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Synplicity provides optimal support for Xilinx Spartan-3A devices

Press Release 14/2006



Synplicity Provides Optimal Support for Xilinx Spartan-3A Devices



Synplify Pro Software Offers Design Tool Advantages for New Low-cost, High-volume Devices



Sunnyvale, CA, December 5, 2006 * * * Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced its industry-leading Synplify Pro® FPGA synthesis software provides optimal support for Xilinx® new low-cost, high-volume Spartan-3A family of I/O-optimized FPGAs (announced Monday by Xilinx in a separate release).



The Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis solution helps designers take full advantage of the high I/O Spartan-3A devices by delivering superior logic utilization results. With more I/O pins and less logic available in the device, it is essential to produce designs that are area efficient while still meeting timing requirements. By using a true timing-driven approach to synthesis, the Synplify Pro software meets these design performance requirements while simultaneously minimizing area. An efficient use of logic is critical when targeting high-volume applications in order to minimize costs. In addition to cost reduction, use of the Synplify Pro software reduces power consumption since, typically, fewer logic resources are needed to implement a design.



The Synplify Pro software supports industry I/O standards such as AGP, PCI and many others which are pre-engineered into the Spartan-3A devices. This allows designers to quickly and easily specify an I/O standard for various ports in a design. The Synplify Pro software is tightly integrated with the Xilinx ISE software for maximizing designer productivity.



"Synplicity is committed to supporting Xilinx in its goal of providing cost and time-to-market advantages for customers who design high-volume applications," said John Gallagher, Senior Director outbound marketing at Synplicity. "The high I/O-to-gate count ratio introduced by the new Spartan-3A device advances programmable logic use in several areas including fast-growing consumer and industrial applications. We believe the new Spartan-3A FPGAs, when synthesized by the Synplify Pro software, will allow our mutual customers to reach their timing goals quickly and at the same time minimize overall costs."



Synplicity's timely support for new 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 understand the unique structure and benefits of the new devices and to optimize its synthesis software to provide users with optimal performance immediately upon device availability.



Availability

The Synplify Pro software, offering support for Spartan-3A devices, is available now. For more information contact your local Synplicity sales office or visit Synplicity's Web site at http://www.synplicity.com.



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 Statement

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, the growth and changing technical requirements in the FPGA market and the evolving relationship between Synplicity and Xilinx. 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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Synplicity and Synplify Pro are registered trademarks of Synplicity Inc. All other brands or products are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.



Editorial Contacts:



Synplicity Inc.,

John Gallagher

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