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BEAVERTON, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 1998--

New Desktop ModelFactory Tools License Logic Modeling Model

Development and Porting Technology Directly to IP Developers

Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS), the design technology leader for complex IC design, today expanded its commitment to providing essential design reuse tools and methodology with the announcement of the Desktop ModelFactory(TM), making it safe and economical for intellectual property (IP) providers to create and distribute industry-standard models of cores directly to end users.

The twin issues of portability and protection play a critical role in determining whether or not intellectual property developers will make models of their IP available for reuse by those who wish to integrate it into systems. Models developed using the Desktop ModelFactory address the security issue by delivering models in compiled binary format, making it impossible to recover the source code. Logic Modeling porting technology makes the model readily available to ASIC and system designers using more than 30 supported simulation environments and ensures interoperability with other industry-standard models. Desktop ModelFactory technology has been used by leading IP providers including IBM, Motorola, Siemens and NEC to create and distribute models to end users.

"The Desktop ModelFactory lets us focus on creating an accurate functional model, rather than dealing with all the issues related to simulator support, version control and model maintenance," said Ted Lattrell, system core program manager for IBM Microelectronics. "Having a smooth path for creating protected, portable and robust simulation models for our key IP blocks is important to our ability to deliver a core-based ASIC design environment to our end users. The ModelFactory program has allowed us to significantly reduce our cycle time and support burden by providing models that are consistent across all simulator platforms and integrate with our customers' existing system verification environments. Overall we've reduced our turnaround and support burden for each model from weeks to days."

Licenses Industry-Standard Logic Modeling Technology

This is the first time that industry-standard Logic Modeling model development and distribution technology has been broadly made available to the commercial market.

"The Desktop ModelFactory offers IP developers the same types of proven tools and methodology that we use to create Logic Modeling models of standard devices," said Dave Hardman, vice president and general manager of Synopsys Logic Modeling business unit. "By giving IP developers the ability to create and distribute their own high-performance models directly to end users, the Desktop ModelFactory will improve the market's ability to meet the growing demand for the models necessary to successfully verify complex core-based designs."

Improved Access to Models Essential for System-on-a-Chip Verification

By making it easy for the IP developer to create accurate, robust models directly from the design flow, the Desktop ModelFactory has the potential to make models available much earlier than has been possible using traditional model development methods which have typically relied on the end-user or a third-party model developer having access to a completed device and data book.

"We were looking for a high-performance model development and distribution approach that would maximize the availability of the models that we create using `C'," said Jon Connell, senior development engineer at Siemens Semiconductors. "The Logic Modeling Desktop ModelFactory meets all these requirements. The models are an integral part of our ASIC design flow and are compiled to protect the IP. Logic Modeling interface technology provided critical porting capability that allows us to create just one model that will work for our customers in virtually every simulation environment in use today."

"The growing complexity of system design is creating a huge demand for models. When coupled with the short life span of the typical core, it is clear that both system-level macro providers and model developers are going to need to take a different approach to meet market demand," said Gary Smith, chief analyst with Dataquest. "Synopsys' decision to license Logic Modeling tools and methodology directly to system-level macro providers is an important step toward breaking this barrier."

First Products Support "C" and Verilog

The Desktop ModelFactory includes model template generators, model debug tools and interface code and utilities. Support is available for both C and Verilog based design flows.

C support starts with models created using industry-standard GNU C or C++ compiler tools. Verilog is supported through the Synopsys' Verilog Model Compiler (VMC), which is based on the same technology used in the industry's fastest Verilog simulator, Synopsys' VCS.

The Desktop ModelFactory enhances these user-supplied models with industry-standard Logic Modeling portability, distribution and support utilities. Dynamic loading, instance-based memory management, model isolation, versioning and logging as well as standard authorization calls are all provided, without requiring any modification in the IP providers' coding style. ModelFactory's porting architecture was developed to support a variety of simulation interface standards, including the Logic Modeling SWIFT(TM) interface which links models to more than 30 simulation environments, Verilog PLI and emerging cycle-based interfaces. The interface architecture is flexible to allow extension to future interface standards, including the proposed Open Model Interface.

For more information on the Desktop ModelFactory or other Logic Modeling products, contact your local Synopsys office, email or call 1-800-346-6335.

About Synopsys

Synopsys Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS), is a leading supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) solutions to the global electronic market. The company provides comprehensive design technologies to creators of advanced integrated circuits, electronic systems and systems-on-a-chip. Synopsys also provides consulting services and support to its customers to streamline the overall design process and accelerate time-to-market. Additional information about Synopsys is available at -0-

Note to Editors: Synopsys and Logic Modeling are registered trademarks of Synopsys Inc. ModelFactory, VCS and SWIFT are trademarks of Synopsys. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

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