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Fourth Annual Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad Expands Participation to Include Competitors from Russia and Ukraine
180 Participants Competed for Seven Prizes During Synopsys Week

YEREVAN, Armenia - September 30, 2009 - Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced that the Fourth Annual Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad held last month extended its borders for the first time to include participants from Russia and Ukraine. 132 of the 180 competitors were students from: Yerevan State University (YSU), State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (RAU) and European Regional Educational Academy (ERIICTA); 10 competitors were from Moscow Institute of Electronics Technology (MIET); 27 were from Kharkov National University of Radio Electronics (KNURE); and 11 were from Gyumri Information Technologies Center (GITC).

All 180 competitors pursued only seven prizes, which were awarded to the top performers. The Olympiad reflects the growing development of microelectronics design in Armenia by putting the spotlight on Armenia's brightest and most talented engineers under the age of 30.

Olympiad topics included Digital IC Design and Testing, Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design and Testing, Semiconductor Devices and Technology and Mathematical and Algorithmic Issues of Electronic Design Automation (EDA).

The Olympiad was conducted in two stages. The first stage, which entailed a test involving a number of basic tasks, was held on: September 4 in Kharkov, September 9 in Moscow, September 10 in Gyumri and September 18 in Yerevan. The top contestants advanced to the second stage, which involved a challenging contest and complex engineering tasks requiring advanced solutions. Of the 180 participants in the first stage, only 47 qualified for the second stage held on September 30 in Synopsys Armenia Educational Department (SAED). Five were from Gyumri, two from Moscow and one from Ukraine.

Synopsys held an evening reception on October 1 in Yerevan Chamber Music Hall to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad, who were:
  • 1st prize - Notebook computer went to Ara Gevorgyan, SAED 1st year Master student
  • 2nd prize - 300000 AMD went to Arman Avetisyan SAED 1st year Master student
  • 3rd prize - 150000 AMD went to Hayk Dingchyan SAED 1st year Master student
  • Best Engineering Solution - prize from Virage Logic went to Aleksey Suslov from MIET, Russia
  • Best Result among Participants from Russia - prize from APAVEN LLC went to Igor Mukhin from MIET, Russia
  • Best Result among Participants from Ukraine - prize from ARMINCO CJSC went to Burkovskyi Maksym from KNURE, Ukraine
  • Best Result among Participants from Gyumri - special prize of the RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan went to Balyan Armen from GITC, Gyumri.
Olympiad Sponsors were: Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Vivacell MTS/K-Telekom CJSC, USAID CAPS project, MICROSOFT RA, Unicomp CJSC, "Enterprise Incubator" Foundation (EIF), Virage Logic International Corporation Armenian branch, ACBA Bank, Arminco CJSC, Viasphere Technopark CJSC, Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE), Union of Manufacturers & Businessmen of Armenia (UMBA), Apaven LTD, ARCA Agency, Yerkir Media TV, N-Sourcer ART SIGHT LLC, Mediastyle Holding, "Business Express" Weekly, "ECOnomika" Magazine, "168 Hours" Daily and Public Radio of Armenia.

"This year the Olympiad included participants from Russia and Ukraine, which indicates that this initiative aimed at developing young IT specialists is gaining international prestige and is a great platform to bring together diverse perspectives," said Tigran Sargsyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. "Through this event, we are also seeing that Armenian engineers are able to successfully compete with engineers from other regions and that they are taking great strides to stay at the forefront of microelectronics design."

"The main goals of the Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad are: incenting further development of microelectronics in Armenia; discovering young, talented engineers; increasing interest in microelectronics among Armenia's youth; and identifying necessary improvements in educational programs," said Rich Goldman, President of the Organizing Committee of the Olympiad (Appendix 1), chief executive officer of Synopsys Armenia CSJC, and vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Synopsys. "We are contributing to the development of the IT sphere in Armenia, through special programs and events such as the annual Olympiad event and the annual RA Presidential Awards, which are given to the top students in the IT Sector. The latest addition is the Annual Award of the President of the Republic of Armenia for Outstanding Contribution to Global IT, which will be granted this year for the first time."

"We are happy to see that the Olympiad attracted interest outside of Armenia this year, which significantly increased the number of participating students. The list of participating companies and institutions, as a result, also expanded," said professor Vazgen Melikyan, president of the Program Committee of Olympiad (Appendix 2), director of Synopsys Armenia Educational Department, head of the interdepartmental chair of SEUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems," and honorable scientist of RA. "The Olympiad is a good opportunity for participants to present their knowledge and skills, evaluate their performance and determine the best courses of action for further development."

