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June 1, 2006

WOODSIDE FUND COMPANIES BERKELEY DESIGN AUTOMATION AND MATISSE NETWORKS INCLUDED IN RED HERRING TOP 100 LIST

Woodside Fund’s Managing Director John Occhipinti Participates in Red Herring’s ‘The Pursuit of Disruption’ Spring 2006 Event

June 1 2006, Redwood Shores, CA: Woodside Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that two of the firm’s portfolio companies, Berkeley Design Automation, a provider of silicon analysis tools for analog/RF and mixed-signal applications, and Matisse Networks, a provider of packet lambda-switching for metro optical networks, were included in the Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies List. The Red Herring award recognizes the top 100 private companies in North America that help drive the future of technology. All award winners had the opportunity to present to an audience of over 300 CEOs, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and senior executives at the Red Herring Spring 2006 event, which took place on May 23rd through May 25th in Monterey, California.

“It was difficult to choose the 200 finalists and we are very happy with the stellar quality of the companies on this short-list,” said Joel Dreyfuss, Editor-in-Chief of Red Herring. “Our Spring conference assembled a dynamic group of over 100 speakers that the editorial staff felt were pushing and breaking the boundaries of the business of technology.” The premise of the conference was focused on how ‘disruptive technologies’ spawn unexpected opportunities, novel alliances, and great success stories.

The Future of VoIP
Woodside Fund’s Managing Director, John Occhipinti, participated in the Red Herring Spring 2006 event as a panelist on the session titled ‘VoIP Security: The Poor Cousin With The Great Potential’. Other individuals on the panel included Andy Zmolek, Director of Security Planning & Strategy at Avaya; Dr. Amir Elan, CEO of Bivio Networks; Andrew Graydon, CTO of BorderWare Technologies; and Bob O’Neil, Covergence’s President and CEO.

Woodside Fund Backed Companies Recognized for Excellence
“Three of our portfolio companies, Berkeley Design Automation (BDA), BorderWare and Matisse Networks, were nominated as finalists in Red Herring’s preliminary list of top 200 private companies,” said Woodside Fund’s John Occhipinti. “To have both BDA and Matisse make the Red Herring’s final top 100 list and Andrew Graydon from BorderWare participate on the ‘VoIP Security’ panel demonstrate some of the very talented entrepreneurs that Woodside Fund has attracted and worked closely with. Similar to the overall editorial mission of the staff of Red Herring, Woodside Fund has a stellar reputation of being able to uncover some of the best talent and the ability to recognize innovative and proven technology.”

Disruptive Technologies
“With venture capital flowing again, we’re seeing a lot of innovative new companies taking on the established players with disruptive technologies and innovative business plans,” said Joel Dreyfuss. “The Red Herring’s Top 100 North America companies are pushing and breaking the boundaries of the technology business and we are excited to report on their success stories.”

Berkeley Design Automation is an innovative electronic design automation (EDA) company focused on the challenges that come with the increasing analog/radio frequency (RF) content of today’s semiconductor products for consumer and networking applications. The company is delivering breakthrough technology to dramatically improve the design and verification of analog, RF, and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The company’s first product has been adopted by more than ten of the world’s leading semiconductor companies. Berkeley Design Automation is the first EDA company to be recognized by the Red Herring Top 100 list in five years.

Matisse Networks brings the benefits of packet technology to optical networks with the world’s first packet lambda-switch. This new class of switching technology delivers a connectionless packet architecture where optical wavelengths are dynamically switched to different destinations. By fundamentally rethinking traditional circuit-based optical architectures, Matisse will deliver new levels of simplicity, efficiency and reliability for next-generation metro optical networks.

The Best of the Best
Since 1997, Red Herring editors have selected a group of private companies that are emerging as the brightest stars in the business universe. After receiving more than 1,000 submissions and nominations, Red Herring's editorial staff rigorously evaluated the contenders through a careful analysis of financial data and subjective criteria, including quality of management, execution of strategy, and dedication to research and development. The Red Herring 100 North America companies are at the forefront of the technologies that are changing our lives in profound ways.

To view the entire 2006 Red Herring 100 list, please visit www.redherring.com.

About Berkeley Design Automation
Berkeley Design Automation Inc. was founded in 2003 to address the verification challenges in the design of next-generation high-performance analog/RF integrated circuits (ICs). Berkeley Design Automation is a venture-backed, private company funded by Woodside Fund and Bessemer Venture Partners. The company’s technology characterizes the nonlinear, time-varying behavior of complex analog and RF circuits, providing extremely accurate predictions that dramatically reduce the need for silicon re-spins. The company’s first product, PLL Noise Analyzer™, the industry's first noise analysis tool for phase-locked loops (PLLs), has already been adopted by semiconductor industry leaders. For more information, see http://www.berkeley-da.com

About Matisse Networks
Matisse Networks is named after Henri Matisse, the famous painter known as the “Master of Color.” Like the painter, Matisse is mastering the colors of light to pioneer the field of optical burst switching. Backed by leading venture capital firms Menlo Ventures, Walden International and Woodside Fund, Matisse is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View California. Matisse has been named on of the “Top 10 Startups to Watch” by Network World. Additional information on Matisse Networks is available at www.matissenetworks.com.

About Red Herring Magazine
Red Herring magazine is a sophisticated insider's guide to the business of technology, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy, from the Internet to wireless communications and digital entertainment. Red Herring's journalists report on how innovation and entrepreneurship are transforming business and how the business of technology is transforming the world, providing readers with a deep understanding of venture capital and capital markets. Recognized as an essential resource in today's fast-changing business world, Red Herring gets the right answers before anyone else even thinks to ask the questions. More information on Red Herring is available at www.redherring.com.

About Woodside Fund
Woodside Fund is a leading venture capital firm that excels in developing early-stage technology companies. Founded in 1983, Woodside Fund attributes its long record of success to the high value it places on building productive partnerships with entrepreneurs, other investors and service providers. Typically a lead investor, Woodside Fund invests from $5 million to $10 million in early-stage software, fabless semiconductor and network infrastructure companies located primarily on the West Coast. Woodside Fund has more than $330 million in capital under active management. For more information, go to www.woodsidefund.com.

 

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