January 26, 2001

THE ATHENA GROUP, INC., JOINS SYNOPSYS' IP CATALYST PROGRAM

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - January 26, 2001 -- The Athena Group, Inc., announced today that it has recently joined Synopsys®, Inc.'s prestigious IP Catalyst alliance. As a member of this program, Athena joins some 50 other world-class IP suppliers in facilitating greater access to consistent, high quality, portable IP.

"With the IP block as the cornerstone of the SoC design experience, it is critical to deliver quality IP," said Dr. Jon Mellott, Athena's CTO. "Joining the IP Catalyst program is one of the best ways we've found to bolster our customers' confidence and ensure they get the product quality they want."

Athena IP cores are designed for efficient implementation and rapid delivery. Athena's proprietary, wholly automated implementation and verification methodology produces fully synthesizable, synchronous, testable IP cores of the highest quality. All Athena IP cores achieve four star ratings on the OpenMore scale of IP reusability.

Athena supports and uses a number of Synopsys' trademarked products, including Design Compiler Expert Plus, Design Compiler Ultra, Power Compiler, Design Power, Design Analyzer, VHDL Compiler, HDL Compiler, PrimeTime, DesignWare, FPGA Express, and FPGA Compiler II.

About The Athena Group, Inc.
The Athena Group, Inc., licenses high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) technology that delivers breakthrough performance, reduced area, and reduced power consumption in a broad range of system on a chip (SoC) products. Athena's unique patent-pending technology powers such leading edge applications as modems, wireless communications, and video compression. In addition to their high value application-level solutions, Athena also produces a full line of fundamental DSP functions, all suitable for SoC integration. Athena is a privately held corporation located in Gainesville, FL. Visit The Athena Group at http://www.athena-group.com.™


About Synopsys, Inc.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), headquartered in Mountain View, CA, creates leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools for the global electronics market. The company delivers advanced design technologies and solutions to developers of complex integrated circuits, electronic systems, and systems on a chip. Synopsys also provides consulting and support services to simplify the overall IC design process and accelerate time to market for its customers. Visit Synopsys at http://www.synopsys.com.

CONTACT:
Pat Rugg, VP Sales and Marketing 
The Athena Group, Inc.
408 W. University Ave., Suite 306
Gainesville, FL 32601
USA

Phone: 352.371.2567 ext. 110 
Toll-free: 800.741.7440 ext. 110
Fax: 352.373.5182
Email: prugg@athena-group.com
Internet: http://www.athena-group.com™