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Cadence Launches Design Services
for Digital TV Products

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 19, 1999 — Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN), the world's leading supplier of software and services for electronics design, today announced a range of new services targeting digital television (DTV) applications. This addition to the Cadence® multimedia design services portfolio brings state-of-the-art methodologies and technology, application-specific expertise, and access to intellectual property (IP) to companies needing to minimize design risk and expedite time to market for their DTV chips and systems.

The Cadence Symbionics Group offers design services in DTV for all worldwide standards at all levels of design, from behavioral modeling to complete turnkey consumer products. Cadence is successfully employing these capabilities by developing digital set-top boxes, integrated digital TV sets, Java-based TV, proprietary middleware, terrestrial, cable, and satellite demodulators, complete DTV chipsets, and integration platforms for system-on-a-chip (SOC) implementation. Recently, the company has made substantial technology investments for support of Java-based systems, including a wide-ranging strategic development agreement with Sun Microsystems.

Consumer demand for sophisticated television products with higher degrees of quality and features has resulted in the birth of the DTV market. One of the major trends occurring in the DTV market is the rapid transition to higher levels of integration. This trend is fueled by the need to be cost competitive. Companies that only offer partial solutions are at a disadvantage because they cannot compete with lower cost, and more integrated solutions.

Brent Hudson, vice president and general manager of the Cadence Symbionics Group, indicates that Cadence has made substantial technology investments to combat the toughest of these design challenges. This includes the development of system and chip-level architectures, software and hardware reference designs, IP modules, and verification suites. Cadence is also an active participant in the committees for all the major worldwide standards such as DVB, and ATSC.

Worldwide Design Services Network

The Cadence Design Services Network is a global resource staffed by more than 1,000 talented designers leveraging their expertise to meet customers needs. Cadence design centers throughout the world work together to assist customers with their toughest electronic design challenges -from crafting the latest microprocessor to reducing the manufacturing cost of a printed circuit board. In addition to helping customers bring DTV designs to market, Cadence provides services for the design of digital, analog, and mixed-signal integrated circuits; systems-on-a-chip; and complete systems for wireless and broadband communications.

Leading global electronics companies such as Lucent, Motorola, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba, as well as emerging technology leaders such as Domosys and Applied Magic, have successfully employed the Cadence Design Services Network to augment their own internal resources and expertise.

About Cadence

Cadence provides comprehensive services and technology for the product development requirements of the world's leading electronics companies. Cadence is the largest supplier of software tools and professional services used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronic-based products. With more than 4,000 employees and annual sales of $1.2 billion in 1998, Cadence has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the company and its products and services may be obtained from the World Wide Web at http://www.cadence.com.


Cadence Editorial Contact
Rachel Modena Barasch
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.


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