Mentor Donates Power Configuration File Format for Accellera UPF

Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced the donation of its Power Configuration File (PCF) specification and guidelines for modeling power-aware cells to Accellera’s Unified Power Format (UPF) Technical Subcommittee, the organization for electronic design industry standards.

“Designers have been adding more logic to reduce power consumption in today’s complex designs and verifying the functionality is critical,” stated Robert Hum, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics Design Verification and Test division. “Mentor has been working with key customers in this area, and they have urged us to donate our PCF specification and guidelines to Accellera to provide an open industry standard for low power verification solutions.”

The Mentor Graphics(R) technology allows the concise specification of a design’s low power architectural intent separate from the Register Transfer Level (RTL) HDL code. This innovative approach to low power specification facilitates the reuse of IP blocks by eliminating the need to modify and fully re-verify RTL blocks due to changes only in the power architecture. The modeling guidelines also ensure gate level power-aware cells are used appropriately in dynamic and formal verification.

Mentor’s PCF specification includes power-aware modeling guidelines for power aware cells, such as retention registers and latches, isolation cells, level shifters and retention memories. These ensure that power-aware functionality accurately reflects design intent and is consistently verifiable at RTL and gate-level using dynamic and static verification techniques.

“Managing power is a major focus in the electronics industry and we applaud Mentor’s timely donation to Accellera,” stated Shrenik Mehta, Accellera chairman. “Mentor’s power-aware specification and verification technology uncover design issues before synthesis, and the fact that this technology is actually proven by its customers makes this donation particularly valuable as an open standard.”

About Accellera‘s Unified Power Format
The Accellera Unified Power Format (UPF) was formed by active participation from the design community, EDA suppliers and standards bodies. The charter of the UPF Technical Subcommittee is to deliver an industry-wide standard for low power design. Open to everyone without requiring non-disclosure agreements or proprietary licenses, the UPF Technical Subcommittee is inclusive – all parties are invited to participate and donate technology to the standard. The UPF standard is expected to be produced by January 2007.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $725 million and employs approximately 4,050 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

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