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Synopsys and Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET) graduate first class of joint educational program
Twenty highly qualified electrical engineers ready to begin their professional engineering careers benefiting Russia’s growing High-Tech industry

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - June 5, 2008 - Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, today announced that 20 Master students of Synopsys and MIET joint educational program successfully completed the Synopsys’ Educational program and now stand ready to begin their professional engineering careers. In 2006, with Synopsys’ assistance, MIET established a modern Masters program providing advanced education in microelectronics, based on the Synopsys tool suite and curriculum. The program’s goal is to train highly qualified specialists in the field of very large scale integration (VLSI) design through the use of Synopsys EDA tools. After two years of hard study, today’s graduates are well equipped to meet the highest international engineering standards.

During the commencement ceremony, Dr. Rich Goldman, vice president of Corporate Marketing & Strategic Market Development at Synopsys, conferred Synopsys Certificates of Achievement and MIET Rector Yuri A. Chaplygin, associate member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Engineering Science, professor, conferred MIET Diplomas to the graduates.

The Master program is conducted by a customized Synopsys Armenia CJSC Educational Department curriculum for VLSI design. Study is carried out in the Synopsys-MIET Educational Center where each student has access to the latest EDA software tools.

MIET received 20 software licenses for Synopsys’ comprehensive, industry-leading electronic design automation (EDA) University Tools Packages. Teaching is completed jointly with leading Synopsys professionals and MIET professors.

“Today marks an important milestone in Russia’s developing IC design industry. Together with our strong partner MIET, we are proud to graduate these 20 students, the first of many to come in future years. These graduates are poised to help lead Russia into the next stage of technology development,” said Rich Goldman.

“We implement a wide range of preparation programs in our university in the sphere of electronics and IT. The first graduation of the Synopsys-MIET Masters program is the result of the great joint work of an international team. We each received a valuable experience and I hope is happy with the results,” said Yuri A. Chaplygin.

“Our joint education activity is important not only for the development of high technology industry in Russia but also for strengthening partner relationships and alliances between our countries.”

“This is a pioneering program in a sense that though SAED cooperates with many universities, this program is realized at a distance, providing all the curricula including syllabus, lectures presentation slides and notes, laboratory works, curse projects, homework, exams and training of lecturers. All the time during our collaboration we have felt the great support of MIET management and specialists, without which such success wouldn’t have been achieved,” said Dr. Vazgen Melikyan, Director of SAED, Honorable Scientist of RA, Professor.

About Synopsys University program
The Synopsys Worldwide University Programs have been providing technology, tools and resources for teaching and academic research since 1986. The Synopsys University Program includes thousands of students and professors worldwide, with Synopsys tools currently installed in more than 450 educational institutions. University professors and staff have the unique responsibility of preparing the future workforce and conducting research to advance technology. The Synopsys Worldwide University Program gives easy access to Synopsys’ best-in-class EDA tools while providing free training, high-quality support and curriculum development assistance. By enabling engineering students to receive hands-on experience with Synopsys’ industry-leading commercial tools, graduates are more likely to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to be quickly productive in the fast-paced world of semiconductor technology.

About MIET
Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (Technical University) was founded in 1965. It is situated in Zelenograd. MIET training of superior quality is carried out by highly skilled faculty, including more than 100 Doctors of Sciences, over 300 PhDs along with a sound technical base, personal curricula and modern training methods. The curricula of the departments provide fundamental training in physics, mathematics and computer science along with an in-depth study of a foreign language, high-quality training in management, marketing and profound professional training. MIET cooperates with leading universities of Europe and the United States, takes part in undergraduate, postgraduate and professor exchange programs. Full-time students do their practical work at MIET scientific laboratories and subdivisions, as well as at Moscow and Zelenograd companies. A program of elite professional training is carried out at MIET in cooperation with a number of foreign leaders in electronics industry: Cadence, Synopsys, Freescale Semiconductor, PTC, Mentor Graphics and others.

About Synopsys Armenia CJSC
Synopsys established its presence in Armenia in 2004, shortly after Armenia’s declaration of information technology (IT) as a priority business for the country. Since then, Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC), has become one of the largest Synopsys sites outside of the US, providing R&D and product support in EDA, design for manufacturing (DFM) and the development of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). Currently, the company employs several hundred qualified Armenian engineers, and is one of largest IT employers in Armenia. To support its growth, the company is investing in IT education, and is engaged in a number of pioneering and successful cooperation programs with major Armenian universities, such as Yerevan State University (YSU), State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), American University of Armenia (AUA), and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technologies (MIET). To supplement these activities, the company consistently promotes public interest in the industry by sponsoring Presidential Awards for the best students in IT, contests among young specialists and students, and through media, charity work and volunteer activities. Synopsys Armenia CJSC is located in Yerevan. Visit Synopsys Armenia online at http://www.synopsys.am.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, The company delivers technology-leading system and semiconductor design and verification platforms, IC manufacturing and yield optimization solutions, semiconductor intellectual property and design services to the global electronics market. These solutions enable the development and production of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems. Through its comprehensive solutions, Synopsys addresses the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, including power management, accelerated time to yield and system-to-silicon verification. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 60 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at http://www.synopsys.com.

Editorial Contacts
Gayane Markosyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC
41 Arshakunyats Avenue
ViaSphere Technopark, Bldg. #1
Republic of Armenia, 0026 Yerevan
T: (37410) 49 2356
F: (37410) 49 2696
E: gayanem@synopsys.com

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