Synplicity Offers Optimized Software Support for Atmel's FPSLIC Solutions

The Synplify Pro Software Enables High-Performance Results From New Programmable SoC Products

SUNNYVALE & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2001--Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP - news), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, and Atmel Corp. (Nasdaq: ATML - news) today announced the newest version of Synplicity's Synplify® and Synplify Pro® FPGA synthesis software now includes optimized support for the field-programmable system-level integration circuits (FPSLIC) solutions from Atmel (see related Synplicity® press release announced today entitled, "Synplicity Extends Technology Lead in PLD Synthesis and Physical Synthesis"). With FPSLIC device support and integration with Atmel's System Designer development software, the Synplify Pro software is capable of enabling the rapid design and development of Atmel's programmable system-on-chip (SoC) devices. Atmel's AT94K series FPSLIC device provides all the logic, processing, control, memory and I/O functions required for low-power, high-performance applications such as GPS, wireless internet appliances and portable test equipment.

"As more designers adopt next-generation programmable SoC solutions, the development methodology becomes even more critical," said Joel Rosenberg, director of programmable system-level integration at Atmel. "Leveraging Synplicity's Synplify products in combination with Atmel's System Designer tool suite provides engineers with the high-performance tools necessary to achieve their SoC performance and time-to-market goals."

Jeff Garrison, director of marketing for FPGA products at Synplicity, added, "Today, designers face tremendous implementation challenges when confronted with programmable system-level designs. With the Synplify software's fast runtimes, new high-performance timing engine and device-specific mapping technology, we are able to equip FPSLIC designers with constraint-driven synthesis technology that not only satisfies aggressive performance needs, but allows designers to bring their SoC products to market faster."

Support for the FPSLIC Device Family

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

With today's announcement, Synplicity reinforces its commitment to providing support for programmable logic families from Atmel. In addition to the new FPSLIC devices, Synplicity's Synplify software products continue to support Atmel's AT40K and AT40KAL Series co-processor FPGAs.

Enhancements to the Synplify Pro Software

The Synplify and Synplify Pro 7.0 software includes many new features that can increase device performance and designer productivity while improving overall quality of results. The latest version of the Synplify software includes a new high-capacity, high-performance timing engine, allowing the designer to specify more comprehensive and powerful timing constraints than previously possible. Further, the timing engine enables faster runtimes and the ability to synthesize higher capacity designs. Additional software enhancements include RAM inferencing and enhanced clock-enable detection.

Pricing and Availability

The Synplify 7.0 software with support for Atmel's FPSLIC devices is currently available. Pricing for the Synplify software starts at $9,000 (U.S.). Current customers on maintenance will be upgraded at no additional cost.

About Atmel

Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, bipolar SiGe, and high-voltage BCMOS process technologies.

About Synplicity

Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP - news) is a leading provider of software products that enable the rapid and effective design and verification of semiconductors used in next-generation networking and communications hardware and other electronic devices. The company 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. Synplicity'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 September 30, 2001, Synplicity employed 265 people in its 16 facilities worldwide. Synplicity is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The specific features, functionality and release timing of any new products or new versions of current products described in this press release remains at the sole discretion of Synplicity, Inc., and no warranty is made as to when or if specific features, functionality or releases described in this press release may occur.

Synplicity, Synplify and Synplify Pro are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. All other brands or products are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners.

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