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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: December 16, 1999

Synopsys Grant Builds on University's High-tech Prowess

Engineering students at California State University, Sacramento have gained increased access to the latest generation of circuit design software, thanks to a recent grant from Synopsys.

The grant includes licenses for Design Compiler, COSSAP and FPGA Express. It's valued at about $100,000, though if purchased individually by commercial firms the 30 licenses would cost upwards of $1 million.

Sunnyvale-based Synopsys is one of the world's top makers of electronic design automation software. Its Design Compiler and FPGA software is used to design integrated circuits, the electronic devices found in everything from microwaves to IMAX theaters. COSSAP is used in designing digital filters such as those found in digital cellular phones.

This is the fifth year in a row Synopsys has made a software license grant to CSUS, one of the few universities chosen to receive the licenses at no cost.

"The company is impressed with our reputation and our hands-on approach to teaching," says Ron Becker, coordinator of the CSUS computer engineering program. "In addition to providing these grants, it has joined companies like Hewlett-Packard and Intel in employing large numbers of our graduates."

Synopsys is one of a number software packages CSUS uses to teach integrated circuit design. In fact, while some universities boast of packages from one or two companies, CSUS uses nearly every major package - from Synopsys, Cadence, Altera, Xilinx, Cypress and Lattice. The advanced courses these tools make possible, in part, led U.S. News and World Report to rank the College of Engineering and Computer Science 26th among engineering programs focused on undergraduate education.

More information is available by contacting Ron Becker at (916) 278-6844.


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