Synplicity Extends Technology Lead in PLD Synthesis and Physical Synthesis
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Synplicity Extends Technology Lead in PLD Synthesis and Physical Synthesis

Second-Generation Technology Improves Performance in Industry's Only Programmable Logic Physical Synthesis Solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2001-- Reinforcing its commitment to programmable logic designers, Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP - news), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced it has enhanced its FPGA/PLD synthesis and physical synthesis software with new productivity and performance-improving features designed to enable higher quality of results. With today's announcement, Synplicity's Amplify® Physical Optimizer(TM) software now features Synplicity's Total Optimization Physical Synthesis(TM) (TOPS(TM)) technology. The industry's only physical synthesis solution for programmable logic devices (PLDs), the Amplify Physical Optimizer software provides designers with a high-performance interactive flow featuring simultaneous placement and logic optimization. Additionally, Synplicity announced it has enhanced its Synplify Pro® software to include register re-timing for Altera devices and a new, more powerful timing analysis engine.

"Synplicity is committed to delivering best-in-class solutions for programmable logic designers and strives to provide innovative products that deliver tangible results," said Andy Haines, vice president of marketing at Synplicity. "We believe our second-generation physical synthesis technology, TOPS, and our new Synplify Pro software are perfect examples of our ability to meet market demands. Using the Amplify Physical Optimizer software with the TOPS technology, we expect customers to see up to 50 percent performance improvement over logic synthesis alone."

TOPS Technology Furthers Synplicity's Physical Synthesis Lead

Synplicity introduced the industry's first physical synthesis tool for programmable logic devices, the Amplify Physical Optimizer software, in March 2000. Currently, more than 100 customers worldwide employ the Amplify Physical Optimizer software for timing critical designs, thereby achieving up to a 40 percent performance improvement compared to using logic synthesis alone. With the new TOPS technology incorporated into the Amplify software, designers can expect an additional 10 percent performance boost.

The TOPS technology is based on significant new algorithmic developments that produce precise physical placement while performing physical optimization of logic on critical paths. By performing detailed placement of logic, the TOPS technology is able to achieve even more predictable timing estimations, thus reducing the number of iterations required to close on timing.

Rich Sevcik, senior vice president and general manager, Xilinx Inc., said, "As the only company providing a physical synthesis solution for programmable logic designers today, Synplicity is extending technology limits to deliver the ultimate performance for our leading-edge FPGAs. We recommend Synplicity's Amplify Physical Optimizer software to our customers who need to obtain the highest performance possible."

The Amplify software includes additional productivity-enhancing features to help designers achieve the highest quality of results from their programmable logic device. New BlockRAM support enables the software to view and assign logic to BlockRAMs. Further improving the design process, the Amplify software performs automatic Design Rule Checks (DRC) to ensure BlockRAM capacity is not exceeded before moving on to place and route.

Other new features in the Amplify software include floating region support for Altera APEX(TM) devices, an automated pin assignment user interface and new device support for Altera's APEX II and Mercury(TM) devices, and the Xilinx® Virtex® II devices.

Enhancements to the Synplify Pro Software

The result of more than two years of engineering effort, the Synplify Pro software now includes many new features that can increase device performance and designer productivity while improving the overall quality of results. For designers using Altera devices, the Synplify Pro software now offers an automated register re-timing feature, eliminating the labor-intensive process of analyzing critical paths and moving registers to balance delay. With automatic re-timing, the Synplify Pro software can now automatically reposition registers within combinatorial logic to balance routing and ultimately improve circuit performance.

Continuing to support Altera customers, the Synplify Pro software now includes increased interoperability with Altera's Quartus(TM) II software by incorporating Synplicity's ToolNet software into the Synplify Pro product. ToolNet is an open standard developed by Synplicity that enables close integration between many popular EDA tools. ToolNet and its integration with the Quartus II software now provides Altera customers with enhanced circuit analysis and debug capabilities. The Synplify Pro software also features additional timing constraints which are passed from the Synplify Pro software to the Quartus II software, providing users with more control over their results.

"Synplicity is a leader in developing innovative synthesis products that deliver superior results. We have seen the quality of results improve significantly in our tests using Synplicity's latest software," said Tim Southgate, vice president of software and tools marketing at Altera Corporation. "With automated register re-timing, ToolNet cross-probing and constraint passing support, the Synplify Pro software will ease the synthesis process and deliver improved performance, especially for our customers implementing systems-on-a-programmable-chip applications."

The latest version of the Synplify Pro software also includes a new high-capacity, high-performance timing engine. The new timing engine allows the designer to specify more comprehensive and powerful timing constraints than previously possible, enabling faster runtimes and the ability to synthesize higher capacity designs.

Additional Synplify Pro software enhancements include RAM inferencing; enhanced clock-enable detection; and new device support for leading programmable logic devices including Altera's Apex II, Atmel's FPSLIC and 40KAL, Quicklogic's QuickFC and QuickSD, and Xilinx's next generation Spartan II and Virtex II platform FPGA families.

Pricing and Availability

The Synplify® 7.0 and Synplify Pro 7.0 synthesis solutions are available now. Pricing for the Synplify software starts at $9,000 (U.S.) and pricing for Synplify Pro software starts at $19,000 (U.S.). Current customers on maintenance will be upgraded at no additional cost. The Amplify Physical Optimizer product with TOPS technology is available now as an option to Synplicity's Synplify Pro logic synthesis software. Pricing begins at $25,000 (U.S.).

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.

Forward-looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Synplicity's actual product performance or achievements of such software or products to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In some cases, you will be able to identify forward looking statements by terminology such as "anticipates," "intends," "may," "will," "expects," "potential," "continue," "can" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and the actual events or results may differ materially, particularly with respect to the continued acceptance of Synplicity's existing products and the successful introduction and widespread market acceptance of Synplicity's new technology and software, in particular Synplicity's Total Optimization Physical Synthesis technology and its Amplify Physical Optimizer and Synplify Pro software. Although Synplicity believes that the expectations reflected in the forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future levels of activity, performance or achievements. In addition, neither Synplicity nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of these forward-looking statements. Synplicity disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

Note to Editors: Synplicity, Synplify, Synplify Pro and Amplify are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. Physical Optimizer, Total Optimization Physical Synthesis and TOPS are trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. All other brands or products are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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