Mentor Graphics Solves ARM Verification with iSolve Emulation IP

Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq:MENT) extends support of iSolve(TM) emulation-based intellectual property (IP) products for ARM processors to enable the high-speed verification of wireless and multimedia applications. Mentor’s iSolve products take full advantage of the high-performance system verification capabilities of Mentor’s recently announced Veloce(R) hardware assisted verification platform.

Mentor’s iSolve family of vertical market solutions now includes two new ARM processors, the ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor and the ARM1176JZF-S processor, adding to the existing iSolve portfolio of ARM7, ARM9 and ARM11 processors.

Mentor’s iSolve products enable designers to reduce the hardware/software integration and verification effort by utilizing fast, high-fidelity models, which replace custom hardware prototypes with hardware-assisted, system-level verification solutions. With the inclusion of one or more models in a design, system verification can be performed at megahertz speeds using transaction-based acceleration or in-circuit emulation from Mentor’s recently announced Veloce product.

“We recognize that for designers to develop today’s leading-edge hand-held wireless and multimedia devices, they need access to the most up-to-date verification solutions,” said John Cornish, vice president of marketing for the System Design Division at ARM. “Mentor’s iSolve products provide a fast, proven verification solution for systems based on the ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor and ARM1176JZF-S processor. Combining the speed and accuracy of ARM RealView Core Tiles and Soft Macrocell Models (SMMs) with the visibility and debug capabilities of the Mentor hardware emulator addresses the needs of our joint customers, who face huge challenges delivering their products on time in the rapidly converging mobile communications and digital entertainment markets.”

“We have worked closely with ARM for many years to implement solutions for our customers to address the verification challenges faced in embedded system design,” stated Eric Selosse, Mentor Emulation Division (MED) vice president and general manager. “Our combined industry-leading technologies deliver reliable and easy-to-use verification solutions to help our customers develop new and innovative consumer products without compromising delivery schedules. We are delighted to add these new ARM11 processors to our portfolio of iSolve products.”

Using Mentor’s iSolve solutions with ARM RealView Core Tiles and SMMs, customers can take advantage of a powerful, hardware-assisted co-verification environment that speeds execution times by up to 10,000 times that of regular software simulators. In particular, Mentor’s iSolve solutions for the ARM architecture are based on fully validated models, created by ARM and delivered to Mentor. Additionally, they provide a connection to the ARM debug tools, such as RealView ICE, for detailed software debugging. As the iSolve solutions for the ARM architecture are based upon a full model of the ARM processor represented in hardware they execute significantly faster than equivalent software models. This allows designers to readily run large amounts of software code against their hardware and expose design flaws early in the verification process.

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 4,200 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070.

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