Artisan Invests In Growth To Meet Customer Demand

17 July 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2003--Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq:ARTI), a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP), today announced that it has opened a new product development center, Artisan Components Software Pvt. Ltd., located in Bangalore, India. The new India center is the latest in a series of growth initiatives Artisan has implemented that includes doubling its headcount since mid-2002. This expansion is a result of an increase in Artisan's user community as well as in the number of key manufacturers licensing its products.

The Bangalore center is Artisan's third major development center and complements its existing centers in San Diego and Sunnyvale, California. The facility provides added product research, development and customer support capabilities and allows Artisan to provide 24x7 support to its growing, global user community.

Artisan has appointed Guru Ganesan, a twenty-year veteran in the EDA/ASIC design industry, as managing director of its Bangalore Development Center. Ganesan joined Artisan when it acquired Synopsys' Physical Library Business, where he was director of engineering. Prior to Synopsys, Ganesan held management positions with Texas Instruments, Cadence Design Systems and Valid Logic Systems. Ganesan holds a MSEE degree from Madras Institute of Technology, India.

"India is a strategic location for Artisan," said Mark Templeton, president and CEO of Artisan Components. "In addition to the region's strong technology infrastructure and growing semiconductor design community, there are a wealth of well trained, talented engineers. We welcome our Bangalore staff and are confident that they will contribute to Artisan's success."

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Bangalore center's ability to contribute to Artisan's success. Actual results may differ materially. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including our ability to effectively manage the Bangalore center, Artisan's first foreign development center, and to integrate the Bangalore facility with our other development centers; whether there will be unanticipated expenses associated with the Bangalore center; risks regarding operating a development center in India; the level of demand for Artisan's intellectual property products and support services; and the level of successful production volumes of integrated circuits using Artisan's intellectual property products. We refer you also to the documents that the Company files from time-to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular the section entitled "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results" in the Company's annual report on form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q. Artisan disclaims any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this press release as a result of financial, business or any other developments occurring after the date of the release.

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 for a given manufacturing process. Artisan has licensed its IP components to over 1,000 companies involved in integrated circuit design. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access, can be found at access.arm.com.

Artisan Components and Artisan are registered trademarks of Artisan Components, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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