Panasonic Mobile Selects Mentor Graphics Catapult SL Synthesis Tool

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. has adopted Mentor Graphics’ Catapult(R) SL high-level synthesis tool to develop their next generation chip for communication infrastructure equipment. Panasonic Mobile selected the Catapult Synthesis tool based on the product family’s maturity and the productivity improvements it offers by synthesizing pure ANSI C++ descriptions.

“Catapult SL allows our designers to specify interfaces and hierarchy, then automatically generate hardware descriptions without changing the original pure C++ source. This methodology frees designers from time-consuming manual tasks, providing more time to focus on the micro-architectural decisions that lead to better performance,” said Mr. Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Group Manager of Panasonic Mobile Communications, Networks Division, Node B Development Group. “As a result, we are able to explore several multi-block micro-architectures rapidly and quickly find an implementation that rival the quality of our hand-coded designs.”

As a leading company in mobile communications equipment industry, Panasonic Mobile’s business spans widely from communication infrastructure to cell phones, and their design includes large scale logic used in their communication infrastructure systems.

The Catapult SL tool supports complex hierarchical design, includes new technology that improves block-level performance, and offers links to power analysis tools to help reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent. Catapult SL moves beyond block-level synthesis to automatically create entire signal processing subsystems tuned to the design’s specific needs. A hierarchical design engine enables Catapult SL to coordinate the operations of multiple blocks within the subsystem and automatically synthesize appropriate inter-block channels and memory buffers, leading to performance levels not easily achieved with hardware C languages or block-level synthesis methodologies.

Simon Bloch, general manager of Mentor Graphics’ Design Creation and Synthesis Division, stated, “We are very pleased that Panasonic has decided to employ the Catapult SL tool on their next-generation signal processing design. Through extensive evaluations at Panasonic, Catapult SL has been proven to produce high-quality RTL designs far faster than hand-coded methods.”

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