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    Sacramento Bee
    May 30 2012

    First in MENA Region to Establish New Full- and Semi-custom IC Design

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 30, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc.
    (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design,
    verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems,
    today announced that Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT)
    in Amman, Jordan is the first university in the Middle East and
    North Africa (MENA) region to receive the Charles Babbage Grant from
    Synopsys. Through the grant, PSUT receives licenses for Synopsys'
    comprehensive, industry-leading electronic design automation (EDA)
    software, along with curriculum support and professor training. The
    grant also provides new computer hardware, printers and educational
    equipment, enabling PSUT to create two new laboratories for full-
    and semi-custom integrated circuit (IC) design for 20 students.

    Lack of access to commercial-grade design tools for advanced research
    and microelectronic design is a common issue facing universities
    today. Synopsys helps solve this challenge through initiatives like
    the Charles Babbage Grant and its Worldwide University Program, which
    provide select universities with design software for modern electronic
    design flows and leading commercial IC fabrication processes. Previous
    grant recipients outside of United States include the Chinese Academy
    of Sciences, University of Southampton, Indian Institute of Technology
    Kharagpur, Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET), Yerevan
    State University and the State Engineering University of Armenia.

    "PSUT is very grateful for this grant," said Professor Issa Batarseh,
    PSUT president. "It will provide our engineering students with
    access to world-leading software and tools and allow us to enhance
    our curricula."

    "We always welcome industry collaboration and support," Dr. Wejdan
    Abu Elhaija, the Dean of King Abdullah II School for Electrical
    Engineering, added. "We're pleased to strengthen our relationship
    with Synopsys."

    "Supporting programs that enable semiconductor design through academia
    continues to be an important priority for Synopsys," said Anwar Awad,
    vice president of engineering of the IP/Solutions group at Synopsys.

    "Working with PSUT, we have been able to create an educational program
    that will cultivate advanced IC design skills in Jordan and prepare
    graduates to establish local industry." Awad formally opened the lab
    in a ceremony attended by PSUT students and faculty on May 28.

    Synopsys and the Department of Electronics Engineering at the
    King Abdullah II School of Electrical Engineering at PSUT began
    collaborating in 2010 by establishing a microelectronics education
    program through a VLSI course integrated into the Electronics
    Engineering curriculum in IC design. In addition to EDA software
    and computer resources, Synopsys provides PSUT with support,
    advisors, faculty training and facilitates student and faculty
    exchanges. In 2011, Jordanian students participated in internships
    and joined Student Working Groups at the Synopsys Armenia Educational
    Department and R&D center. The students also successfully competed
    in the International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia, an annual
    competition that recognizes and inspires young talented engineers
    involved in microelectronics. PSUT and Synopsys are continuing to
    strengthen their cooperation in research and education. Again this
    year, PSUT students will intern at Synopsys Armenia and participate
    in the Seventh International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia.

    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 on modern, powerful
    computers 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 and computer hardware. This enhances the students'
    understanding of how learning applies to the real world of IC
    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. For more information
    about the Synopsys Worldwide University Program, visit us at

    About Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) Founded in
    1991, Princess Sumaya University for Technology is a not-for-profit,
    top-ranked private university offering bachelors and masters
    degrees in business, IT and engineering. Its location within the
    El-Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society has granted
    the university a special status within the scientific matrix of
    Al-Jubeiha, Amman, which includes the Ministry of Higher Education &
    Scientific Research, the Higher Council for Science and Technology
    and the Royal Geographic Center. For more information, please visit
    the PSUT website at

    About Synopsys

    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is a world leader in electronic
    design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market
    with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used
    in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys'
    comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification,
    IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions
    helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers
    face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon
    verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions
    help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best
    products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk.

    Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has
    approximately 70 offices located throughout North America,
    Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at

    Editorial Contacts:

    Monica Marmie Synopsys, Inc.

    650-584-2890 [email protected]

    From: Baghdasarian