Synplicity Pro FPGA Synthesis Supports for Xilinx Spartan-3A Devices

Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced its industry-leading Synplify Pro(R) FPGA synthesis software provides optimal support for Xilinx(R) new low-cost, high-volume Spartan(TM)-3A family of I/O-optimized FPGAs.

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(TM) 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.

Pricing and Availability
The Synplify Pro software, offering support for Spartan-3A devices, is available now. Pricing for the Synplify software starts at $10,450 (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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