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Georgia Marszalek, Simpod Public Relations Counsel, 650-345-7477,

Simpod Signs up for Synplicity's "PARTNERS IN PROTOTYPING" Program

Program promises to improve ASIC Prototyping

Santa Clara, CA, May 15, 2000 - Simpod Inc., an EDA company in the embedded systems verification market, today announced that it has become a charter member of Synplicity's (Sunnyvale, CA) Partners in Prototyping (PIP) program. (See related press release from Synplicity today.)

Simpod is working with Synplicity to verify interoperability between its hardware modeling offering and Synplicity's Certify RTL-based prototyping tool in order to develop a smooth flow for ASIC designers, system designers and intellectual property developers.

Charlie Miller, Simpod's VP of sales remarked, "Our DeskPOD product offers Synplicity's Certify customers a methodology for debugging their prototype systems, as well as a way of accelerating hardware verification. With our experience in hardware modeling, hardware/software co-verification and complex ASIC debugging, we appreciate the advantages that a Certify-based RTL prototyping methodology offers ASIC designers."

Partners in Prototyping--Establishing an RTL Functional Prototyping Design Flow
Synplicity established the Partners in Prototyping program to identify and qualify a design methodology between Certify and complementary hardware, software and design services used in RTL functional prototyping. Incorporating RTL functional prototyping into the ASIC design flow offers designers substantial time to market advantages and enables early system software debugging. The availability of pre-defined, interoperable solutions reduces the risk of incorporating this FPGA-based prototyping methodology into an existing design flow.

About Synplicity's Certify
Leveraging Synplicity's core synthesis and partitioning technologies, Certify allows designers to create functional hardware prototypes of their design prior to ASIC synthesis. This unique approach results in higher performance and productivity than gate-level partitioning approaches, which require multiple iterations to achieve a suitable partitioning of the devices, and enables faster time-to-market, especially for the one-million-gate-plus ASIC/SoC designs used for multimedia and communications applications.

Certify also enables extensive verification that previously could not be performed at the RT level without weeks of manual effort and modification of the RTL code. The creation of a functional hardware prototype at the RT level enables ASIC designers to perform the following tasks at or near system speed: hardware/software co-verification; algorithm development and verification; verification of intellectual property, either cores or library elements; system software development and debugging, verification of system-level protocol compatibility and early system/product development with FPGAs.

About Simpod's DeskPOD
DeskPOD is used to verify embedded system and ASIC designs. Its full-functional modeling technology combines the accuracy demanded by hardware engineers with the performance, ease of use and debugging capabilities needed by software engineers. DeskPOD models, including models for microprocessors, are used for logic simulation and for hardware and software (HW/SW) co-verification.

About Synplicity
Founded in 1994, Synplicity Inc. delivers the benefits of logic synthesis and embedded synthesis technologies to programmable logic and ASIC designers by developing fast, easy-to-use, affordable tools with extremely high quality results. Synplicity products support industry-standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog), run on popular platforms (Windows 95/98, Windows NT and UNIX) and support leading PLD manufacturers.
The company is located at 935 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94086.
Telephone: 408/215-6000; Fax: 408/990-0290;

The specific features, functionality and release timing of any new products or new versions of current products remains at the sole discretion of Synplicity, Inc., and no warranty is made as to when or if specific features, functionality or releases may occur.

About Simpod, Inc.
Simpod, Inc. offers a new generation of high-performance hardware modeling systems for use in the design and verification of digital electronic systems. The company's technologies are incorporated in the DeskPOD product for use in design and verification of embedded systems. More information about the company and its products may be obtained from the World Wide Web at


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ASIC   Application Specific Integrated Circuit
EDA   Electronic Design Automation
HDL   Hardware Description Language
HW/SW   Hardware and Software
IC   Integrated Circuit
RTL   Register Transfer Language
SoC   Systems-on-Chip

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