Innoveda Develops First Schematic-Free PCB Design Technology

HDL2PCB Solution Dramatically Shortens Product Development Time, Reduces Risks

MARLBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 2002--Innoveda, Inc. (Nasdaq: INOV - news), a leading provider of innovative software and services for the design of advanced electronic products, today announced HDL2PCB, the industry's first schematic-free HDL-to-PCB design technology, designed to dramatically shorten the development cycle for complex printed circuit boards (PCBs). This unique, vendor-independent, language-based design methodology provides easy access to HDL (hardware design language) simulation and verification, and a tight connection to system-level design, reducing the product release risks involved with integrating large, complex devices on a PCB. Innoveda will demonstrate its HDL2PCB technology at DesignCon 2002, Booth #215, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 29-30.

Faster Design, Less Risk

According to Isaac Achler, director of R&D at San Jose, Calif.-based Antares Microsystems, Inc., "Being able to go straight to layout without drawing a schematic is a real breakthrough. To run simulations today involves a cumbersome process of exporting HDL from schematics, which takes time and can generate errors. To avoid these problems, designs could be created natively in HDL. Schematics have to be hand-drawn to get the netlists needed for layout. Schematic entry is especially difficult with large, high pin-count parts. At Antares, we have to split our complex parts onto multiple schematic pages. With technology like Innoveda's HDL2PCB, we'll be able to eliminate that effort and generate our netlists from HDL, without the time and expense of schematic entry. And, by taking the burden off our engineering team, we'll have more time to refine and improve our own products."

Ken Tepper, senior vice president of engineering and marketing for Innoveda's Product Realization Group, said, "HDL2PCB methodology eases engineers' pain. It overcomes difficulties associated with the complexity of large components in schematic entry - library creation, schematic placement and visualization - and error-prone schematic-to-HDL cycles. At the same time, it can help our customers hold down production costs, save time, and eliminate mistakes that can result in missed project schedules and missed market windows. By using HDL2PCB, they can become design-driven rather than paper-driven as they develop complex PCBs."

How It Works

Innoveda's HDL2PCB design environment provides a path from HDL designs to PCB layout, eliminating problems inherent with graphical representation of large, complex components. For input, it accepts graphical or text-based designs created natively in Verilog or HDL. Design entry done natively in HDL offers a seamless transition to and from simulation without schematic representation or translation. The HDL2PCB design environment bypasses the need to draw schematics that typically is required to get a PCB netlist. HDL2PCB interfaces with Innoveda, Cadence and Mentor PCB layouts and can output EdaXML results. HDL2PCB also enables parametric attributes to be merged from an ODBC database.


Innoveda is actively seeking partnerships with companies to optimize this working technology for use by the general market.

About Innoveda

Innoveda, Inc. (Nasdaq "INOV") is a worldwide leader in electronic design automation (EDA) technology, software and services for successful businesses in the consumer electronics, computer, telecommunications, automotive and aerospace industries. The company's innovative solutions are intended to empower people for mission-critical areas of the design process. Headquartered in Marlboro, Mass., Innoveda has sales offices and research centers worldwide. Additional information can be found at:

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release including, without limitation, statements regarding Innoveda's financial projections for any period, strategy, future operations, financial position, prospects, plans, goals and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words "will", "believe", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "expect", "project", "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future transactions or strategic alliances. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including the availability of financial resources, the ability of Innoveda to successfully integrate its business combinations, recent economic uncertainty, weakness in the business of our customers, Innoveda's ability to develop new products and market acceptance of those products, the cyclical nature of the electronics industry, the failure of Innoveda's quarterly results to meet market expectations, the impact of financial charges related to business combinations, the intense competition Innoveda faces, and the other risks described in Innoveda's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2000 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2001, Innoveda's most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and the other public filings made by Innoveda with the SEC, which factors are incorporated herein by reference.

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