Purdue University Receives Charles Babbage Grant From Synopsys And Sun Microsystems

Synopsys Tools Aid Microelectronic Design in New Birck Nanotechnology Center

Mar 30, 2006, 00:00 ET from Synopsys, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today
 announced that Purdue University is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant.
 Purdue will receive 50 licenses of Synopsys electronic design automation (EDA)
 University Tools Package software, as well as Sun Ray(TM) client hardware and
 server software from Sun Microsystems, for their VLSI Design Laboratory.
 Purdue will use the Synopsys licenses for their graduate and undergraduate
 engineering programs in ASIC Design, as well as for leading-edge
 microelectronics and nanoscale research, in their new Birck Nanotechnology
 Center. The Birck Nanotechnology Center is considered among the best
 university facilities of its kind in the nation for nanotechnology research.
     A wide range of Synopsys tools in use at Purdue today provides students
 and researchers the opportunity to utilize industrial tools for ASIC
 synthesis, circuit simulation, nanometer device modeling, and fabrication
 process modeling in both academics and research. Synopsys tools serve as the
 foundation for an industry standard design flow in the ASIC Design Laboratory
 where students get real world experience building and testing their designs.
     In the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Synopsys provides device and process
 modeling tools for conducting nanoscale research and creating advanced
 devices. For VLSI and RF-MEMS research, a comprehensive set of EDA tools
 backed by Synopsys' support network provides a complete hardware design
 environment. This eliminates the difficult task of assembling a patchwork of
 open source and niche tools that often lack the necessary technology files and
 models for commercial processes.
     Finding access to robust design tools with the required peripheral support
 for advanced research and microelectronic design is a common issue facing
 universities today. Synopsys solves this challenge through programs like the
 Charles Babbage Grant which provides select universities with design software
 for modern electronic design flows and leading commercial IC fabrication
     "Receiving the Charles Babbage Grant furthers the development and
 modernization goals for our VLSI Design and Engineering laboratories," said
 Mark C. Johnson, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue
 University. "Access to leading-edge design software and compute hardware
 enables our engineering students to learn in the same environment as their
 industry counterparts, increasing the value of the student experience and
 research at Purdue University."
     "Synopsys selected Purdue University to receive this grant because of
 their leadership and commitment to leading-edge microelectronic design and
 nanotechnology research," said Rich Goldman, vice president, Strategic Market
 Development at Synopsys. "Through this grant, Synopsys helps prepare students
 and researchers to meet the challenges of nanoscale design and build careers
 in the microelectronic industry."
     About the Charles Babbage Grant
     The Charles Babbage Grant provides select universities worldwide with
 state-of-the-art EDA tools, training, support and technology.  It enables
 institutions of higher education to enhance their expertise in
 microelectronics circuits and system design.  Use of the Synopsys tools from
 the grant helps universities to better prepare their graduates for the future
 by providing hands-on experience with current industry practices, modern
 design techniques, and actual design tools, enhancing their understanding of
 how learning applies to the real world of SoC design. The grant is named after
 British mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage, who designed and built
 mechanical computing machines on principles that anticipated the modern
 electronic computers of today over 150 years ago.
     About Synopsys
     Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in EDA software for semiconductor design.
 The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification
 platforms and IC manufacturing software products to the global electronics
 market, enabling the development and production of complex systems-on-chips
 (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to
 simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers.
 Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more
 than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit
 Synopsys online at http:/www.synopsys.com .
     NOTE:  Synopsys is registered trademark of Synopsys, Inc. Any other
 trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the
 intellectual property of their respective owners.
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      Synopsys, Inc.
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