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SensorDynamics speeds delivery of automotive chip design series with new Cadence Virtuoso platform

Graz/Austria –June 19, 2007 – SensorDynamics, a fast-growing company that focuses on innovative sensor system solutions for automotive and industry applications, today announced the successful use of the new Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform for its latest chip designed for intelligent sensor interfaces for automotive applications. SensorDynamics also employed the Incisive® Enterprise Specman Elite® testbench solution to help improve quality, reduce the overall design cycle and deliver significant time savings. The latest series of chips were produced using STMicroelectronics’ BCD6 process technology, and achieved first-time-right silicon.

SensorDynamics, with Cadence and STMicroelectronics, has also started the design of new products in top class, latest generation BCD8 0.18 um Hi Voltage, and Hi Power technology. They will use the new Cadence Virtuoso platform technologies -- including Virtuoso Schematic Editor XL, Virtuoso Analog Design Environment XL and Virtuoso Layout XL -- on the latest generation of the OpenAccess database to achieve significant time savings for analog and mixed signal design and layout.

SensorDynamics used the Incisive Enterprise Specman Elite testbench solution to automate the verification process and allow for more thorough coverage capabilities. In addition, Specman Elite testbench automation, with VHDL-AMS modeling in a mixed-signal verification environment, identified and corrected a number of design bugs early in development, which would not have been discovered with a traditional approach. With Virtuoso AMS Designer simulator for VHDL-AMS verification, SensorDynamics was able to run intensive tests that are not possible with other methodologies.

“The new verification platform was the most intrinsic part of this design flow, helping us move from first early chip and block development to final silicon with minimal design iterations,” said Hubertus Christ, CEO at SensorDynamics. “For all of our products we were able to produce a first-pass silicon success in a fast and efficient way.”

The new Cadence Virtuoso platform is a comprehensive system that enables design teams to deliver silicon that meets all specifications, as well as their schedules. It includes a specification-driven environment, multi-mode simulation, accelerated layout, advanced silicon analysis, and a full-chip integration environment.

“Once again the Virtuoso platform technology played a significant role in helping SensorDynamics meet its design goals and to achieve a successful tapeout,” said Sean Redmond, vice president of sales, EMEA, at Cadence. “We are delighted that SensorDynamics has testified that full testing and verification of mixed-signal design is enhancing productivity and therefore securing success.”

About SensorDynamics AG

SensorDynamics is a fast-growing semi-fabless semiconductor company that focuses on innovative sensor solutions for high volume applications in automotive and automation. SensorDynamics develops and supplies failsafe micro and wireless semiconductor sensor systems for automotive key accounts mainly and holds a TS16949 certification. The company acts as general contractor and cooperates closely with world-leading suppliers of manufacturing and testing technologies. Headquartered in Graz-Lebring, Austria, SensorDynamics has subsidiaries in Italy, Germany, Slovenia and France. For more information on SensorDynamics, its products and services please go to:

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