Synplicity Advances DSP Algorithm Implementation; Enhanced Synplify DSP Software Offers ESL Synthesis Solution with Support for Communications and Multimedia Algorithm Design

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 20, 2006— Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced the company has enhanced its Synplify(R) DSP solution to further accelerate the implementation of DSP algorithms into silicon. The Synplify DSP software is Synplicity's ESL synthesis platform that offers industry-leading benefits of high-level modeling and hardware abstraction, constraint-driven algorithm synthesis into RTL, and powerful system-wide optimizations for performance, area, and multi-channelization tradeoff exploration. Enhancements to the Synplify DSP software include M-Control support, vector library support and additional communications blocks that facilitate the design of advanced applications in wireless communications, radar, and digital multimedia processing. In addition to these unique features that speed algorithm design, the Synplify DSP tool's unique DSP synthesis methodology enables design portability across various device technologies while achieving optimal performance, enabling users to easily map DSP algorithms into their hardware platform of choice.

"The Synplify DSP software has gained a significant amount of traction within the DSP design community, which we attribute to the tool's vast improvement in implementing complex DSP algorithms into hardware," said John Gallagher, director outbound marketing at Synplicity. "Through significant additions made to the latest version, designers can rapidly create vector-based, technology-independent DSP models, and then quickly create optimized implementations with our DSP synthesis engine. With the Synplify DSP software, system designers will be able to concentrate their efforts on algorithm behavior and verification, and be assured the implementation in RTL is accurate and optimal for any target technology."

The latest version of the Synplify DSP software features M-Control support, offering a concise description of control and state machine functions using M language. Using M language to describe complex branching and case statement functionality, design engineers can now choose the most concise form of expressing their algorithms. M-Control has been fully integrated into the Synplify DSP Simulink(R) environment by supporting data type inheritance and propagation, as well as sample rate inheritance and propagation. M-Control also features inline debugging for supporting breakpoints and stepping into the M code. These features greatly simplify the specification and verification of control functionality that is often integrated into DSP algorithms.

Improved Library Support for Vector Arithmetic

Included in the Synplify DSP software are updates to its communications library, consisting of a high-level DSP synthesis library, a comprehensive filtering, math and communications library, and vector library support. Through these updates, users can rapidly describe, verify and implement complex wireless algorithms (such as WiMAX, 802.11 a/b/g/n and DVB standards) into hardware devices. Vector support results in math and communications algorithms that are much easier to describe and simulate. In addition, vector support dramatically reduces the effort needed to create multi-channel wireless algorithms and multi-antenna algorithms such as MIMO, video, radar and security applications.

Additional Technology Support

The Synplify DSP software offers expanded device support for a variety of FPGA technologies from Actel, Altera and Xilinx, including Xilinx's recently announced Virtex-5 FPGAs. Using Synplicity's DSP software, users can create portable and extensible IP that can be easily implemented into the FPGA architecture of choice. The software also now includes Linux as one of the supported workstation platforms.

Pricing and Availability

An add-on to the Synplify Pro(R) software, the full-featured Synplify DSP 3.1 solution is available from worldwide Synplicity representatives. Pricing for the Synplify DSP tool starts at $9,950 (USD). To find the Synplicity office nearest you, visit

About Synplify DSP

The Synplify DSP software accelerates DSP algorithm implementation using technology-independent modeling and an industry-leading DSP synthesis engine that creates optimal implementations from a single model. DSP hardware engineers can quickly capture and verify complex DSP algorithms, target various FPGA device technologies, and then rapidly explore performance, area, and multi-channelized optimizations based on user-specified constraints. This methodology achieves up to 10X productivity over traditional design flows, and also enables full design portability and faster, more comprehensive design-space exploration.

About Synplicity

Synplicity(R) Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative software solutions that enable the rapid and effective design of Programmable Logic Devices (FPGAs, PLDs and CPLDs) that serve a wide range of communications, military/aerospace, consumer, semiconductor, computer, and other electronic systems markets. 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, FPGA-based ASIC verification, and DSP designers. Synplicity 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 products support industry-standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog) and run on popular platforms. The company operates in over 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding the performance, achievements and benefits of the latest version of the Synplify DSP software. In some cases, you will be able to identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "believes" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including the performance and benefits of Synplicity's software relative to relevant industry methods or standards, design flaws, design difficulties or other problems with Synplicity's software and the growth and changing technical requirements in the FPGA market. For additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Synplicity, see its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other periodic reports filed with the SEC from time to time, including its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Although Synplicity believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, Synplicity cannot guarantee the future performance or achievements of its software. In addition, neither Synplicity nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of these forward-looking statements. Synplicity disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

Synplicity, Synplify and Synplify Pro are registered trademarks of Synplicity Inc. All other brands or products are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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