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Synopsys and Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET) Successfully Collaborate on Educating Russian Students in Integrated Circuit Design
Fifty-seven students have already graduated the Synopsys-MIET joint Master’s Program to help lead Russia into its next stage of technology development

Moscow, Russia, June 7, 2010 -- Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET), today announced that another 19 master’s students of the Synopsys and MIET joint educational program successfully completed the program and are ready to begin their professional engineering careers. In 2006, with Synopsys’ assistance, MIET established a modern two-year master’s program providing advanced education in microelectronics based on Synopsys’ EDA tools and a curriculum developed as part of the Synopsys Worldwide University Program. The program is focused on training highly qualified specialists in the field of very large scale integration (VLSI) design at the Synopsys-MIET Educational Center. This is the third year the joint program with MIET has graduated students. In the past two years, 38 students have completed the program benefiting Russia’s growing high-tech industry.

During this year’s commencement ceremony, Dr. Chi-Foon Chan, the president and COO of Synopsys, Inc., conferred Synopsys Certificates of Achievement to the graduates. MIET Rector Yuri A. Chaplygin, an associate member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a Doctor of Engineering Science, and a professor, conferred MIET diplomas to the graduates.

A customized Synopsys Armenia CJSC Educational Department (SAED) curriculum for VLSI design is at the heart of the joint educational master’s program. 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 EDA University Tools Package. Synopsys provided a 90 nanometer (nm) Educational Design Kit which enables state-of-the-art design in an educational environment. Teaching is conducted jointly by Synopsys professionals and MIET professors. Twenty students are admitted to the two-year program each year.

“With 57 graduates of the joint Synopsys-MIET master’s program to date, Russia is building a solid base for the growth of its high-tech economy,” said Dr. Chan. “Synopsys has invested in this educational program because we believe in the importance of preparing the next generation of engineers in Russia and throughout the world. Russia’s high-tech industry shows great potential and we look forward to seeing the contributions these graduates can make to the country’s microelectronics design industry.”

“We are really glad to work with Synopsys, a world leader in EDA, and its Armenian branch. This cooperation gives us great possibilities for training world-class specialists in EDA. I hope that Dr. Chan’s visit will help us promote the cooperation to a new level,” said Dr. Chaplygin.

“Now in our fourth year of the program, our annual June commencement is becoming a proud tradition celebrating a unique model of USA-Armenia-Russia collaboration. The success of our students is proof that this model works, and we are looking forward to expanding our cooperation with MIET as we continue to contribute to the renaissance of the Russian semiconductor industry,” said Rich Goldman, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances, CEO of Synopsys Armenia, and honorary professor of MIET.

“Every year MIET graduates demonstrate a significant increase in both their theoretical knowledge and skills in using the most advanced EDA tools,” said Dr. Vazgen Melikyan, director of Synopsys Armenia Educational Department and honorable scientist of the Republic of Armenia.

About Synopsys Worldwide University Programs
Synopsys Worldwide University Programs have been providing technology, tools and resources for teaching and academic research since 1986. The programs serve 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 Programs give easy access to Synopsys’ best-in-class EDA tools while providing 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 and over 300 PhDs – complemented by a sound technical base, personal curricula and modern training methods. The curricula of the departments provide fundamental training in physics, mathematics and computer science. They also provide in-depth study of a foreign language, professional training and high-quality training in management and marketing. MIET cooperates with leading universities of Europe and the United States, taking 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 the electronics industry: Cadence, Synopsys, Freescale Semiconductor, PTC, Mentor Graphics and others.

About Synopsys Armenia CJSC and Synopsys, Inc.
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys established its presence in Armenia in 2004, after Armenia declared information technology (IT) as a priority business for the country. Since then, Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC) has become an important Synopsys site, providing R&D and product support in EDA, design for manufacturing (DFM) and the development of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). The company employs several hundred qualified Armenian engineers and is one of largest IT employers in Armenia. To help provide Armenia with highly qualified IT specialists, Synopsys Armenia invests locally in IT education and is engaged in a number of successful cooperation programs with major Armenian universities such as Yerevan State University (YSU), State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), American University of Armenia (AUA), Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University, and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technologies (MIET). The company consistently promotes public interest in the high tech industry by sponsoring Presidential Awards for the best students in IT and contests among young specialists and students, and engages the broader community through charity work and volunteer activities. Synopsys Armenia CJSC is located in Yerevan. Synopsys, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 65 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys, Inc. and Synopsys Armenia online at and

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