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Synopsys Launches OpenVera Catalyst Program

Twenty leading design and verification service companies join program to provide OpenVera verification intellectual property and expert verification services

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., September XX, 2001 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the technology leader for complex integrated circuit (IC) design, today launched the OpenVera™ Catalyst Program with the participation of 20 design and verification service companies. The OpenVera Catalyst Program creates a broad network of design and verification service companies with expert tool and methodology knowledge in leading verification solutions such as VERAŽ, testbench tool, VCS Verilog™ simulator and Scirocco™ VHDL simulator to help the design and verification community meet the challenges of system-on-a-chip(SoC) verification.

"We’re very excited to announce the OpenVera Catalyst Program and look forward to working with current and future members," said Jim Watts, OpenVera program manager at Synopsys. "Our joint customers will benefit by having access to a broad range of OpenVera verification IP and a network of experts trained on leading verification technologies to enhance their verification productivity."

Participating members of the Catalyst Program will create and commercialize OpenVera verification intellectual property to accelerate the development of complete verification suites. The verification suites include traffic generators, bus functional models, protocol checkers and functional coverage objects. The initial OpenVera Catalyst Program members are: Aurora VLSI, Azure Software, ControlNet, CMOSChips, e-Infochips, GDA Technologies, HCL Technologies, Inspiration Technologies, Interra Technologies, Intrinsix, Netsys Software, Paradigm Works, PicoCraft, SmartSand, Qualis Design, Silicon Interfaces, Spike Technologies, Willamette HDL, WiPro and Zaiq Technologies.

"Customers are clamoring for proven verification methodologies and tools to ensure that their designs are done right the first time," said Janick Bergeron, chief technology officer at Qualis Design, a leading verification IP and methodology consulting firm. "Through the OpenVera Catalyst Program, we will address our customers’ challenges by providing expert services on VERA methodology and by offering high quality, reusable OpenVera verification IP."

"We are happy to provide our customers with OpenVera expertise and IP for state-of-the-art verification technology," said Ravi Thummarukudy, vice president of IC design services at GDA Technologies, a leading design services company. "We are witnessing a growing momentum behind OpenVera and are looking forward to developing ready made verification solutions to help customers get up and running with complex testbench solutions in days instead of weeks or months."

About OpenVera Catalyst Program

The OpenVera Catalyst Program is open to design service companies that offer services in verification of complex ICs. Catalyst Program members will receive software licenses and free training for VERA, VCS and Scirocco to create OpenVera verification IP and make it available to a rapidly growing market base of OpenVera users. Through the OpenVera Catalyst Program, customers verifying complex ICs and systems-on-chip (SoCs) are assured of fully trained and supported verification service companies that will apply Synopsys’ proven verification technology in the verification flow for their complex designs.

About OpenVera

OpenVera is an intuitive, high-level, object-oriented programming language developed specifically to meet the unique requirements of functional verification. The language enables users to describe the target application environment, including complex protocols and data objects, at a high level of abstraction, which dramatically increases verification productivity, readability and reusability. OpenVera is available to everyone through a no-fee open source licensing model. For more information on OpenVera, visit www.open-vera.com.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), headquartered in Mountain View, California, creates leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools for the global electronics market. The company delivers advanced design technologies and solutions to developers of complex integrated circuits, electronic systems and systems on a chip. Synopsys also provides consulting and support services to simplify the overall IC design process and accelerate time to market for its customers. Visit Synopsys at http://www.synopsys.com.

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