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Synplicity and Xilinx enables immediate support for industry's first 65 nm FPGAs

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Press Release 09/2006

Synplicity’s Synplify Pro Software Delivers Support for Virtex-5 LXT Platform FPGAs

Close Collaboration Between Synplicity and Xilinx Enables Immediate Support for Industry’s First 65nm FPGAs with Built in Serial I/O Capabilities

Sunnyvale, CA, October 17, 2006 * * * Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced its Synplify Pro® synthesis software supports the newest members of the Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) Virtex-5 family of 65-nanometer FPGAs. The Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs, announced October 16, are the second of four domain-optimized platforms, featuring built-in PCI express block and low-power serial I/Os. Synplicity’s timely support for the newest Xilinx devices is a result of the long-term relationship between the two companies, in which Synplicity obtains early access to Xilinx device architecture specifications. This early access allows Synplicity to optimize its synthesis software for new devices and provide support immediately upon availability.

The Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs are the first to deliver built-in PCI Express Endpoint and Tri-mode Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) blocks. The Virtex-5 LXT platform also features the industry’s lowest power 65-nanometer (nm) transceiver, typically consuming less than 100mW per channel at 3.2 Gbps.

“Our Virtex-5 LXT platform addresses the challenging bandwidth, power and cost targets facing equipment vendors today,” said Sandeep Vij, vice president of worldwide marketing at Xilinx. “We recognize the importance of having an optimized flow to support our latest FPGA devices and our partnership with Synplicity enables Virtex-5 LXT designers to take full advantage of the device’s speed, capacity and versatility when using the Synplify Pro software.”

“The Virtex-5 LXT platform opens up a much broader market for FPGAs, and we are excited to provide optimized support for these high-performance devices,” said Andy Haines, senior vice president of marketing at Synplicity. “Through our close relationship with Xilinx, we believe we are able to offer our mutual customers an advanced synthesis solution, enabling them to achieve the highest device performance possible. We look forward to our continued partnership with Xilinx in which we will jointly tackle some of the most complex timing closure issues for ultra high-capacity FPGAs so that we can provide even greater support for future generations of Virtex-5 devices.”

Ultra-High Capacity Timing Closure Task Force

Synplicity and Xilinx continue to work closely through the Ultra-high Capacity Timing Closure Task Force announced by the two companies in May 2006. The mission of this Joint Task Force is to allow engineering teams from both companies to collaborate, define and implement new design flows that maximize the quality of results and design productivity of ultra high-density designs with next-generation 65-nanometer (nm) FPGAs. There is a wide variety of applications enabled by these ultra high-capacity devices and Synplicity has created technology that will be used in the future to support better Incremental Design Flows optimized to meet these unique design goals.


The Synplify® Pro software, offering support for Virtex-5 LXT devices, is available now. Contact your local Synplicity sales representative for more information.

About Synplicity

Synplicity® 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 since 2004 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 http://www.synplicity.com.

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 Pro software used in conjunction with third party products, and results of the partnership between Synplicity and Xilinx. 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.

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