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PROVO, UTAH - May 16, 2000 - Protel International Ltd., a leading developer of desktop electronic design automation (EDA) software for the Microsoft Windows environment today announced the release of CircuitMaker 2000 - The Virtual Electronics Lab. This new version of the popular CircuitMakerŽ software now provides complete schematic design, simulation, PCB layout and autorouting in one box, at an unprecedented starting price of $395.

CircuitMaker 2000 contains a host of new features and technology enhancements providing all the tools necessary for fast and easy creation and simulation of electronic designs. The improvements include a new waveform viewer, a new device browser and a streamlined user interface for easier access to various features. CircuitMaker 2000's Professional Edition PCB layout editor (formerly TraxMaker PRO) also includes a new rip-up & retry maze autorouter, providing higher routing completion on complex printed circuit boards.

Instead of requiring users to purchase multiple products, CircuitMaker 2000 allows a designer to capture a design, perform advanced circuit simulation, analyze the operation of a circuit and complete the design and testing with full-featured PCB design and layout capabilities. The ability to quickly and easily generate prototype boards to test the real-world performance of their designs gives designers a highly versatile and complete Virtual Electronics Lab in one low-cost package.

Nick Martin, Protel's Founder & Executive Director comments:

"I see CircuitMaker 2000 as providing an unprecedented opportunity for those engaged in small to medium-sized projects to employ high-quality design tools and freely experiment with their designs in an intuitive, easy to use environment. CircuitMaker 2000 gives these designers access to a complete array of lab-style electronics design and test facilities."

CircuitMaker 2000 is available in both Standard and Professional Editions. The Standard Edition includes advanced schematic capture, mixed-signal simulation with 6 analyses, PCB layout, built-in autorouting with manual and interactive routing capabilities. A host of new features and enhancements include a streamlined user interface for the schematic entry tool, a powerful device browser/search feature for quickly selecting devices, and a versatile circuit node naming feature that ensures continuity of netlisting after small design modifications. A powerful simulation waveform viewer has been added to the array of powerful circuit analysis tools providing "real-time" display of results. Versatile x and y-axis scaling controls and independent tracking measurement cursors make direct measurement of simulation waveforms easy.

For customers ready to take their virtual electronics lab to the next level, CircuitMaker 2000 Professional Edition features six additional simulation analyses, Digital SimCode? programming language for creating custom digital XSPICE models, a new powerful "rip up & retry" maze autorouter, and full Gerber viewing and editing. CircuitMaker 2000 Professional Edition extends the power and flexibility of the CircuitMaker design environment while maintaining CircuitMaker's renowned value for money.

To compliment CircuitMaker 2000 - CircuitMaker also offers a host of powerful, effective electronics learning tools that cater to both the beginner and advanced electronics student. Ideal for electronics students and institutions, the interactive learning system teaches the basics of electronics including troubleshooting, testing exercises in each unit and over 200 interactive CircuitMaker simulations. CircuitMaker 2000 helps students learn electronics theory and see how it applies to real-life situations, whilst giving schools an affordable supplement to traditional electronics lab equipment.

Pricing & Availability

CircuitMaker 2000 is available immediately from Altium Sales & Support Centers and authorized dealers. CircuitMaker 2000 is priced at $395 for new licenses of the standard edition, $995 for the professional edition and from $95 for existing CircuitMaker V.6 license holders. The aggressive pricing of the package will undoubtedly establish CircuitMaker 2000 as the best value electronic design and simulation tool on the market. Further information plus a new comprehensive CircuitMaker 2000 product brochure is available from www.circuitmaker.com.

About Protel International Limited

Protel International Limited (ASX: PRI) is a leading global developer and supplier of desktop electronic design automation (EDA) software for the Microsoft Windows environment. Protel software is used for electronic design and development across many industries including telecommunications, defense, medicine, science, and consumer electronics. Protel's customer base includes IBM, NASA, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Fujitsu, NEC, Sony, BMW, Alcatel, Daimler Benz, Philips, CSIRO, Nokia and Telstra.

Protel was founded by Nick Martin in 1985 and by 1991 the Company had firmly established itself as a key player in the EDA industry with the release of the world's first Microsoft Windows based EDA tool. Since that time, Protel has continued to apply the most advanced software design methods to create powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions to electronic designers throughout the world.

In 1998 Protel acquired MicroCode Engineering, Inc, in order to strengthen its position in circuit analysis. Protel have continued to develop the simulation technology and have maintained to CircuitMaker product line, allowing Protel to service additional segments of the EDA market, as well as educational institutions around the world.

Protel currently has over 150 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. R&D activities are conducted at the company's Australian and United States offices. The company operates a number of sales and support offices in Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe and maintains a large reseller network in all other major markets.

More information about the company and its products and services may be obtained from the World Wide Web at http://www.protel.com.

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