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Concept Engineering Licenses Schematic Visualization Software to JEDAT, Inc.

JEDAT incorporates both NlviewQT and T-engine visual debugging software into Alpha-SX

FREIBURG, Germany; TOKYO, Japan - March 7, 2006 - Concept Engineering and JEDAT, Inc., formerly the EDA Systems Division of Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII), today signed a worldwide OEM license agreement to incorporate Concept Engineering's NlviewQT Widget and T-engine visual schematic and debugging software engines into JEDAT's Alpha-SX product line. The Nlview Widget product suite is the industry-standard schematic generation, viewing, and debugging software for electronic design automation (EDA) tool developers.

The integration with Concept Engineering's T-engine allows the automatically generated transistor-level schematics to be "pushed" to the Alpha-SX schematic editor, where designers can modify and fine tune the circuit in their familiar Alpha-SX "cockpit". The combination of both NlviewQT and T-engine into Alpha-SX allows JEDAT customers to gain access to an easy-to-use graphical user interface that intuitively displays components, connectivity, and critical paths, and lets designers quickly visualize and fix design problems, ultimately improving the design and productivity for Alpha-SX users.

"By licensing Concept Engineering's technology into our product, we save on internal development cost and provide the most advanced visualization technology available on the market," said Kazuhiro Miura, Project Manager of R&D, JEDAT, Inc.

"EDA companies have found it too expensive and time-consuming to develop their own schematic generation tools," said Gerhard Angst, president and CEO of Concept Engineering. "Using our ready-made software components gives companies like JEDAT the ability to automatically generate easy-to-read and easy-to-understand schematics, resulting in faster development and debug cycles for their Alpha-SX users."

About Nlview Widgets

The Nlview Widget family provides a broad range of components for GUI development - Qt, Java, Tcl/Tk, MFC, wxWidget and Perl/TK - for automatic schematic generation, viewing, and debugging at all design levels: transistor, gate, block, register-transfer, and system. Nlview Widgets relieve EDA tool designers of the tedium and productivity loss of having to develop their own schematic generation software by providing a set of robust and flexible software components for automated schematic generation and viewing. By adopting Nlview Widgets, developers can quickly realize GUIs for EDA products with shorter design cycles and lower development and maintenance costs.

About Alpha-SX

The Alpha-SX series developed by JEDAT, is a new-generation EDA platform that draws on 20 years of experience and technology development. The Alpha-SX Series has been highly acclaimed; thanks to its ability to greatly improve productivity through seamless interfacing with powerful automated tools developed either by Jedat or other manufacturers, as well as its abundant functions, high speed, and ease of operation.

About JEDAT

JEDAT Inc., formally the EDA Systems Division of SII (Seiko Instruments Inc.) focuses on the fields of full-custom design, DFM, and mask verification, which have traditionally been their strengths while they further hone their competitiveness. Jedat, a leader in these EDA fields, provides optimum solutions to customers all over the world.

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. For more information see http://www.concept.de

CONTACTS: Concept Engineering
Gerhard Angst, +49-761-47094-0, [email addr]
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Michelle Clancy, +1-252-940-0981, michelle.clancy@cayennecom.com