Accent Adopts Synchronicity's Developer Suite to Connect Customer and Internal Design Teams in Several Cities

Project Collaboration and Design Management Software Enables Secure Multi-site Collaboration over the Internet

MARLBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2001-- Synchronicity Inc. today announced that Accent has standardized on Synchronicity's Developer Suite(TM) to boost the productivity of multi-site, multi-company System-On-Chip (SOC) design. The Developer Suite is a bundle of Synchronicity's DesignSync® tool for secure multi-site design management and their ProjectSync® tool for team collaboration and issue tracking. Before standardizing on it, Accent successfully used Synchronicity's software to complete a complex Telecom SOC involving engineers at two Accent and two ST Microelectronics (NYSE: STM - news) sites.

By supporting their chosen methodology and enabling multi-site version control, the Developer Suite enabled the master design database to reside in Accent Genova, while the ST Microelectronics teams in Agrate Brianza and Grenoble carried out system-level simulation and verification in parallel. Simultaneously, the device-level simulation and verification was done by Accent engineers in Vimercate. The master database contained all data related to the design including the documentation.

To maximize return on their hardware investment, Accent used DesignSync, in conjunction with Platform Computing's LSF load balancing software, to distribute design simulations for execution over their intranet. The design environment hardware was comprised mainly of Sun workstations with several PCs.

"Synchronicity's software enabled Accent to deliver on time with increased efficiency and performance, even though the team was split across two companies in four cities," commented Paolo Mancini, information technology manager of Accent.

About Accent

Accent S.r.l. is a joint venture incorporated in 1993 between STMicroelectronics S.r.l., a global leader in the design and manufacture of semiconductors, and Cadence Design Systems Inc., a world leader in software and services for electronic design. Accent's experienced team of consultants -- comprising over 100 engineers, whose capabilities range from architectural definition of high-complexity electronic systems to ASIC and FPGA implementation, and from full digital to pure analogue design -- provides Accent with the capability to manage every stage in the design and construction of electronic products. Thanks to the breadth of its capabilities, the size of its operations, the financial strength of its shareholders, and its unrivalled track record, Accent provides a reliable, effective and fully-comprehensive one-stop shop for a wide variety of applications in the electronic domain. Headquartered in Vimercate, Italy, +39 039 6290100, Accent has offices in Genova and Catania; please see www.accent.it.

About Synchronicity

Synchronicity accelerates innovation with design collaboration software. Eight of the top-ten semiconductor companies use Synchronicity to connect their design chain; at the team, enterprise and/or market levels. Our solutions enable IC, embedded software and system developers to move from concept to product to revenue more quickly by implementing best practices, managing design content, capturing design intent, tracking project status and facilitating design reuse. Headquartered in Marlboro, 508/485-4122, Synchronicity has offices worldwide. For more information visit www.synchronicity.com.

Note to Editors: The Synchronicity logo, DesignSync and ProjectSync are registered trademarks and IP Gear and Synchronicity Developer Suite are trademarks of Synchronicity, Inc. of Marlboro, MA. All other trademarks are acknowledged as property of their owners.


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