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Yerevan State University Receives Charles Babbage Grant from Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation and Sun Micro Systems
University to Receive World-Class Laboratory to Advance Education in Microelectronics Design

YEREVAN, Armenia – September 27, 2006 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced that Yerevan State University (YSU), a leading technology institution in Armenia, is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant from the Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation and Sun Microsystems. YSU will receive software licenses for Synopsys’ comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) University Tools Package, along with curriculum support and professor training, as well as Sun RayTM client hardware and server software from Sun Microsystems, for their new engineering laboratory.

The Charles Babbage grant creates a modern electronic design facility for YSU and enables them to expand their engineering programs into all aspects of state-of-the-art System-on-Chip design including implementation, verification, test, and design for manufacturing. YSU will use the new engineering laboratory for their microelectronic design teaching and advanced research programs.

“As a result of the Cooperation Agreement signed between YSU and Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation in December of 2005, Synopsys is delivering on it’s commitment to invest in microelectronics design and computer science education in Armenia,” said Rich Goldman vice president, Strategic Market Development at Synopsys. “Selection of YSU for the Charles Babbage Grant helps achieve their mission to advance progress in education and science and to graduate students fully prepared to contribute to the national engineering workforce -- a critical component to building a competitive IT industry in Armenia.”

In collaboration with YSU, Synopsys provides assistance and resources to promote education in the field of microelectronics design and computer science for the Informatics, Applied Mathematics, Radio Physics and Physics departments. This support includes contributions to the development and modernization of classrooms and laboratories, technical guidance, curriculum development support, student stipends and financial support for administration and professor incentives. Support for organizing scientific seminars, symposiums and other research and scientific activities that allow engineering students the opportunity to showcase their research and achievements is also provided.

“Receiving the Charles Babbage Grant furthers the development and modernization goals for our university,” Aram Simonyan, Rector, Yerevan State University. “Access to leading-edge design software and compute hardware enables our engineering students to learn in the same environment as their industry counterparts, increasing the value of the student experience and research and better preparing them for success in Armenia’s growing IT industry. We are honored by Synopsys’ commitment and contribution to our institution and to Armenia’s IT industry.”

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 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, enhancing their understanding of how learning applies to the real world of SoC 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 Yerevan State University
Yerevan State University was founded on May 16, 1919. YSU approved to be the Alma Mater of the whole educational system in Armenia and continues to play a leading role in education, science, culture and economics. Currently it has 110 departments. Among University staff there are 25 academicians, 130 professors, 700 associate professors, and 360 assistant lecturers. The university has 400 researchers, 250 post-graduate students, and 9,500 undergraduates, including 300 students from abroad.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in EDA software for semiconductor design. The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification platforms and IC manufacturing software products to the global electronics market, enabling the development and production of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

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