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Forte Design Systems Reports 30 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth

Driven by Strong Sales of Latest Version of Cynthesizer SystemC High-Level Synthesis (February 15, 2012)

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/15/12 -- Forte Design Systems™, leading provider of software products that enable design at a higher level of abstraction and improve design results, today reported 30% year-over-year growth in its business in 2011.

Growth was driven primarily by sales of the latest version of Cynthesizer™ SystemC high-level synthesis. "2011 was a pivotal year for Forte and one that set the stage for breakout adoption worldwide," remarks Sean Dart, Forte's president and chief executive officer. "We're seeing more and more electronic products in the marketplace designed using the Forte toolset, a gratifying and affirming trend that will increase in 2012."

Forte saw substantial growth in the United States, Korea and Japan. It expanded its team in Korea and is continuing to hire in the U.S. In 2011, Cynthesizer use expanded in imaging products of all kinds including dramatic growth in the development of wireless and wired communication products including a complete USB 2.0 controller.

Cynthesizer is chosen primarily by design teams who want to reduce time-to-market pressures by designing at a higher level of abstraction and require substantial improvements in circuit size and power. Version 4.2 extends the level of abstraction further, expanding the use of C++ templates and virtual functions for defining module structure and behavior. These features allow users to express design intent in an elegant way, reducing the amount of code required to express design intent and increasing code reusability.

Additional array handling capabilities extend Cynthesizer's lead in providing designers the tools they need to implement their desired storage architecture. In addition to implementing arrays as memories and flattening to individual registers, Cynthesizer 4.2 adds the ability to implement arrays as pre-defined register banks, providing implementation flexibility and improving runtime and capacity.

Other features added in Cynthesizer version 4.2 include support for the C++ "< complex >" datatype, new reset options in Forte's Floating Point datatypes, used in hundreds of millions of graphics devices worldwide, and 64-bit simulation support for verification of behavioral models.

About Forte Design Systems
Forte Design Systems is a leading provider of software products that enable design at a higher level of abstraction and improve design results. Its innovative synthesis technologies and intellectual property offerings allow design teams creating complex electronic chips and systems to reduce their overall design and verification time. More than half of the top 20 worldwide semiconductor companies use Forte's products in production today for ASIC, SoC and FPGA design. Forte is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in England, Japan, Korea and the United States. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Brett Cline
Forte Design Systems
(978) 206-1855
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Nanette Collins
Public Relations for Forte Design Systems
(617) 437-1822
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