Artisan Components Announces Earnings Release Date and Conference Call Information for First Quarter Fiscal 2003 and Confirms Guidance

06 January 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- January 6, 2003 -- Artisan Components Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI), a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP), today announced it will release earnings and hold a conference call for the first quarter of fiscal 2003 after the close of trading on Monday, January 27, 2003. The conference call will begin at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST) and will be hosted by Mark Templeton, president and CEO and Joy Leo, chief financial officer.

The conference call will be available by telephone at 913-981-5549 and via live webcast at www.vcall.com. A telephonic replay will be available through Sunday, February 2, 2003 at 719-457-0820. The passcode for both Artisan's live conference call and telephonic replay is 683323.

Artisan also confirmed that it remains confident in the guidance provided in its October 24, 2002 earnings call for its fiscal first quarter and fiscal year ending September 30, 2003. At that call, Artisan provided the following first quarter guidance: total net revenue of $12.0 million and earnings per share of approximately $0.09 excluding recurring amortization of intangible assets and non-cash related charges and based on a tax rate of 40%. Artisan cautioned that these anticipated results are preliminary, based on the best information currently available, and are subject to the final closing of its books and customary accounting procedures. At its upcoming conference call, Artisan also plans to update its guidance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2003, primarily to incorporate the anticipated acquisition of NurLogic Design, Inc.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains projections and other forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Artisan's expected revenue and earnings per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2002, and the anticipated acquisition of NurLogic Design, Inc. These statements are subject to various risk factors including the following: whether transactions qualify for revenue recognition during the quarter ended December 31, 2002, the impact of management and Artisan's independent accountant's review of the results, the timing of the closing of the NurLogic Design, Inc. acquisition and the satisfaction of the conditions to closing set forth in the reorganization agreement. We refer you also to the documents that Artisan files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular the section entitled "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results" in Artisan's annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q.

About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) provider. The company's design platforms are licensed to over 1000 companies worldwide. Artisan's design platforms provide IC designers with a common interface to a range of process technologies from the world's leading foundries. Built on Artisan's Process-Perfect™ memory generators, standard cell and I/O libraries, Artisan's design platforms include a comprehensive set of views and models supporting leading design tools and methodologies. Artisan's worldwide network of EDA, IP and design service partners extend the Artisan standard to a complete set of system level design and integration solutions. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access can be found at: http://access.arm.com.


Artisan Components is a registered trademark and Process-Perfect is a trademark of Artisan Components, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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