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Mentor Graphics, ARM sign pact to advance SOC verification

Posted: 19 Feb 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP  semiconductor 

Mentor Graphics Corp. and ARM have sealed a multi-year pact in a bid to optimise Motor's tools and methodologies for ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The agreement grants Mentor early access to ARM IP technologies before its general release.

Mentor will have access to ARM Cortex processors for the ARMv8-A and ARMv7-A architectures, ARM Mali graphics processors, ARM CoreLink system IP, ARM Artisan physical IP and ARM POP IP for implementation acceleration.

"Our close collaboration with Mentor Graphics has enabled some of the world's most advanced electronics companies to create a range of market-defining products," said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. "This agreement expands our commitment to provide our mutual customers with comprehensive tools to design, implement and verify their SoCs."

This agreement will enable Mentor's customers to add the latest ARM IP to their designs and trust their verification, implementation and test environments are fully optimised. This will allow them to achieve the highest levels of performance and functionality in their newest ASIC and FPGA designs.

ARM, in common with many companies in the ARM ecosystem, uses the Mentor Enterprise Verification Platform (EVP), including the Veloce and Questa platforms, to verify new processor IP and system IP designs. For digital design implementation, the agreement will help Mentor optimise RealTime Designer physical RTL synthesis and Olympus-SoC Place & Route solutions for ARM-based designs. For IC test generation, processor-specific optimisations to the Tessent MemoryBIST, LogicBIST and TestKompress flows will also be available and validated.

"Mentor and ARM have collaborated for years to help top semiconductor companies in bringing ARM-based products to market," said Brian Derrick, Mentor vice president of marketing. "This agreement moves us to a higher level of cooperation and optimisation, so we give our customers even higher confidence of success as they move to next generation products for IoT, mobile and other markets demanding low power and high performance."





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