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MunEDA and IDEC partner to support Korean Universities and Research Institutes with leading-edge EDA software


Daijeon/Munich, Korea/Germany - Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

MunEDA and IDEC (IC Design Education Center) of Korea are teaming up to provide MunEDA´s Design-for-Yield solution WiCkeD for Korean universities and non-profit research institutes. The common activities will be focused on academic education and research in analog and mixed-signal design at IDEC and IDEC´s partner universities. MunEDA and its Korean distribution partner DAOU Xilicon will offer software, trainings and education for design analysis and optimization methods to IDEC and members.

"We are happy to win MunEDA as our strategic partner for DFM-DFY front-end design software and methodology", states Chong-Min Kyung, Director of IDEC. "With the support of MunEDA´s outstanding front-end level tools for circuit design, modelling and optimization for performance and yield, IDEC and its partner universities and research institutes will become even more effective in helping and guiding active IC design academia to maintain their competitive edge. This helps us significantly to generate various star IPs produced from universities. Both academia and industry benefit from better qualified graduates with the industry backing up the academia through the provision of various resources like fab support and joint work opportunities."

"MunEDA´s tools are the ideal link between academic education and research and industrial application," states Sancho Park, CEO & President of DAOU Xilicon. "Like we did also with several other leading-edge EDA solutions, DAOU is supporting this actively with training and consulting activities for IDEC and IDEC members."

"We are very much looking forward to cooperate with IDEC to serve the Korean academic and education market with our tools and technologies on a broad basis. We have established such academic partnerships also in Germany and other European countries," states Dr. Michael Pronath, Vice President Products & Solutions of MunEDA. "Having successfully introduced our tool suite WiCkeD in the Korean semiconductor industry including two top-10 customers and IDEC members, the logical next step is providing IDEC´s academic support and education program with our software tools and knowledge."

About IC Design Education Center (IDEC)
IDEC (IC Design Education Center) was founded in 1995 in KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) with the support of MOCIE (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy) and several major semiconductor industries. IDEC promotes projects to enforce competitiveness especially in the non-memory IC field by educating highly qualified design experts through nationwide support and education of universities' working Groups. Find more information at http://idec.kaist.ac.kr.

About DAOU Xilicon Corporation
Founded in 1997, DAOU Xilicon Corporation is a leading provider of advanced electronic design automation solutions for the Korean semiconductor industry including ASIC, SoC and IP tools, design services and consultation. DAOU Xilicon is also a worldwide supplier of its own developed TFT LCD, OLED panel analysis product, ExpertLCD. DAOU Xilicon has exceptionally strong relationships with the high-end SoC design companies and leading foundries worldwide. Find more information at www.daouxilicon.com.

About MunEDA
MunEDA develops and licenses EDA tools and solutions that analyze, model, optimize and verify the performance, robustness and yield of analog, mixed-signal and digital circuits. Leading semiconductor companies rely on MunEDA's WiCkeD' tool suite - the industry's most comprehensive range of advanced circuit analysis solutions - to reduce circuit design time and achieve maximum yield in their communications, computer, memory, automotive and consumer electronics designs. Founded in 2001, MunEDA is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with offices in Sunnyvale, California, USA (MunEDA Inc.), and leading EDA distributors in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Scandinavia, and other countries worldwide. For more information, please visit MunEDA at www.muneda.com/contacts.php.