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SYNPLIFY PRODUCTS SUPPORT XILINX VIRTEX-II FPGA.



Synplicity, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., a supplier of logic synthesis, physical synthesis and verification software has announced that its Synplify(R) and Synplify Pro logic synthesis products include full support for the recently announced Xilinx(R) (Nasdaq:XLNX) Virtex(TM)-II FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) A type of gate array that is programmed in the field rather than in a semiconductor fab. Containing up to hundreds of thousands of gates, there are a variety of FPGA architectures on the market.  architecture. Version 6.0 of the Synplify software, first shipped in May 2000, includes a Xilinx-specific timing-driven technology mapper that allows designers to quickly solve the complex development requirements of these high-density, high- performance FPGAs. Designers using Virtex-II devices, which support data-intensive Internet infrastructure products, can employ Synplify to obtain high quality of results in a fraction of the time of other FPGA synthesis tools.

"Especially in Internet infrastructure applications, performance and time-to-market are critical and it is imperative that chip architectures and EDA (1) (Electronic Design Automation) Using the computer to design, lay out, verify and simulate the performance of electronic circuits on a chip or printed circuit board.  tools be developed concurrently," said Andy Haines, vice president of marketing for Synplicity. "Working closely with Xilinx, we have implemented innovative solutions that produce superior quality of results for this next-generation, high-density architecture. We look forward to continuing this relationship and are committed to maintaining our technology leadership position in FPGA synthesis."

Reinforcing Synplicity's commitment to provide customers with timely, high-quality support of new programmable logic devices, the Synplify 6.0 release delivers a powerful and highly integrated solution for Virtex-II designers. Synplicity's Virtex-II mapper in Synplify and Synplify Pro delivers higher performance by utilizing the advanced interconnect structure in Virtex-II for placement-based timing optimizations.

Pricing and Availability

Synplify Pro and Synplify 6.0 are available now. Pricing for Synplify 6.0 starts at $9,000 (U.S.) and pricing for Synplify Pro starts at $19,000 (U.S.). For additional information about Synplify Pro or the Synplify product line visit Synplicity's Web site at http://www.synplicity.com/products/synplify.html.

About Synplicity

Founded in 1994, Synplicity, Inc. delivers the benefits of logic synthesis and embedded synthesis technologies to programmable logic and ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Pronounced "a-sick." A chip that is custom designed for a specific application rather than a general-purpose chip such as a microprocessor.  designers by developing fast, easy-to-use, affordable tools with extremely high quality of results. Synplicity products support industry-standard design languages (VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language) A hardware description language (HDL) used to design electronic systems at the component, board and system level. VHDL allows models to be developed at a very high level of abstraction.  and Verilog), run on popular platforms (Windows 95/98, Windows NT and UNIX UNIX

Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics).
) and support leading PLD manufacturers. Synplicity is a Platinum member of the Cadence Connections Program (NYSE NYSE

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:CDN (Content Delivery Network) A system of distributed content on a large intranet or the public Internet in which copies of content are replicated and cached throughout the network. ), Synopsys Liberty Program (Nasdaq:SNPS SNPS Space Nuclear Power System ), and other industry standards organizations. The company is located at 935 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086. Telephone: 408/215-6000; Fax: 408/990-0290; E-Mail: info@synplicity.com.
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