At D.A.T.E., SynTest to Showcase Integrated RTL-to-GDSII DFT Flow Featuring Magma Software

Integrated flow simplifies test implementation and
improves overall design turnaround time

SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 16, 2004 - SynTest Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of Design-for-Test (DFT) tools, today announced that it would be showcasing an integrated RTL-to-GDSII DFT flow at the Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Exhibition, February 17-19 in Paris. The flow - featuring the Magmaç (Nasdaq: LAVA) Blast Createâ and Blast Fusionç software, and the SynTest DFT-PRO Plusâ software - was developed by SynTest through the MagmaTies partner program. In initial testing, Magma's software was shown to reduce ASIC design time, and cost and SynTest's software was shown to improve the design's testability while reducing test cost.

The integrated Magma/SynTest flow provides a comprehensive design environment that includes DFT, allowing designers to focus on critical design issues rather than tool integration issues. Adding the DFT structures to the RTL enables designers to quickly carry out "what-if" analysis, and makes the impact of the DFT structures on area, timing, power much more predictable.

Further, checking and fixing of testability rules violations at the RT level helps avoid expensive iterations. This is typically required in traditional flows where the checking is done at the gate-level, after synthesis in the design process.

"With rapidly growing SoC design complexity and size, inserting DFT schemes at the netlist level of abstraction is proving to be a hindrance due to its effect on timing, chip layout planning and implementation. Hence, SynTest DFT-PRO Plus has moved total DFT insertion and DFT rules violation checking & fixing to the RT level. This enables SynTest and Magma, with its Blast Create and Blast Fusion, to offer an integrated RTL-to-GDSII DFT flow that significantly cuts down design costs and time," said Dr. Ravi Apte, senior vice president of strategic marketing for SynTest. "With this integration, our VirtualScan with XtremeCompactâ test data vectors significantly reduces test costs by using a large number of short scan chains and is easier to synthesize into the design because floor planning, timing and power are taken care of upfront."

"A comprehensive DFT feature set is required for all complex designs. SynTest's DFT solution integrates conventional and advanced DFT features in RTL form, providing improved testability for SoC designs without compromising the benefits of an integrated flow, leading to better quality of results and ease of timing closure," said Yatin Trivedi, director of product marketing at Magma Design Automation. "Through interoperability work with SynTest, Magma ensures that customers have flexibility and choice in their DFT implementation."

DFT-PRO Plus™ offers an integrated DFT solution covering virtual scan synthesis and ATPG, memory BIST, and boundary-scan (JTAG) technologies. The corresponding tools generate RTL blocks that fit seamlessly into an existing synthesis flow and enable a one-pass RTL to GDSII synthesis flow, which eases overall design floor planning. VirtualScan helps get a 5x to 50x reduction in the cost of semiconductor testing.

Also included in the package are tools for checking DFT violations and integrating various DFT blocks and design RTL codes. The DFT rules checker can, as an option, offer automatic DFT repair by generating repair logic at RTL, which can alleviate the tedious manual coding at RTL to repair the DFT check violations.

About SynTest
SynTest Technologies, Inc., established 1990, develops and markets advanced design-for-test (DFT) and design-for-debug/diagnosis (DFD) tools throughout the world, to semiconductor companies, system houses, and design service providers. The company's products improve an electronic design's testability and fault coverage and result in reduced defect levels and reduced slippage in time-to-market (TTM). The products also reduce overall design and test costs, by helping to reduce design iterations as well as the time and reloads on automatic test equipment (ATE). These products include tools for logic BIST, memory BIST, boundary-scan synthesis, DFT testability analysis, VirtualScan synthesis and ATPG with XtremeCompact test vectors, concurrent fault simulation, silicon debug and diagnosis. The company, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, has offices in Taiwan, Korea Japan and China, and distributors in Europe and Asia including Israel. More information is available at

Information about Magma's Blast Create, Blast Fusion and other products can be found at

SynTest, DFT-PRO Plus, VirtualScan, and XtremeCompact are trademarks of SynTest Technologies, Inc. Magma and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks and Blast Create is a trademark of Magma Design Automation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that the SynTest/ Magma DFT flow reduces design and test time and cost and statements about the features and benefits of Magma¯s and SynTest's software 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 the ability of Magma's products to produce the desired results and Magma's ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in the parties¯ latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on form 10-K, and any subsequent updates thereto on form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. The parties disclaim any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

ASIC: Application Specific Integrated Circuits
FPGA Field Programmable Gate Arrays
ATE: Automatic Test Equipment
IC: Integrated Circuits
ATPG: Automatic Test Program Generation
IDM: Integrated Device Manufacturer
BIST: Built-In Self-Test IP Intellectual Property
DFT: Design-for-Test
MNC: Multi-National Company
DFD: Design-for-Debug/Diagnosis
SoC: System-on-Chip
EDA: Electronic Design Automation
TTM: Time-to-Market

For more information:
SynTest contact info: Nayan Pradhan, Senior Marketing Manager,
Tel:1- 408-720-9956 ext. 301,