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Artisan Library Support for Synopsys Signal Integrity and Test Solutions Now Available for Download

30 March 2004

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 30, 2004--Artisan Components, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARTI), a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP), today announced the immediate web-based availability of library support for Synopsys' signal integrity and test solutions at no charge to licensed customers. This library support includes LibertyTM format noise modeling for the GalaxyTM signal integrity (SI) solution and test models for TetraMAX® automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) tool. The combined offering of Artisan libraries and Synopsys design solutions can help end users deliver their most complex designs with high predictability and yield.

"Through our ongoing collaboration, Artisan and Synopsys continue to provide comprehensive libraries for implementation and sign-off tools within the Galaxy design platform," said Tom Ferry, vice president of marketing, Synopsys Implementation Group. "As a result, customers can now take advantage of our most advanced tools and flows to help realize faster design convergence, helping ensure a successful path to silicon."

The signal integrity libraries deliver full noise analysis capability for PrimeTime® SI, Physical Compiler®, and AstroTM. Additionally, certain Artisan IP has been certified using HerculesTM PVS, Synopsys' physical verification suite.

"IC designers working at 130-nanometer and below are challenged by noise effects, which ultimately can impact yield," said Neal Carney, vice president of marketing at Artisan. "Collaborating with Synopsys to address these issues can help reduce risk and ensure a successful path-to-silicon for the IC design community."

Product Availability
Artisan's library support for Liberty SI and test models can now be downloaded from Artisan's website at access.arm.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding the performance of Artisan's library support products and the benefits to end-users of combining Artisan's libraries with Synopsys' design solutions. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially, including volatility in the market for integrated circuits, SoCs and IP components, technical or other difficulties that delay or prevent delivery of Artisan's or Synopsys' products, technical or other difficulties in the operation or integration of such products or the use of such products in conjunction with other products or designs, the performance and quality of such products relative to other IP components, the acceptance of such products by existing and new customers and the growth and changing technical requirements of the IP component market. For additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Artisan, see its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2003 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other periodic reports filed with the SEC from time to time, including its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP) components for the design and manufacture of complex system-on-a-chip integrated circuits. Artisan's products include embedded memory, standard cell, input/output, analog and mixed-signal components, which are designed to achieve the best combination of performance, density, power and yield. Artisan has licensed its IP components to over 1,200 companies involved in integrated circuit design. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access, can be found at access.arm.com.

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