Yogitech Adopts Platform Express for IP-XACT Descriptions

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Yogitech, a company with proven experience in System-on-Chip (SoC), mixed-signal design and verification, and fault-tolerant integrated circuits, has adopted the Platform Express(TM) product to provide IP-XACT(TM) descriptions for its fRMEM IP products. The IP-XACT IP databook format standardized by The SPIRIT Consortium offers a universal method to describe IP, which enables that IP to be automatically integrated into designs using a range of IP-XACT enabled tools.

At the request of a major customer, Yogitech decided to adopt the IP-XACT specification for its fRMEM products, a family of fault supervisors for memory sub-systems fulfilling the risk level SIL3 in accordance with IEC 61508 as certified by TÜV SÜD. Yogitech’s customer was already creating its designs using an IP-XACT design flow. Through IP-XACT, the Yogitech IP becomes instantly usable in their customer’s design flow.

Yogitech selected Mentor Graphics’ Platform Express product because it is the most mature IP-XACT design environment available. Mentor Graphics invented the technology behind IP-XACT and is a founding member of The SPIRIT Consortium, the governing body of the IP-XACT specification. Platform Express generates IP-XACT descriptions directly from existing hardware design language (HDL) IP blocks and enables easy integration of the IP block into the final design.

“After a competitive evaluation of similar products that generate IP-XACT descriptions, it was clear that Mentor Graphics possessed leadership and expertise uncommon among other vendors,” said Stefano Lorenzini, design engineering manager, Yogitech.

“After the successful implementation of Platform Express on our fRMEM IP, we have decided to use the product to create IP-XACT descriptions for all of our SIL3 compliant IP blocks for automotive safety-critical systems as we believe that many other customers will follow and request IP supporting the SPIRIT specification,” said Silvano Motto, President and CEO of Yogitech.

Platform Express can shave months off product development cycles through high levels of design creation and verification automation of re-usable IP, and allows designers to focus on product differentiating design tasks. The product documents all aspects of IP using the IP-XACT XML databook format provided through The SPIRIT Consortium. The IP-XACT specification uses XML to create a machine-interpretable IP databook; it includes design information that software tools then use to automatically configure and integrate an IP block into a design.

“Mentor Graphics’ Platform Express product was the core technology behind what later became The SPIRIT Consortium’s IP-XACT specification. Even now that support for the IP-XACT specification has grown to include dozens of companies and scores of tools, the Platform Express product family is still the premier toolset for IP vendors and system designers who want to simplify IP reuse,” said Serge Leef, general manager, System-Level Engineering Division, Mentor Graphics. “By adopting Platform Express to generate IP-XACT descriptions, Yogitech is signaling its commitment to helping its customers eliminate IP integration and verification issues using industry standard IP data formats.”

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

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