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Concept Engineering Simplifies Actel's FPGA Design Process

Actel Adds Concept Engineering's Schematic Viewing Widget to Designer Series Software

Freiburg, Germany – May 31, 2000 – Concept Engineering, the industry leader in schematic generation and viewing technology, today announced that Actel Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTL) has integrated Concept's NlviewMFC Widget into their Designer Series Software. The NlviewMFC Widget simplifies the FPGA design process by transforming complex hardware structures and engineering data into easy-to-read schematic diagrams.

"The Designer Series FPGA development tools are provided to our customers to optimize their productivity and maximize FPGA performance ", said said Ken Joyner, Actel's director of software engineering. "Adding NlviewMFC Widget helps on both fronts. It improves designers' productivity by allowing them to easily understand the impact of their HDL or resulting netlist. It then helps them make design decisions that boost the performance of their Actel FPGAs".

"The incorporation of our Viewing Widget into the Actel Design Series Software represents yet another step in market acceptance of our technology", said Gerhard Angst, president and CEO of Concept Engineering. "Thousands of Actel customers will now use our technology to easily understand and debug their designs. This further demonstrates that we are continuing to set the industry standard for schematic generation and schematic viewing".

The NlviewMFC Widget is a powerful schematic debugging environment that provides valuable insight into the most complex circuit designs. It simplifies design debugging and analysis, and provides automatic design documentation. Actel's integration of Concept's NlviewMFC Widget into the Actel Designer Series FPGA development tools gives FPGA designers the ability to generate and view schematic diagrams. The integration also enables FPGA designers to back-annotate timing data from Actel's delay calculation engine into the created schematics, for easier and faster debugging.

Pricing and Availability

The NlviewMFC Widget will be included in the Designer Series FPGA development tools, which Actel currently expects to release in 3Q2000.

About Concept Engineering

Concept Engineering is a privately held company based in Freiburg, Germany. It was, 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. For more information, see www.concept.de.

About Actel

Actel designs, develops, and markets FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) and associated design and development software and programming hardware. Designers of communications, computer, consumer/e-Appliance, industrial, military/aerospace, and other electronic systems to differentiate their products and get them to market faster use FPGAs. Actel is the leading supplier of FPGAs based on antifuse technology and has introduced the ProASIC family of reprogrammable FPGAs based on flash technology. The company also offers system-level design, prototyping, and consulting services through its Protocol Design Services Group. Actel's strategy is to be The Programmable ASIC Solutions Company, a complete solution provider for programmable ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) systems. The company is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ACTL and is located at 955 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94086-4533. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (888-992-2835). Internet: www.actel.com.


Concept Engineering
Gerhard Angst, +49-761-47094-0, info@concept.de, www.concept.de

Cayenne Communication LLC for Concept Engineering
Michelle Clancy, +1-252-940-0981, michelle.clancy@cayennecom.com