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North Carolina State University Receives Charles Babbage Grant From Synopsys 

New IC Design Lab Dedicated to World-Class Electronic Design Academics and Advanced Research

August 2008 - Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, announced that the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, NC, is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant sponsored by Synopsys. Through the grant, NCSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will receive licenses of Synopsys' comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property, along with curricula, support and professor training, and 32 Dell OptiPlex 755 desktop systems to outfit the new Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory.

Synopsys software provides students and researchers the opportunity to utilize industrial tools for logic and physical synthesis, circuit simulation, nanometer device modeling and fabrication process modeling in both academics and research. Synopsys software serves as the foundation for an industry-standard design flow where students get real-world, hands-on experience building and testing their designs.

"Support of university programs by the EDA industry is essential for maintaining U.S. leadership in silicon design," said Dr. Paul Franzon, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NCSU. "Synopsys tools have been at the center of our digital design curriculum and CAD infrastructure for many years. We welcome this grant by Synopsys to help maintain and improve our design education infrastructure for training the next generation of IC engineers."

Access to commercial-grade design tools for advanced research and microelectronic design is a common issue facing universities today. Synopsys helps solve this challenge through initiatives like the Charles Babbage Grant and its Worldwide University Program, which provide select universities with design software for modern electronic design flows and leading commercial IC fabrication processes. Previous grant recipients in the United States include Southern Methodist University, Purdue University, Syracuse University, San Jose State University and Case Western Reserve University.

"Synopsys selected NCSU for its leadership in education and research, and academic focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as its current efforts to develop an open source, Open-Access-based process design kit for 45 nanometer technology," said Rich Goldman, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic market development at Synopsys. "Through this grant, Synopsys enables NCSU to further its mission to expose students to modern engineering principles with access to modern equipment and technology to support their educational experience and to prepare them to assume leadership roles in industry, academia and government."

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 on modern, powerful computers 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 and hardware. This enhances their understanding of how learning applies to the real world of IC 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. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys’ comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, software-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 65 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at

About the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University North Carolina State University's College of Engineering stands among the top tier of engineering programs in the nation. With an annual enrollment of more than 7,800, the college is among the largest producers of all engineering degrees in the United States. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the College of Engineering offers 18 bachelor's, 17 master's and 13 doctoral degree programs through traditional, campus-based degree programs as well as 10 online engineering master’s degree programs through Engineering Online. As the largest engineering college in North Carolina, the College of Engineering is ranked 19th among public research colleges of engineering by US News & World Report and 25th in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities developed by the Institute of Higher Education of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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