Synplicity Rolls Out Synplify Pro 7.7 FPGA Synthesis Tool

9/20/2004 - Synplicity Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced the latest version of its FPGA synthesis and physical synthesis software solutions. The Synplify Pro® 7.7 synthesis tool features several enhancements to improve device performance and quality of results (QoR), including support for the latest FPGA devices from Xilinx and Lattice Semiconductor. The new version of the Synplify Pro software features timing-driven synthesis support for Xilinx’s Virtex-4 FPGAs, delivering best-in-class performance for these leading-edge devices. (See press release announced today titled, “Synplicity Announces Full Support for Xilinx Virtex-4 Devices”) The Synplify Pro 7.7 software also includes support for Lattice Semiconductor’s LatticeECP and LatticeEC low-cost FPGA device families. Enhancements have also been added to the Amplify® FPGA 3.7 physical synthesis software in order to improve timing closure for high-performance FPGAs.

“Synplicity has been the industry leader in FPGA synthesis tools for the past three years because we believe we provide the best overall quality of results and technical support available for FPGA synthesis,” said Jeff Garrison, director of marketing for FPGA products at Synplicity. “With this latest version of our Synplify Pro software, Synplicity once again provides high-quality EDA support for leading-edge devices immediately upon availability from the vendor. We believe the performance benefits users will experience with the latest versions of the Amplify FPGA and Synplify Pro software will exceed those of alternative solutions.”

Enhanced Support for LatticeECP and LatticeEC FPGAs
The Synplify Pro software also features enhanced mapping technology for Lattice Semiconductor’s new LatticeECP and LatticeEC families of low-cost FPGA devices, providing Lattice users with optimal performance. New arithmetic function generators built in to the Synplify® and Synplify Pro products offer DSP designers greatly improved timing performance for their math-intensive applications. Designers can now take full advantage of the LatticeECP-DSP's best-in-class, dedicated multiplier/accumulator DSP resources.

“Synplicity continues to deliver our mutual customers FPGA synthesis products that offer best-in-class quality of results, runtime and productivity advantages,” said Tim Schnettler, director of design tools marketing for Lattice Semiconductor. “We believe customers using this latest version of Synplicity’s Synplify Pro software will see a significant improvement in performance and area utilization for our LatticeECP and LatticeEC FPGA families.”

Enhanced Physical Synthesis
The latest version of the Amplify FPGA physical synthesis software includes improved timing correlation to final place and route, as well as a new island-based timing report that allows designers to view and constrain all physically connected paths in designs that have negative slack. This feature enables users to perform fewer place-and-route iterations, and when combined with the software’s improved timing correlation algorithms, the island-based timing report allows designers to close on aggressive timing goals quickly.

RTL Debug Integrated into the Synplify Pro Software
Synplicity’s Identify® Instrumentor product has been integrated into the Synplify Pro software solution for easy access to RTL instrumentation and debug. The Identify software is the industry’s only software tool that allows FPGA designers and ASIC prototype designers to functionally debug their hardware directly in their RTL source code. Using the Identify software, designers are able to pinpoint problems in their Verilog or VHDL code, enabling them to save weeks in design time. Through the end of 2004, customers in North America who purchase a new license of the Synplify Pro software will receive the Identify RTL Debugger, free of charge, for use inside the Synplify Pro solution.

Pricing and Availability
The Synplify 7.7 and Amplify 3.7 software are available now. Pricing for the Synplify software starts at $9,500 ( U.S.) and pricing for the Amplify Physical OptimizerTM software starts at $29,000 ( U.S.). For more information visit Synplicity’s Web site at

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, Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology, Identify, Synplify, Synplify Pro and Amplify are registered trademarks of Synplicity Inc. BEST and Physical Optimizer are trademarks of Synplicity Inc.

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