Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis Integrates with CHIPit Manager Pro

ProDesign Electronic GmbH, the leading supplier of high-speed ASIC verification platforms, announced the signing of a worldwide OEM partner agreement with Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasadq:MENT) to integrate the Mentor Graphics Precision® Synthesis tool into ProDesign’s new CHIPit Manager Pro software suite. Under terms of the agreement, ProDesign will bundle a customized version of Mentor’s Precision RTL Synthesis software tool with its CHIPit ASIC Prototyping environment, allowing ProDesign’s customers to benefit from the increased performance and quality of results (QoR) offered by Mentor Graphics FPGA synthesis software. This integrated solution will enable ProDesign to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for scaleable ASIC prototyping platforms.

“The integration of Mentor’s Precision Synthesis tool was an important step for ProDesign and brings us closer to our vision of creating an easy-to-use high-speed ASIC verification system with a push-button like design flow, shortest compilation time, and integrated debugging for 100% visibility,” stated Gunnar Scholl, Director Marketing and Business Development at ProDesign. “By combining the advantages of the highly stable and fast Precision Synthesis tool with our extensive experience and expertise in hardware verification, plus the ability to parallelize the synthesis processes on block level, we are able to reduce the design implementation time in a dimension never seen before on a prototyping solution, including the full coverage of incremental changes. We are pleased to partner with Mentor Graphics and look forward to a successful relationship.”

CHIPit and Precision Synthesis customers are pleased about the new OEM agreement because ProDesign supports the entire ASIC design implementation process and offers first-line support for the integrated Precision Synthesis tool. With this strategic partnership, ProDesign eliminates the customer’s potential confusion of different support channels for the same design-related questions, while providing faster, more efficient customer support to ASIC prototyping-related questions.

“This agreement with ProDesign is important because we see the increasing success of the CHIPit ASIC Prototyping system in the hardware assisted verification market,” said Daniel Platzker, Product Line Director, FPGA synthesis division at Mentor Graphics. “ProDesign plays a significant role in the expanding ASIC prototyping market and the combination with Mentor’s FPGA synthesis solution provides a highly efficient and powerful EDA solution for ASIC prototyping, resulting in quicker and more accurate ASIC verification for our mutual customers.”

About ProDesign
The privately held company was founded in 1981 and has over 100 employees, with various facilities for research, design, and sales in Germany, France and the U.S. Pro Design has more than twenty-four years of experience as a service provider and manufacturer in the electronics industry. The company’s products and services include the CHIPit family of hardware-assisted verification tools to validate algorithm performance, verify hardware implementation, and assist in hardware/software co-development and co-verification to reduce the verification time dramatically.

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 $825 million and employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.