Dr. Yervant Zorian Appointed President of Synopsys Armenia

EDA and Semiconductor IP Veteran to Lead Synopsys Armenia R&D into Its Next Phase of Growth

YEREVAN, Armenia, Dec. 4, 2015 -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing electronic products and software applications, today announced that Dr. Yervant Zorian, fellow and chief architect at Synopsys, has been appointed president of Synopsys Armenia. In this expanded role, Dr. Zorian will be responsible for driving R&D activities in Armenia that support Synopsys’ strategy to maintain its leadership in EDA and IP. A recipient of the National Medal of Science of the Republic of Armenia, a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and an EDA and IP veteran with over 20 years of experience in leading R&D efforts in Armenia, Dr. Yervant Zorian is well-prepared to help take IT development and technological innovation in Armenia to the next level.

“With over 700 employees, Armenia is the home to one of Synopsys’ largest R&D sites. Our team contributes technical talent and execution excellence to delivering IP and EDA products on leading-edge semiconductor processes,” said Yervant Zorian. “I look forward to working with our team in Armenia to deliver solutions that enable our global customers’ silicon success.”

“Yervant Zorian’s appointment as president of the Armenia site is an important event for our entire team,” said Dr. Hovik Musayelyan, director of Synopsys Armenia. “I have known Yervant for more than ten years, not only as a talented engineer and scientist, but also as an inspiring leader. I am confident that together we can continue to contribute to the evolution of the semiconductor industry in Armenia as well as in the rest of the world.”

About Dr. Yervant Zorian
Dr. Zorian is a Chief Architect and Fellow at Synopsys, as well as President of Synopsys Armenia. Formerly, he was Vice President and Chief Scientist of Virage Logic, Chief Technologist at LogicVision, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Zorian is also the President of IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), the founder and chair of the IEEE 1500 Standardization Working Group, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the IEEE Design and Test of Computers and an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia. He served on the Board of Governors of Computer Society and CEDA, was the Vice President of IEEE Computer Society, and the General Chair of the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) and several other symposia and workshops.

Dr. Zorian holds 35 US patents, has authored four books, published over 350 refereed papers and received numerous best paper awards. A Fellow of the IEEE since 1999, Dr. Zorian was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Industrial Pioneer Award for his contribution to BIST, and the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award for diplomacy. He received the IEEE Distinguished Services Award for leading the TTTC, the IEEE Meritorious Award for outstanding contributions to EDA, and in 2014, the Republic of Armenia's National Medal of Science.

Dr. Zorian received an MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

About Synopsys, Inc. and Synopsys Armenia CJSC
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world's 16th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software quality and security solutions. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest quality and security, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at www.synopsys.com.

Synopsys established a presence in Armenia in 2004 as Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC). Synopsys Armenia CJSC provides R&D and product support in EDA, design for manufacturing (DFM) and the development of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). With over 700 qualified Armenian specialists, Synopsys is one of the largest IT employers in Armenia. To prepare highly qualified and industry-ready specialists, Synopsys heavily invests in Armenia higher education. To promote microelectronics, the company sponsors several awards and competitions. Synopsys Armenia’s investment in the community reaches well beyond IT. In 2010, Synopsys Armenia was recognized as one of 12 finalists for the U.S. Secretary of State’s annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), citing the company’s technology and financial leadership as well as its charity work and volunteer activities. Synopsys Armenia CJSC is located in Yerevan. Learn more at www.synopsys.am