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Pittsburgh - March 22, 2004 - Ansoft Corporation (Nasdaq:ANST) today announced Ansoft Designer(TM) v2.0. This release expands Ansoft's Solver on Demand(TM) technology to include Nexxim(TM), for RF/mixed-signal circuit simulation, and Q3D Extractor(TM), for 3D quasi-static parasitic extraction, in addition to its existing HFSS(TM) dynamic link.

"Ansoft Designer has played a critical role at Motorola for behavioral design of Synthesizer ICs," said Bill Martin, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Motorola CGISS Division. Synthesizer ICs are key building blocks of digital radios used within secured wireless communication networks. He added, "The addition of broadband spectral system analysis in Ansoft Designer v2, combined with transient co-simulation in Nexxim, provides unparalleled insight into our designs and helps accelerate our time to market."

Designers of radio frequency (RF)/mixed-signal ICs, high-performance signal integrity and high-performance microwave and RF applications, require an automated design flow with the capacity to solve complex circuit topologies with large transistor counts and/or high spectral content, while addressing the underlying parasitic behavior. These design challenges are growing faster than the capabilities of most existing tools. Ansoft Designer v2, combined with Nexxim, HFSS and Q3D Extractor, offers the ideal solution for capturing true circuit performance including critical physical effects.

Dr. Rich Hall, Director of Ansoft Designer Research and Development, said, "We are pleased with our ability to rapidly respond to our customers' needs and to fuel the continued growth of Ansoft Designer. The dynamic links to Nexxim, HFSS and Q3D Extractor leverage Solver on Demand technology, making Ansoft Designer the premier RF/mixed-signal IC design environment."

Since Ansoft Designer's release less than a year ago, the market response has been exceptional, with revenue growth exceeding 70 percent over its predecessor products. Customer feedback indicates that Ansoft's strategy to bring design capture, parametric analysis, optimization and tuning with Solver on Demand seamlessly together within Ansoft Designer is succeeding at a growing number of design houses as the preferred design methodology.

Ansoft Designer v2 New Features:

  • Integration with Nexxim circuit simulator
  • Dynamic link with Ansoft's 3D quasi-static simulator, Q3D Extractor
  • Environment scripting and netlist callback
  • System simulation expanded to address broadband spectral analysis
  • Layout speed enhancements of up to 1000x
  • System-circuit co-simulation for transient (non-steady-state) analysis (Nexxim)
  • Scripted parameterized layout export to HFSS
  • IBIS model support
  • SPICE netlist import wizard
  • Planar EM de-featuring for optimum meshing and simulation speed
  • Electric rule checking
  • Bill of Materials
  • Model encryption

To learn more about Ansoft Designer, please visit www.ansoft.com/products/hf/ansoft_designer.

Availability:
Ansoft Designer v2 is presently in beta with commercial shipments beginning in the second quarter of calendar year 2004. The product will first ship on PCs running Windows(R) 2000 and XP followed by Sun Solaris(R) and Linux(R).

About Ansoft
Ansoft is a leading developer of high-performance electronic design automation (EDA) software. Engineers use Ansoft software to design state-of-the-art electronic products, such as cellular phones, Internet-access devices, broadband networking components and systems, integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), automotive electronic systems, and power electronics. Ansoft markets its products worldwide through its own direct sales force and has comprehensive customer-support and training offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.ansoft.com.

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