Committee Selects Synplicity's Amplify as DesignVision Award Finalist

12/13/2004 - Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced its Amplify® family of structured/platform ASIC synthesis tools has been selected as a DesignVision Award finalist. The inaugural DesignVision Award recognizes companies for recent products and services that have added a new dimension to the electronic design industry and to society as a whole. The award ceremony will be held at the DesignCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on February 1, 2005. Award winners will be announced at the ceremony.

“We’re very pleased that the DesignVision Awards committee chose our Amplify family of structured/platform ASIC products as a finalist,” said Andy Haines, vice president of marketing at Synplicity. “We believe these tools are in a unique position to help designers benefit from the historic changes that the semiconductor industry is experiencing today.”

Amplify Family of Structured/Platform ASIC Products
Synplicity’s Amplify RapidChip and Amplify ISSP software tools are physical floorplanning and synthesis solutions that uniquely target LSI Logic’s RapidChip platform ASIC and NEC Electronics’ ISSP structured ASIC architectures. The Amplify RapidChip and Amplify ISSP solutions are the result of more than two years of joint development between Synplicity and the respective silicon vendors.

The Amplify family of structured/platform ASIC products are customized design tools that directly target and understand each unique structured/platform ASIC and typically enable 15-20 percent better speed and area improvements over conventional design flows and thereby bring results much closer to that of standard cell ASICs. The tools also solve the timing closure problem through the use of physical synthesis techniques that are tightly correlated to the final place and route timing and ensure the designer obeys vendor-specific design rules that obviate the need for extensive signal integrity checking. The resulting benefits — high performance, low cost and shorter time-to-market with greater schedule predictability — cannot be provided by generic tools. This is why major structured/platform ASIC vendors have partnered with Synplicity to ensure that customized physical synthesis tools are available for their architectures.

About DesignVision Awards
The first-ever DesignVision Awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held February 1, 2005, during the DesignCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif. The awards mirror a rich International Engineering Consortium (IEC) tradition of recognizing innovative technology in the telecommunications field, another industry in which the IEC actively provides educational opportunities.

Like previous IEC honors, the DesignVision Awards recognize companies for recent products and services that have added a new dimension not only to the electronic design industry, but to society as a whole. Award winning products and services were chosen from among nominees in the following categories:

Entries were judged according to the following criteria:

About Synplicity
Synplicity® Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative synthesis, verification and physical implementation software solutions that enable the rapid and effective design and verification of semiconductors. Synplicity’s high-quality, high-performance tools significantly reduce costs and time-to-market for FPGA, structured/platform ASIC and cell-based/COT ASIC designers. The company’s underlying Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology® (BESTTM), which is embedded in its logical, physical and verification tools, and has led to Synplicity’s top position in FPGA synthesis, now provides the same fast runtimes and quality of results to ASIC and COT customers. The company’s fast, easy-to-use products support industry standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog) and run on popular platforms. Synplicity employs over 280 people in its 20 facilities worldwide. Synplicity is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information visit

Synplicity, Amplify and Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. BEST is a trademark of Synplicity, Inc.

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