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Concept Engineering Adds Transistor-Level Schematic Generator to Nlview Widget Family

With visibility into transistor-level circuit structures, EDA tools incorporating Concept's new T-engine™ make it easier to fine-tune designs for maximum performance

Freiburg, Germany - March 12, 2002 - Concept Engineering today announced the release of a new transistor-level schematic generation engine to complement its Nlview™ Widget product family.

When integrated with EDA tools, Concept Engineering's new product, called T-engine, will help designers of electronic integrated circuits (ICs) and systems on a chip (SoCs) visualize such critical information as circuit structure and timing data at the transistor level, so they can more easily and accurate tune designs for maximum performance. T-engine also makes it easier to understand output results of cell and IP-block characterization tools.

The Nlview Widget product family already generates schematics at the gate, register-transfer, block and system level. With the introduction of T-engine, Concept Engineering will now also be able to provide advanced visualization technology to EDA tool developers who work with transistor-level structures.

"Our customers told us that in addition to schematics showing gates, RTL and blocks, they wanted to see transistor-level schematics from netlist connectivity data," said Gerhard Angst, president and CEO of Concept Engineering. "T-engine is a welcome addition to our Nlview Widget family, and we intend to continue offering one of the most comprehensive schematic-generation solutions for the electronic design automation industry."

T-engine recognizes common device-level circuit patterns, and can detect and analyze serial/parallel circuit paths. It also can perform current flow analysis (i.e., power-to-ground flow) and logic flow analysis including both left-to-right flow and reverse-flow detection for feedback. In addition, T-engine uses new place-and-route techniques developed by Concept Engineering.

Silicon Metrics Corporation, the leading provider of characterization and modeling tools for SOC design teams, has signed an OEM agreement with Concept Engineering to integrate T-engine with its SiliconSmart™ family of products.

"Our characterization tools provide the bridge between transistor-level netlists and gate-level model abstractions," said Guruprasad Rao, co-founder and principal engineer at Silicon Metrics. "We chose Concept Engineering's T-engine for its ability to produce clean transistor-level schematics for complex transistor designs. By coupling a transistor-level schematic viewer with our functional recognition capability, customers will be able to reduce their characterization set up time."

Availability

Concept Engineering's new transistor-level schematic generation engine is available immediately as an optional engine to Nlview Widget Product Family customers.

About Nlview Widgets

Concept Engineering created Nlview Widgets as a family of GUI building blocks that can be easily customized and seamlessly integrated into EDA tools. Nlview Widgets integrate with the most popular GUI development environments, including Qt, Tcl/Tk, MFC, Java and Perl/TK. By adopting Nlview Widgets, EDA tool developers can quickly create GUIs for EDA products with shorter design cycles and lower development and maintenance costs.

About Concept Engineering

Concept Engineering is a privately held company based in Freiburg, Germany, founded in 1990 to develop and market innovative schematic generation and viewing technology for use with logic synthesis, verification, test automation and physical design tools. The company's customers are primarily original equipment EDA tool manufacturers (OEMs), in-house CAD tool developers and semiconductor companies. The company is located at Boetzinger Str.29, D-79111 Freiburg, Germany. Telephone: +49-761-47094-0, Fax: +49-761-47094-29, http://www.concept.de

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