"The Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad is a great opportunity for us to show our skills and potential in microelectronics design," said fourth course Bachelor's student of Synopsys Armenia Educational program Hamlet Aslanyan. "Participating in such competitions is very useful for improving our knowledge and developing the ability to undertake even the most challenging tasks."

About Annual Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad
The First Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad was held on September 22-26, 2006. Eighty-two participants took part in the first stage, 32 of which passed to the second stage. The Second Annual Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad was held on September 18-26, 2007. One hundred and eighteen participants took part in the first stage, 48 of whom passed to the second stage. Visit Annual Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad online at http://www.microolymp.am.

About the Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation
The Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation was established in July of 2005. It supports Synopsys' R&D operations in Armenia through a number of educational and social initiatives. Its activities are divided into two sections: educational and social. The Foundation's educational programs include support to all Synopsys educational programs for ongoing professional engineering education, conducted in cooperation with major Armenia universities. The Foundation also funds the RA Presidential Awards for the best students in the IT sector and sponsors various IT-related contests targeting students and young professionals. The foundation's social activities primarily assist the local communities.

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 http://www.synopsys.com and http://www.synopsys.am.

(Appendix 1)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Rich GoldmanCEO of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Strategic Market Alliances, Synopsys, Inc.
Honorable Doctor of State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA),
Honorable Professor of Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET)
Members
Hovik Musayelyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC, General Manager
Andranik Hovhannisyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Deputy General Manager
Vladimir Harutyunyan
Academician of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (RA NAS), Head of Yerevan State University (YSU) Chair
Harutyun Terzyan
Academician of RA NAS, SEUA Professor
Eduard Ghazaryan
Academician of RA NAS, Head of Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (RAU) Chair
Ralph Yirikyan
Vivacell MTS/K-Telecom CJSC, CEO
Armen Abrahamyan
USAID “CAPS” Project, IT Cluster Coordinator
Garegin Chugaszyan
Information Technologies Foundation, Executive Director
Arsen Ghazaryan
Union of Manufacturers & Businessmen of Armenia (UMBA), President
Aram Vardanyan
Viasphere Technopark CJSC, General Manager
Armen Baldryan
Unicomp CJSC, Director
Varuzhan Meserejyan
Armenian branch of Virage Logic International Corporation, Executive Director
Bagrat Yengibaryan
Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), Director
Karen Vardanyan
Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE), Executive Director
Hovhannes Avoyan
UITE, President; SORCIO CJSC, President
Stepan Gishyan
ACBA Bank, President
Andranik Aleksanyan
Arminco CJSC, General Manager
Grigor Barseghyan
MICROSOFT RA, Director
Gagik Boyakhchyan
Sonics Armenia Holdings, Director of Armenian Design Center
Eduard Naghdalyan
"Business Express" Weekly, Editor-in-Chief
Satenik Seyranyan
"168 Hours" Daily, Editor-in-Chief

(Appendix 2)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
President: Vazgen MelikyanDirector of Educational Department of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Head of SEUA “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” Interdepartmental Chair, Honorable Scientist of Armenia, Sci.D., Professor
Members
Hrant Marandjyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Sci.D, Professor
David Parent
SJSU, Accociate Professor
Sergey Umnyashkin
Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, Vice-Rector for international relations and informatization, Sci.D.,
Vladimir Hahanov
Kharkov National University, Head of Radioelectronics Department, Sci.D., Professor
William Movsisyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Department Manager, PhD, Associate Professor
Shura Bozoyan
SEUA Professor, Sci.D.
Sargis Simonyan
Head of SEUA Chair, Sci.D., Professor
Ruben Vardanyan
Head of SEUA Chair, Sci.D., Professor
Vahe Buniatyan
Head of SEUA Chair, Sci.D., Professor
Suren Khudaverdyan
Head of SEUA Chair, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Slavik Melkonyan
Head of YSU Chair, Sci.D., Professor
Stepan Petrosyan
Deputy minister of Diaspora, Sci.D., Professor
Vladimir Yeghiazaryanv
Dean of RAU Chair, Accociate Professor, PhD
Armenak Babayan
SEUA Accociate Professor, PhD
Misak Travajyan
SEUA Accociate Professor, PhD
Ashot Harutyunyan
SEUA Accociate Professor, PhD
Valery Vardanyan
Armenian branch of Virage Logic International Corporation, Scientific worker, Ph.D.
Artur Minasyan
Sonics Armenia Holdings, leading engineer of Armenian Design Center
Gagik Ayvazyan
Viasphere Technopark, Semiconductor Research and Development Center, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Editorial Contacts
Gayane Markosyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC
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T: (37410) 49 2356
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