Synplicity Announces Support for Actel's Axcelerator Device Family

7/1/2002 - Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced its market-share leading FPGA synthesis software, Synplify Pro®, now offers optimized support for the new Actel Axcelerator FPGA device family, introduced today. With Axcelerator device support and integration with Actel's Libero design environment, the Synplify Pro software provides customers with a fast, easy to use solution for quickly reaching timing goals for Actel's high-performance devices. The Axcelerator devices deliver over 500 MHz core operation and up to 100 percent resource utilization, making them appropriate for high-speed communications applications.

"We developed our Axcelerator device family to deliver the high speeds required by today's communications and bridging systems," said Bryon Moyer, senior director of tools and technical marketing at Actel. "Synplicity's synthesis products offer tremendous quality of results, runtime and productivity advantages. We believe customers using Synplicity's Synplify® products in combination with Actel's Libero integrated design environment or Designer Series tool suite will be able to meet aggressive performance and time-to-market goals for our new Axcelerator devices - the industry's fastest FPGAs."

Synplicity's Synplify Pro software performs technology mapping of HDL- based designs directly into Actel's Axcelerator architecture. The software produces an Axcelerator-optimized netlist and maps it directly into the Actel Libero integrated design environment, taking advantage of the unique device architecture and yielding high-performing designs.

"The high-speed internal core architecture in Actel's Axcelerator devices takes direct aim at eliminating performance bottlenecks in communications and networking applications," said Jeff Garrison, director of marketing for FPGA products at Synplicity. "We worked closely with Actel to create an optimized synthesis flow for the rapid design and development of these devices. The Synplify Pro software offers fast runtimes and device-specific mapping technology and we believe customers using our FPGA synthesis solution with the Actel Axcelerator family will be able to quickly achieve their performance targets."

With today's announcement, Synplicity continues to provide support for Actel's programmable logic families. In addition to the new Axcelerator devices, other families supported by the Synplify software include: ProASICPLUS, ProASIC, 54SXS, eX, 54SXA, 54SX, 42MX, 40MX, 3200DX, ACT3, ACT2 and ACT1.

About Actel's Axcelerator Device Family
Based on a 0.15-micron, seven-layer metal antifuse process, the Axcelerator family, with five devices ranging in density from 125,000 to 2-million system gates, can achieve the highest internal performance in the industry, delivering over 500 MHz operation and up to 100 percent resource utilization. Built upon the company's new AX architecture, the Axcelerator family features several key architectural advancements, including an embedded FIFO controller, a fully fracturable SuperCluster, an embedded 64-bit PerPin FIFO, a scalable Core Tile structure and a flexible clock structure.

About the Synplify Pro Software
Driven by the proprietary Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology® (B.E.S.T.) algorithms, Synplicity's synthesis solutions can deliver optimal circuit performance with the most efficient area utilization, helping programmable logic designers rapidly achieve aggressive performance objectives. The Synplify Pro software takes designs written in VHDL or Verilog as input, extracts designer intent by inferring complex memories, finite state machines (FSMs) and advanced mathematical functions, then compiles, optimizes and maps them into small, high-performance netlists for all leading CPLD and FPGA devices.

Pricing and Availability Support for the Axcelerator devices by the Synplify Pro synthesis solutions is available now. Pricing for Synplify software starts at $9,000 (U.S.).

About Synplicity
Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP) is a leading provider of software products that enable the rapid and effective design and verification of semiconductors used in networking and communications, computer and peripheral, consumer and military/aerospace electronics systems. Recognizing the company's industry-leading position, Dataquest named Synplicity as the #1 provider of PLD synthesis tools in 2000 with 45 percent market share. Synplicity leverages its innovative logic synthesis, physical synthesis and verification software solutions to improve performance and shorten development time for complex programmable logic devices, application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and system-on-chip (SoC) integrated circuits. The company's fast, easy-to-use products offer high quality of results, support industry-standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog) and run on popular platforms. As of March 31, 2002, Synplicity employed 269 people in its 20 facilities worldwide. Synplicity is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information on Synplicity, visit

The specific features and new functionality of existing products with third parties as described in this press release remain at the sole discretion of Synplicity, Inc. and no warranty is made as to whether the specific functionalities of such existing products or the success of product integration with those of third parties will occur as described in the press release.

Synplicity, Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology, Synplify and Synplify Pro are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. B.E.S.T. is a trademark of Synplicity. All other brands or products are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners.

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