Obsidian Celebrates Growth at 10th Anniversary -- Projected to Double Size in 5 Years

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Obsidian Software, Inc., the semiconductor and processor verification company, is celebrating its growth at its 10th anniversary landmark and acknowledging the relationships that have fostered its success.

In stopping to acknowledge the milestone that we have reached

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Obsidian Software, Inc. (http://www.obsidiansoftware.com), the semiconductor and processor verification company, announced that it will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the relationships that have fostered its growth over the last decade. Beginning in 1997, Obsidian had only three employees and a single client in the Austin area. Now on the eve of their 10th anniversary, Obsidian and its subsidiary, Veriseo, have over forty employees serving clients across the United States and Japan.

"In stopping to acknowledge the milestone that we have reached," commented Eric Hennenhoefer, CEO, "we recognize that much of our success is due to our team of excellent verification engineers and their outstanding development skills. Their talent makes it possible to succeed in the highly competitive EDA field."

As the complexity of chip design has doubled every few years according to Moore's Law, the demand for efficient and effective microprocessor verification has grown proportionately. RAVEN, Obsidian's flagship product, is the most widely used Random Test Generator for functional verification. It provides advanced processor teams with the ability to test their cores via an intuitive interface for building new tests, and for re-using existing tests.

The Obsidian Software group began as a local shop, serving Austin clients, and grew into a company committed to Texas clients seven years ago. The next logical jump was to service microprocessor groups in California, and then processor design teams in Japan.

Known as a visionary in his field, Eric Hennenhoefer, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been able to predict how the verification industry would evolve and how it would impact the semiconductor community. Under his leadership in 2003, the company made the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. The company has also been repeatedly named to the Austin Business Journal's Fast 50.

Hennenhoefer was instrumental in building Veriseo Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary that provides nationwide, high-tech staffing services, and in founding the DV Club, a verification community. The club currently has established chapters in Austin, Dallas, and Silicon Valley with new chapters launching in Boston and the Research Triangle Park.

"Our energies now," states Hennenhoefer, "will be refocused on the processor verification industry and on building Obsidian Software to its full potential. I anticipate that it will double in size within the next five years."

The verification process is required for microprocessors in lap tops and PCs as well as digital signal processors used in cell phones and wireless devices.

With the progressively more complex requirements in the verification field, companies simply can not effectively conduct the process without statistical methods.

Hennenhoefer sums up the reality, "For all but the most trivial processors, computing complexity is growing and creating a need for the simplicity of an outsourced solution. Most processor and digital signal processor vendors rely on experts who specialize in random test generation to save them the time and overhead of an internal tools group. Obsidian is grateful to the clients that have allowed us to serve them over the last decade. And we look forward to serving them in the future."

About Obsidian Software
Austin-based Obsidian Software provides semiconductor verification tools, including RAVEN, RAVEN SE and simulators to clients internationally. RAVEN is used by the world's most advanced semiconductor verification teams to test their cores. The tool generates random instruction sequences under user control. RAVEN provides a complete custom tool solution for processor architecture. Obsidian eliminates the overhead of an internal tools group developing and maintaining a custom tool, while leveraging proven technology. Rules can be added to RAVEN so the tool gains 'intelligence' as the core matures.

RAVEN and RAVEN SE are sold as licensed software. Annual maintenance is included in the license. To ensure the success of RAVEN, Obsidian focuses on customer satisfaction through customization, deployment, and on-site support.

Obsidian has some of the world's leading suppliers of microprocessors and digital signal processors as customers. RAVEN is deployed worldwide.


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