Synplicity Announces Support for Altera's Cyclone III FPGAs

Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced immediate support for Altera Corporation’s low-cost Cyclone III FPGAs. Synplicity optimized its Synplify Pro(R) FPGA synthesis software to provide a fast, easy-to-use solution that enables Cyclone III customers to quickly reach their timing goals, while achieving cost reduction through optimal area utilization.

The optimizations made within the Synplify Pro software are a result of the long-standing partnership and close development activities between the two companies. Through this partnership, Altera provided Synplicity access to its new device architectures months ahead of the public release, enabling Synplicity to deliver best-in-class RTL-based solutions tailored for Altera’s device families.

“Our Cyclone III FPGAs provide customers with an unprecedented combination of power consumption, functionality, and cost,” said Danny Biran, vice president of product and corporate marketing, Altera. “Together with Synplicity’s synthesis solutions, our Cyclone III FPGAs enable high-volume FPGA designers to get more value from their devices, sooner, and for lower costs. We continue to recommend the Synplify Pro software to customers who require the best performance and area results from Altera FPGAs.”

“Synplicity and Altera share a common goal of delivering high-performance, high-productivity solutions that reduce overall development and system costs,” said Andy Haines, senior vice president of marketing at Synplicity. “The Cyclone III family-specific optimizations made to our Synplify Pro software enable designers to fully leverage the flexibility and other cost-saving features of Cyclone III devices. This announcement reinforces the commitment we have to our customers to provide timely support for the latest FPGA architectures so they can easily achieve their performance, cost and time to market goals.”

By using less logic to implement a Cyclone III design the Synplify Pro software can reduce design cost by enabling use of a smaller, less expensive device. The Synplify Pro software contains true timing-driven synthesis algorithms which work first to meet timing requirements, then to reduce the logic used while maintaining the timing requirement. With the Synplify Pro product Cyclone III customers will be able to achieve aggressive performance and cost objectives while at the same time differentiating their products in order to respond to changing market opportunities.

Pricing and Availability
The Synplify Pro software, offering support for Cyclone III 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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