FishTail Expands its Sales and Support Operations around the Globe;
signs distributors in Europe and Southeast Asia

Portland, Oregon, September 8, 2004 – FishTail Design Automation, Inc., the golden timing constraints company, today announced the signing of exclusive distribution agreements with both Saros Technology Ltd. in Europe and Advinno Technologies in Southeast Asia. The new distributors join SC HighTech in Japan in marketing FishTail’s Focus™ timing closure products. The company also has direct sales and support offices in the United States. The distributors will provide customers with front-line sales and support in their regions.

“We have seen tremendous interest in our Focus product since our launch earlier this year,” commented Ajay Daga, founder and CEO of FishTail. “We view Europe and Southeast Asia as significant growth opportunities and both Saros and Advinno have a solid customer base in their regions and in-depth knowledge of the growing problems related to timing closure. We are confident that their expertise will help us to penetrate those regions and bring value to the chip implementation process by solving the problems related to timing constraints.”

“Focus is a major addition to our existing product offerings,” said Carey Sayer, Managing Director of Saros. “We see Focus’ ability to automatically extract false and multi-cycle paths from our customer’s designs as a huge step forward in helping our customers meet timing closure on critical designs.”

“Our goal is to be the leading design solutions company in South-East Asia,” stated Terry Teh, Director of Advinno. “Adding the Focus solution to our offerings is a boon to our existing EDA tool suite. Our customers are designing chips where timing is critical and the Focus solution will help to increase designer productivity and improve the quality of their results.”

About Saros Technology
Saros is a high technology distribution company focusing on the sales, marketing and support of EDA software within Europe. Saros has an existing large customer base, with dedicated technical, sales, and marketing resources. It is headquartered near Oxford, England.

About Advinno Technologies
Advinno Technologies Private Limited is a privately held design solutions company incorporated in 2002. Advinno provides best-in-class EDA software solutions, design services and IP to its customers. Through its extensive experience in Integrated Circuits design and leading edge EDA solutions, the company partners with clients to deliver first-pass success products to market faster. Advinno is headquartered in Singapore and has operations in Southeast Asia.

About Focus
FishTail’s Focus™ product solves the time-consuming problem of poor chip-implementation results because of missing timing exceptions by identifying false and multi-cycle paths early in the design cycle – before virtual prototyping and logic synthesis. Using only the synthesizable description and clock definitions, Focus automatically generates the timing exceptions for the design in standard SDC file format for use by downstream implementation tools.

About FishTail Design Automation
Founded in 2002, FishTail Design Automation has set its sights on tackling the difficult problem of precise constraints on chip timing – the area where the success or failure of a design is ultimately determined. The company’s patent-pending technology improves chip implementation by automatically identifying exceptions to single-cycle clocking from RTL descriptions. FishTail is privately funded. For more information about FishTail and Focus, please visit the company’s website at