custom designers with world class, productivity enhancing capabilities. Customers we've surveyed rate Qtrek Migrate higher than competing solutions in critical productivity areas of ease of use and hierarchy preservation."

"This move is a win for QDA and for our combined customer base," said David Marple, CEO of QDA. "The acquisition gives QDA excellent access to the custom layout market and ensures even tighter integration with the Virtuoso platform, which is the platform of choice for the majority of layout designers."

"Rambus is focused on providing our customers with the most efficient design layout possible," Samir Patel, vice president, Memory Interface Division of Rambus. "By deploying Qtrek-Migrate as part of our design environment for our RDRAM and Yellowstone interfaces, we have the ability to rapidly create and retarget our designs to new processes. This allows us to retain the layout hierarchy and p-cell structure for a better migration path to 90nm process technology."

Cadence expects to begin offering QDA's technology in the first quarter of 2004 as part of its Virtuoso layout design platform.

About Cadence
Cadence is the largest supplier of electronic design technologies, methodology services, and design services. Cadence solutions are used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics based products. With approximately 4,800 employees and 2002 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the company, its products and services is available at www.cadence.com.

For more information, please contact:
Judy Erkanat
direct:408-894-2302
jerkanat@cadence.com
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.


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