Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ:MENT), a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) with its U.S. headquarters in Wilsonville, Oregon, provided Kettering University in Flint, Mich., Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Dept. with a suite of software used to model, simulate, verify and synthesize electronic systems. These tools enable students to design and analyze distributed mechatronic systems before they are manufactured.
Mentor is providing these resources through the company’s Higher Education Program (HEP), an endeavor founded in 1985 to further the development of skilled engineers within the electronics industry. The program supports colleges and universities with leading edge design tools for classroom instruction and academic research to ensure that engineering graduates enter into industry proficient with state-of-the-art tools.
Kettering received five Mentor Graphics packages that utilize a host of software. They are IC Nanometer Design, Design, Verification & Test, PCB Expedition, PCP-PADS and Embedded Software Development. One software resource—SystemVision(TM) under the Design, Verification & Test package—has great potential for use as the primary tool for most courses in ECE and in other engineering courses at the University, explained Dr. Juan Pimentel, professor of ECE. SystemVision is based on the language VHDL-AMS, accepted and used throughout the world. It’s also an IEEE standard for modeling and synthesis of systems based on multi-physics (e.g., digital, analog, thermal, mechanical, electrical, and fluid).
So far, students who have used some of these resources in CE 422—Computer Architecture and Organization are pleased with what they can accomplish in less time. And although a specific dollar figure on this contribution is unavailable, these resources donated to Kettering are worth in excess of $1 million, explained Dr. Nozar Tabrizi, assistant professor of ECE at Kettering. This contribution will also directly impact the experience of Kettering students, which in turn could help various industries develop products faster for many consumer markets.
Located in Flint, Mich., Kettering University is home to the nation’s most advanced co-op program.