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Synopsys Armenia Announces Official Opening of New Research and Development Site
Extensive Renovations Convert Former Soviet-era Semiconductor Fab into Modern Engineering and Learning Facility

YEREVAN, Armenia – September 25, 2007 - Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced the official opening of its new site in Yerevan, Armenia. Fashioned from the remains of a former Soviet-era semiconductor fab, the extensively remodeled and upgraded Synopsys office building is now one of the most modern IT research and development facilities in Armenia. Located in ViaSphere Technopark, the new 9,000 square meter site can host up to 500 employees and over 120 students. The site is also the new home to the “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” Interdepartmental Chair at the State Engineering University of Armenia. It includes five state-of-the-art classrooms, all fully equipped with desktop PCs, projection equipment and whiteboards. Synopsys worked with Western specialists to reinforce the existing structure extensively in order to comply with local safety and security standards.

The remodeled site features central air-conditioning, comfortable workplaces, 15 conference rooms and many amenities for employees. These include well-equipped break rooms, a library, a state-of-the-art telephone system, broadband satellite and landline connections, security and safety video recording and monitoring, and many other amenities. The facility’s data center features the largest computing cluster in Armenia, consisting of over 100 dual-processor servers. The data center is equipped with a separate ventilation, air filtration and cooling system, independent from the main air-conditioning system. Power backup supports the security and ventilation systems in the building.

Seven small and eight large beautifully designed conference rooms, conveniently located in the engineering levels provide necessary privacy and comfort for business meetings. The rooms are fully air-conditioned, and equipped with modern teleconferencing equipment, whiteboards, and data and electrical ports for PC and projection equipment.

The buildings main water supply comes from the city network. For emergency cases, the building is outfitted with water tanks with total capacity of 24,000 liter. This amount allows for uninterrupted water supply for an entire working day in case of low pressure or an interruption of the main supply. The water is screened through a complex system of filters to provide smooth operation of its piping and pumping systems.

The building is outfitted with two large break rooms For recreation such as table soccer, chess or table tennis. Each break room features a full kitchen set, including refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave ovens. In addition to the main break rooms, each working level is outfitted with several beautifully designed pantries, each featuring a bar and a kitchen set with coffee/tea makers.

“It’s gratifying to open this facility and help Armenia become an important player in the electronics industry,” said Chi-Foon Chan, president and chief operating officer at Synopsys. “We look forward to a bright future in Armenia, and wish the Synopsys employees here all the best as they contribute to Synopsys’ continued success.”

“We’ve been following this office’s steady progress during the renovation and can now say it was a successful endeavor with a bright future in the region’s burgeoning electronics industry,” said Rich Goldman, vice president of Strategic Market Development at Synopsys and chief operating officer for Synopsys Armenia. “This facility will help Synopsys and its customers establish a vibrant presence in this part of the world.”

“I’m proud to be part of this effort and look to an exciting future for Synopsys in the electronics industry,” said Hovik Musayelyan, general manager of Synopsys Armenia. “I speak for all of us here when I say that we are grateful to Synopsys for this opportunity and know that we can make many meaningful contributions to Synopsys’ electronic design automation tools, flows and IP.”

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.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for semiconductor design. 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

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

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