Sun Microsystems and Synopsys Collaborate to Certify VCS Verification Solution for the Solaris 10 OS on x64 Platforms

Synopsys' VCS(R) Solution Expected to Provide Significant Productivity Gain for Next-Generation Design

MENLO PARK, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) and Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced an agreement to certify Synopsys' VCS(R) comprehensive RTL verification solution, a key component of the Discovery(TM) Verification Platform, for the Sun Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS) for both Sun UltraSPARC(R) and AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based Sun Fire(TM) servers. The combination of the VCS solution's native verification technologies with the Solaris10 OS and Sun Fire x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers powered by AMD Opteron processors is anticipated to provide significant productivity gains for engineering teams developing next-generation system-on-chip designs.

"Synopsys tools have supported the Sun Solaris OS and UltraSPARC processor-based platforms for the past two decades," said Stephen Borcich, vice president, Partner Marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun values Synopsys' leadership position in the verification domain and extensively uses its broad line of solutions for its SPARC processor and ASIC development. With this most recent collaboration, Synopsys will help deliver the additional benefits of Solaris 10 features, including Dynamic Tracing for the UltraSPARC and x64 platforms to mutual customers."

The VCS solution utilizes a unique, single-compiler architecture to natively compile design, testbench, assertions and verification IP in order to speed verification performance by up to five times compared with separate simulation and verification tools. The collaboration between Sun and Synopsys focuses on the optimization of the VCS solution's native code generation for the x64 platforms and the Solaris 10 OS. The combination of the VCS solution, running on the Solaris 10 OS with Sun Fire x64 platforms, is expected to provide engineering teams with the high performance and productivity needed to verify their next-generation designs.

"As a user of both Synopsys' VCS solution and Sun's server and operating system platforms, we applaud this new initiative," said Mike Hames, senior vice president, Application Specific Products, Texas Instruments. "The blend of VCS' advanced native verification technologies optimized for Sun's industry-leading x64 servers is expected to accelerate our verification processes."

"As a recognized leader in advanced electronics, Toshiba will be able to take advantage of the industry's comprehensive RTL verification solution, VCS(R) from Synopsys, along with the robustness of the Solaris 10 OS on lower-cost platforms," said Tamotsu Hiwatashi, senior manager of planning dept., System LSI Dept., System LSI Division I, Toshiba Corporation Semiconductor Company. "The combination of VCS and Solaris 10 on x64 promises to be a powerful tool in our electronic design arsenal."

"AMD is at its core a customer-centric company and a large part of delivering on customer needs includes our collaboration with companies like Synopsys and Sun that develop innovative products to further the computing experience," said Joe Menard, corporate vice president of Software Strategy at AMD. "We understand firsthand a technology company's need to achieve rigorous verification goals and on-time project milestones. Coupling AMD64-based Sun Fire servers and the Solaris 10 OS with VCS can generate the higher productivity required for advanced system-on-chip designs."

"Synopsys is a key verification partner with Sun's microprocessor development team," said George Zafiropolous, vice president of Marketing, Verification Group, Synopsys, Inc. "We welcome the opportunity to work together with Sun to certify our VCS verification solution for the Solaris 10 OS and x64 platform. We believe this can deliver additional scalable verification productivity for our mutual customers."

Synopsys Discovery Verification Platform

The Discovery Verification Platform is a unified environment that provides high performance and efficiency of interaction among all platform components, including mixed-HDL simulation, mixed-signal, system-level verification, assertions, DesignWare(R) verification intellectual property, code coverage, functional coverage, testbenches and formal analysis. Combined with support for industry-standard hardware design and verification languages, including Verilog, VHDL, SystemVerilog, SystemC(TM) and OpenVera(R), and Synopsys' proven Reference Verification Methodology, the Discovery Verification Platform helps designers achieve higher levels of verification productivity by contributing to first-time silicon success within required project cycles.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for semiconductor design. The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification platforms and IC manufacturing software products to the global electronics market, enabling the development and production of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at http://www.synopsys.com/ .

About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com .

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including the expected benefits of the certification of the VCS verification solution on the Solaris 10 on x64 platform. These statements are based on Synopsys' and Sun's current expectations and beliefs. Actual results could differ materially from these statements as a result of unforeseen difficulties in completing the certification process and uncertainties attendant to any technical collaboration, as well certain statements contained in the section of Synopsys' Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2005 entitled "Factors That May Affect Future Results."

NOTE: DesignWare, OpenVera and VCS are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Discovery is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, OpenSolaris, Sun Fire, Sun Ultra, UltraSPARC and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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