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Synopsys Inc. and Moscow Institue of Electonic Technology (MIET) Start Joint Educational Program
Program to help advance the high-tech industry in Russia through education of Russian students in integrated circuit design at the modernized Synopsys-MIET Education Center

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – October 6, 2006 – Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced the signing of a Cooperation Agreement establishing a joint educational program at MIET. With Synopsys’ assistance, MIET will establish a modern Masters program providing advanced education in microelectronics, based on the Synopsys tool suite and curriculum. MIET will also receive 20 software licenses for Synopsys’ comprehensive, industry-leading electronic design automation (EDA) University Tools Package.

Under the program, Synopsys is providing financial support for establishing educational courses, a new computer laboratory in MIET’s educational center, curriculum by Synopsys Armenia Educational Department, Foundry Technology Kit, training of MIET professors, teaching to MIET students, supervision of Master theses, and technical support. Two groups of 20 students have begun their study in the Master’s program.

In conjunction with the cooperation agreement, Synopsys also announced that MIET is the latest winner of a Charles Babbage Grant. The grant establishes ‘The Synopsys Charles Babbage Computing Laboratory at MIET’, a state-of-the-art electronic design facility that enables MIET to expand their engineering programs into all aspects of system-on-chip design, including implementation, verification, test and design for manufacturing.

“The Charles Babbage Computer Laboratory marks a new level of cooperation between Synopsys and MIET. Through this co operation, we will be strong contributors to the education of Russia’s future electrical engineers, benefiting Russia’s high tech economy. We are proud to be associated with the prestigious institution, MIET, in this endeavor.” said Rich Goldman, vice president for Strategic Market Development of Synopsys Inc. and CEO of Synopsys Armenia CJSC.

“This cooperation with Synopsys represents the next step for MIET and reaffirms our role as Russia’s premier institution for technical education. We look forward to a long relationship with Synopsys, as together we train the next generation of Russia’s engineers.” said Rector Yuri A. Chaplygin, associate member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Engineering Science, professor.

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

About Synopsys Armenia CJSC
Electronic design automation leader Synopsys entered Armenia under the RA Government’s proclamation to make information technologies a high-priority field in Armenia. Since the establishment of Synopsys Armenia CJSC in 2004 (???), Synopsys’ activities in Armenia have become well-known. A key activity for the company is assisting in the development of educational programs in Armenia in cooperation with State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), Yerevan State University (YSU) and American University of Armenia (AUA). To date, 168 students have graduated from these programs. The programs have proven highly effective, providing the advanced skills necessary for the majority of these graduates to secure jobs within Synopsys Armenia CJSC. Synopsys also organizes and sponsors a variety of charity campaigns and contests in Armenia. Among these are the sponsorship of the annual educational awards of the President of RA in the field of information technologies, and the organization and sponsorship of the first Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad.

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 http://www.synopsys.com

Editorial Contact
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
E: gayanem@synopsys.com

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