Fujitsu Selects Catapult C Synthesis for Standard ASIC Design Kit

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Fujitsu Limited has adopted the Catapult® C Synthesis tool to its standard ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) design kit. A number of electronic system level (ESL) synthesis tools were assessed in order to meet Fujitsu’s stringent requirements for quality standards. As a result, the Catapult C Synthesis tool was selected after exhaustive tests, and deployed for current design projects, which include two tapeouts in the last few months.

“We have found that the RTL code generated by Catapult C Synthesis meets Fujitsu’s stringent criteria and is applicable for our ASIC design data. We believe that being able to smoothly apply this high-level synthesis design flow to ASIC development brings a huge benefit to those customers who need to design SoCs containing complex signal processing or image processing algorithm in a short period of time,” said Mr. Hasegawa, Director ESL and Verification Department, SoC Design Engineering Division, Electronic Devices Business Unit, Fujitsu Ltd. “By including the Catapult C Synthesis library to our standard ASIC design kit, we will be able to provide our mutual customers with our ASIC development service more efficiently and with lower risk.”

“By using Catapult C Synthesis and the ASIC library from Fujitsu, we successfully taped out a SoC for our next generation multifunction devices,” said Mr. Katsuhiko Yanagisawa, Engine Controller Development, Office Printing Systems Business Group, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. “Thanks to collaborative support from Fujitsu and Mentor Graphics, we were able to meet the deadline to develop the SoC with complex image processing algorithm. We would like to continue to use this advanced design flow for developing our ASICs.”

By providing the Fujitsu standard ASIC design kit to customers, Mentor Graphics and Fujitsu were able to perform extensive testing to ensure the quality and reliability of the Catapult libraries with Fujitsu’s ASIC technology. As a result, Fujitsu’s customers can expect increased efficiency and decreased risk when they use the Catapult C Synthesis tool to implement hardware in Fujitsu’s ASIC technology.

“We recognize Fujitsu for having a large share in the custom ASIC market based on its advanced image processing technology, and our collaboration reinforces the importance of ESL design adoption for today’s electronic systems,” stated Simon Bloch, general manager of Mentor Graphics Design Creation and Synthesis division. “Fujitsu is proving that shifts from RTL methodologies to ESL methodologies built around ANSI C++ synthesis will result in successful and profitable business outcomes.”

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