Mentor Graphics LeonardoSpectrum Supports Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs

Mentor Graphics(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products supports the newly introduced Virtex(TM)-5 LXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX). Synthesis support for Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs is available now in Precision(R) Synthesis, release 2006a. Support within the LeonardoSpectrum(TM) tool suite will follow.

Built on the 65-nm Virtex-5 platform, the Virtex-5 LXT is the industry’s first FPGA to offer a built-in PCI Express(R) Endpoint and Tri-mode Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) blocks. Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs offer low-power transceivers at <100mW typical at 3.2Gbps. The hardened PCI Express and Ethernet MAC interfaces deliver significant power and area savings as compared to soft intellectual property (IP) core implementations.

“By embedding high-speed serial connectivity in an FPGA, Xilinx can attack a wide range of communication applications that had required an ASIC solution in the past,” said Simon Bloch, general manager, Mentor Graphics Design Creation and Synthesis Division. “Given the SoC nature of Virtex-5 LXT, customers will benefit from the complete FPGA flow of Mentor Graphics, including the advanced synthesis capabilities offered by Precision Synthesis.”

Starting early last year, the companies began working on support for the new Virtex-5 FPGA families within the Mentor Graphics family of synthesis tools. “Precision Synthesis gives our Virtex-5 LXT customers access to award-winning design analysis capabilities, allowing users to easily evaluate various design trade-offs critical for achieving the optimal solution,” said Sandeep Vij, vice president of world-wide marketing for Xilinx. “Our customers will benefit from the advanced features found in Precision Synthesis – features needed to achieve the performance requirements for their designs.”

Precision Synthesis forms the centerpiece of Mentor Graphics FPGA flow — the industry’s most comprehensive vendor-independent solution for FPGA design. With advanced support for ASIC prototyping (support for DesignWare(R) libraries, SDC constraints, gated-clock handling, etc.) plus advanced implementation and optimization techniques such as automatic mapping and inferencing of dedicated DSP and RAM blocks, Precision Synthesis is uniquely suited to handle today’s high-end FPGAs. In addition, Precision Synthesis features an award-winning design analysis capability, allowing designers to cross-probe between multiple views as well as perform interactive static timing for rapid “what-if” analyses. Precision Synthesis reduces design iterations, and enables faster, more predictable completion of designs, while delivering high quality of results.

As a part of Mentor Graphics synthesis product line, LeonardoSpectrum offers customers a well-proven, mature synthesis solution for both FPGAs and ASICs.

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 over $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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