MathStar, Mentor Graphics Focus on FPOA Design Tools

MathStar (Nasdaq:MATH), a fabless semiconductor company specializing in high-performance programmable logic, and Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq: MENT) announced a development partnership for design tools that MathStar’s customers use with MathStar’s Field Programmable Object Arrays(TM) (FPOAs). MathStar also announced immediate availability of the version 2.0 release of its design tools for the company’s Arrix(TM) family of FPOAs based on the Visual Elite(TM) System Design tool from Mentor Graphics.

MathStar’s 2.0 release of MathStar Design Software includes the 2005.1.5 release of Visual Elite System Design from Mentor Graphics for design creation, programming and functional verification. In addition, MathStar and Mentor Graphics will further improve tool integration, to offer a wider variety of design and verification options for customers using MathStar’s high-performance FPOAs.

“Our customers have benefited from using the Visual Elite tool as an integrated design and verification environment for the design of FPOAs,” said Sean Riley, vice president, marketing at MathStar, Inc. “Mentor’s acquisition of Summit Design has allowed MathStar and Mentor to align product roadmaps to enable enhanced support for our hardware and system design customers.”

MathStar’s FPOAs address a wide variety of applications, including professional video, machine vision, medical imaging, test/instrumentation and digital signal processing. “We see MathStar as a leader in performance-critical applications where programmability is a requirement,” said Glenn Perry, general manager, Mentor Graphics Design Creation and Analysis business unit. “MathStar’s FPOA architecture is at the forefront of a new class of programmable logic devices requiring Mentor’s advanced design creation, analysis, verification and related solutions.”

About MathStar, Inc.
MathStar is a fabless semiconductor company offering best-in-class, high performance programmable logic solutions. MathStar’s Field Programmable Object Array (FPOA) can process arithmetic and logic operations at clock rates of 1-gigahertz, which is up to four times faster than even the most advanced FPGA architectures in many applications. MathStar’s Arrix family of FPOAs are high-performance programmable solutions that enable customers in the machine vision, high-performance video, medical imaging, security & surveillance and military markets to rapidly and cost effectively innovate and differentiate their products. FPOAs are available now and are supported by development tools, IP libraries, application notes and technical documentation.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 $800 million and employs approximately 4,250 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Visual Elite is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. FPOA and Field Programmable Object Array are trademarks of MathStar, Inc.