Synplicity Software Supports Altera's New Stratix III FPGAs

Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, today announced its industry-leading Synplify Pro(R) FPGA synthesis and Synplify(R) DSP true DSP Synthesis software solutions have been upgraded to support Altera Corporation’s new low-power, high-performance Stratix III FPGAs (announced today by Altera in a separate release). Optimizations to these tools allow designers to achieve aggressive system performance requirements and time-to-market goals, while simultaneously minimizing area.

Synplicity’s Synplify Pro software, the industry’s most widely used FPGA synthesis solution, utilizes a true timing-driven approach to synthesis. The software takes designs written in VHDL or Verilog as input, and compiles, optimizes and maps them into efficient, high-performance netlists for the new Stratix III devices. In addition, the Synplify Pro software generates constraints in SDC format, which can be passed to Altera’s Quartus II design software for placement and routing.

DSP designers using the new Stratix III devices will benefit from a complete DSP algorithm to implementation flow by using Synplicity’s ESL for DSP tool, Synplify DSP, and the Synplify Pro synthesis software. The flow supports DSP design at multiple levels of abstraction while providing industry-leading synthesis and optimization technologies that map to the new DSP resources in Stratix III FPGAs, allowing users to achieve a much faster time-to-market, a more reliable design flow and higher performance/cost for their end-products.

“As part of our long-standing relationship with Synplicity, we provide early access to new device architectures enabling them to optimize their software so that our mutual customers have immediate access to best-in-class tools for our devices,” said Danny Biran, Altera’s vice president of product and corporate marketing. “Synplicity supports Altera’s goal of allowing our customers to design with confidence, knowing that they have the tools necessary to achieve the best possible performance while quickly bringing their end systems to market.”

“One of the attractive features of the new Stratix III family is the application-optimized device options that are available to designers, including versions targeted for DSP applications,” said Andy Haines, senior vice president of marketing at Synplicity. “We believe that our long-standing partnership with Altera allows users of these new devices to expect immediate access to design tools that provide the best possible performance for their high-density designs.”

Designed on the 65-nm node, Altera’s new high-end Stratix III FPGAs are the industry’s lowest-power, highest-performing FPGA devices. The Stratix III family is designed to deliver 50 percent lower power, 25 percent higher performance and twice the density of its Stratix II predecessor, and is available in three family variants — a logic-optimized family, an enhanced-feature family with more memory and DSP blocks and a family with integrated multi-gigabit transceivers.

Pricing and Availability
The Synplify Pro software, offering support for Stratix III devices, is available now. Pricing for the Synplify software starts at $10,450 (U.S.). Pricing for the Synplify DSP software starts at $9,950 (U.S.). For more information contact your local Synplicity sales office.

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 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.

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