Company Contact:
John Eurich, President
Engineering DataXpress
(408) 243-8786


For Immediate Release - June 3, 1996


Agreement Will Result in Improved Interoperability

Beaverton, Ore., June 3, 1996 - OrCAD® (NASDAQ:OCAD), the world's leading supplier of desktop electronic design automation (EDA) software, today announced an OEM agreement with Engineering DataXpress, San Jose, Calif., to develop full-featured EDIF 2 0 0 schematic readers and writers for inclusion in future OrCAD products. Engineering DataXpress is the leading supplier of schematic translators for most major EDA vendors.

"Many large companies have a variety of design tools, each with their own data format. We are getting a large number of requests for a way to transfer data between these tools and OrCAD's Design Desktop' for Windows products," stated Jim Plymale, OrCAD's vice president of marketing. "By including these interfaces at no additional cost, OrCAD will be lowering the barriers to interoperability."

Engineering DataXpress is A Strong Partner

Although EDIF is a standard, EDIF 2 0 0 output from one vendor's tools does not automatically import into another vendor's database unless those readers and writers have been customized for that particular vendor. It is important that the company providing the individual EDIF readers and writers has broad experience in doing this. Engineering DataXpress pioneered the migration of data from one schematic system to another and has been doing this for ten years. The company provides translators for a number of EDA systems including Cadence Composer, Mentor Graphics version 7.x and 8.x, PADS Logic, and Data I/O ECS and SCS. And since EDIF 2 0 0 translators for other systems are available either from vendors or other third parties, Engineering DataXpress runs an interoperability lab to test translation from one system to another. This provides an independent source for ensuring interoperability among vendors who want to offer an open exchange for data.

EDIF 2 0 0 Standard Widely Used: Promotes Openness

The EDIF 2 0 0 translators are widely available for most commonly-used schematic tools, either directly or through a third party. OrCAD is the first major EDA vendor to announce a plan to deliver EDIF 2 0 0 schematic readers and writers with its future products, free of charge. OrCAD is responding to designers' needs for a standard ASCII format to import and export schematic information including graphical and connectivity data.

"We are very pleased to partner with OrCAD to deliver interoperability," stated John Eurich, president and founder of Engineering DataXpress. "This strategy benefits the largest number of electronics designers. Not every EDA vendor recognizes the importance of this."

Many designers work in a heterogeneous environment where schematic data needs to be moved from one package to another. If all the data can be converted into a standard format, designers can be confident that what they move out of one database can be imported safely into another database without any data loss. Also, designers need access to their design data for editing purposes. A standard ASCII format enables customers to edit their design data directly or write utilities that access and edit the schematic data.

And, as more designers discover the price/performance advantage of OrCAD's 32-bit Windows-based schematic solution, they will want to migrate from outdated or expensive schematic packages to OrCAD. By shipping the schematic readers and writers with future OrCAD products and having translators to other vendors readily available through Engineering DataXpress, migration can be easy and cost-effective.

Founded in 1986, Engineering DataXpress, Inc. is the leading independent provider of interoperability and data integration solutions in the EDA industry. By providing off-the-shelf solutions, development environments and contract services for custom solutions, Engineering DataXpress is committed to the achievement of true data interoperability in the EDA industry. The company headquarters are located at 812 South Winchester Blvd, Suite 130-131, San Jose, CA 95128-2925. The company can be reached by phone at 408-243-8786, by fax at 408-243-8994, or by email at [email protected]. The company's Web site address is Contact Engineering DataXpress headquarters for European and Asia Pacific distributor information.

Founded in 1985, OrCAD is the world's leading supplier of desktop EDA software with over 190,000 products sold. OrCAD develops, markets, and supports 32-bit Windows-based software products that improve electronics designers' productivity in developing field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), and printed circuit boards (PCBs). On March 1, 1996 OrCAD common stock started trading publicly on the NASDAQ market under the symbol "OCAD".

OrCAD's corporate headquarters are located at 9300 S.W. Nimbus Avenue, Beaverton, Oregon 97008. The company can be reached by phone at 503-671-9500, via fax at 503-671-9501 or through its Web site at

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