Tanner EDA strengthens IC design layout and verification with L-Edit Pro 11 (Tanner EDA)

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Pasadena, Calif. - December 8, 2003 - Tanner EDA, a leading developer of electronic design automation (EDA) software for integrated circuit designers, has launched L-Edit Pro(TM) version 11. The latest release of Tanner's Windows(R)-based layout and verification software can be used for analog and mixed-signal IC, MEMS and integrated optical device design.

New verification features available with L-Edit Pro 11, such as online DRC, help improve design efficiency and productivity. Online DRC enables users to define a set of rules that are checked continually throughout the design process, and displays alerts when a rule is violated. The instant feedback allows users to make immediate corrections, promoting error-free layouts and reducing the need for time-consuming design revisions. Online DRC supports width, spacing, surround, overlap and extension rules, and there is no limit to the number of rules that can be set.

Version 11 also provides several new layout features, including base points, object snapping and a full screen cursor. The base points feature allows users to specify reference points and perform editing operations, such as object flip and object pivot, relative to that point. Once a base point is designated, instances will be placed with the instance origin at that point rather than at the center of the window.

Object snapping improves drawing accuracy and efficiency by allowing designers to snap to the vertex, mid-point, center, quadrant or pin of objects in a layout. Using object snapping, designers can accurately align objects' edges even when zoomed out far. The software's full screen cursor shows horizontal and vertical lines that extend to the boundary of the layout window, further aiding the object alignment process.

"Design layout and verification is a time-consuming process to begin with, but certain painstaking tasks like trying to align polygons exactly, or revising a layout and re-running DRC only to discover new errors, can be especially frustrating," said John Tanner, president and CEO of Tanner Research, Inc. "With L-Edit Pro 11, we continue our commitment to shortening the design cycle and bringing top-notch layout and verification features to a platform that's easier to use and more affordable than other tools on the market."

L-Edit Pro 11 is now available for new customers or as an upgrade option for current L-Edit Pro users. Online DRC is available with L-Edit Pro 11. Support is provided for Windows(R) XP and 2000 platforms. For pricing information, please contact Tanner EDA sales at sales@tanner.com or toll-free at 877-325-2223. For pricing outside of North America, contact local Tanner distributors (http://www.tanner.com/eda/distributors).

About Tanner EDA
Tanner EDA is a division of Tanner Research, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Pasadena, California. Tanner EDA develops layout, verification and electronic simulation design software for analog and mixed-signal IC, MEMS and integrated optical designs on the Windows(R) platform. Tanner's L-Edit Pro(TM) and T-Spice Pro(TM) provide a complete design flow including schematic entry, waveform probing, full-custom layout editing, placement and routing, LVS and DRC verification, netlist extraction and circuit simulation. Founded in 1988, Tanner Research, Inc. consists of three major divisions in addition to Tanner EDA. For more information about Tanner EDA, please visit www.tannereda.com.

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