Synplicity's FPGA Physical Synthesis Solution Selected as an EDN Innovation Award Finalist; The Synplify Premier Software Selected from a Field of Hundreds of Products

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 6, 2006— Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading provider of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced its Synplify(R) Premier software has been selected by EDN magazine as a finalist for its 2005 Innovation of the Year Award. Instituted in 1990, the EDN Innovation of the Year Awards honor the people, products and technologies that demonstrated innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and /or product development during the past year. Nominated in the EDA Design and Implementation category, the Synplicity Synplify Premier software features graph-based physical synthesis technology, merging optimization, placement and routing to generate a fully placed and physically optimized design. Graph-based physical synthesis technology within the Synplify Premier software improves timing closure by means of a single-pass physical synthesis flow for 90nm FPGAs.

Winners of the EDN Innovation of the Year Award are chosen by a combination of public votes (via email), the editor's own personal votes and the votes of the EDN editorial advisory board. To participate in determining winners for the EDN Innovation of the Year Awards, visit, and cast your vote.

"The advancements that distinguish the finalists in the annual EDN Innovation program may seem subtle -- minimally lower power, a slight reduction in cost, the ability to discern a faster signal, or the gateway to new semiconductor processes," states EDN editor-in-chief Maury Wright. "Yet those subtleties represent hard-won engineering victories that make all the difference in the latest compelling consumer products, computers, and communication systems. I congratulate all of this year's finalists for advancing the state-of-the-art in everything from discrete components to processors to chip-design tools."

"The Synplify Premier software represents a significant development in FPGA physical synthesis technology and we are pleased EDN magazine has recognized the product as a finalist for its Innovation of the Year Award," said Andy Haines, vice president of marketing at Synplicity. "Being named a finalist for this year's award confirms our commitment to continuing our leadership position in the FPGA synthesis market, while at the same time providing leading-edge FPGA synthesis solutions to our customers. We remain committed to offering innovative software solutions that enable the rapid and effective design of complex, high-performance semiconductors."

Winners of the 2005 Innovation of the Year Awards will be announced during a ceremony held at the 4th Street Summit Center in San Jose, Calif. on Monday, April 3, 2006. Winners will also be published in the April 4, 2006 issue of EDN. For more information about EDN and the EDN Innovation of the Year Award, visit:

About EDN Magazine

Known as the "voice of the engineer," Waltham, MA-based EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN, EDN Europe, EDN Asia, EDN Australia, EDN China, EDN Japan and

EDN is published by Reed Business Information ( www.reedbusiness/, the largest business-to-business publisher in the U.S. and a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE:RUK) and (NYSE:ENL) -- a world-leading publisher and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business industry sectors.

About Synplicity

Synplicity(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative software solutions that enable the rapid and effective design of complex, high-performance semiconductors. Synplicity's tools provide outstanding performance, cost and time-to-market benefits by simplifying, improving and automating key design planning, logic synthesis, physical synthesis and verification functions for FPGA, DSP, ASIC prototyping, structured/platform ASIC and cell-based ASIC designers. Synplicity is the first company to deliver customized physical synthesis, analysis and floorplanning solutions for today's leading structured/platform ASICs. In addition, the company is the number one supplier of FPGA synthesis solutions and has been rated #1 in customer satisfaction in 2004 and 2005 in EE Times' Annual FPGA Customer Survey. Synplicity's products support industry-standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog) and run on popular platforms. The company employs over 300 people in over 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information visit

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