Mentor Announces Verification Platform for Multimedia Applications

Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT), the leader in high-performance system verification solutions, announced its high-performance platform to accelerate the verification of multimedia products. This new platform enables designers to test their complete system, including graphics, digital TV, home entertainment systems, and mobile multimedia applications, as well as employ real-world multimedia stimulus early in the development cycle – reducing the total system verification process from weeks to hours. The platform consists of the Veloce® family of hardware-assisted verification products and the iSolve[TM] Multimedia product, which provides a cost-effective and efficient solution, delivering a dynamic and accurate multimedia verification environment.

New advancements in digital multimedia and entertainment technologies affect us every day – enhancing our lifestyles, experiences, work, leisure, and increasing our ability to communicate. With the explosion of these products, including their associated standards and ever-changing interface specifications, the need for a sophisticated way to accurately and quickly verify such systems has grown into a huge demand.

Complete Multimedia Verification Platform
“The growth in multimedia products has been astonishing over the last few years, affecting billions of people worldwide with their innovative technologies, and changing the way we live every day,” said Eric Solosse, vice president and general manager, Mentor Emulation Division. “The challenges for those who create such multimedia products are huge, diverse, and complex – requiring a new breed of verification products to solve the technical demands generated by such multimedia applications and systems. We took a novel approach to solving these challenges, by providing a fast, flexible, and user-configurable multimedia test and analysis environment that has not been seen before with similar in-circuit emulation (ICE) solutions available on the market today.”

Combined with the industry-leading Veloce product family, the iSolve Multimedia platform delivers a high-performance and easy-to-use system verification environment to develop new and leading-edge multimedia products, without compromising delivery schedules. Key benefits of the solution include:

  • Automated creation of multimedia video and audio formats on demand
  • User-controllable streaming of multimedia data to verify and stress-test the SoC design
  • Simultaneous audio and video streaming and analysis
  • Full-featured graphical analysis tools for video and audio data to detect design flaws and increase productivity
  • Support for multiple standards:
    • Graphics: RGB, YUV (CCIR656)
    • Digital TV: HDMI 1.3
    • Mobile Applications: SMIA 1.0 (Raw Bayer)
    • Audio formats: I2C, PCM, S/PDIF
  • Support for user-definable data, such as MPEG2/4, for verifying the design
  • Server-Client architecture to support remote usage across worldwide development sites

The iSolve multimedia verification platform can be used with a traditional In-Circuit Emulation as well as a high-performance Transaction-Based Acceleration mode of operation. The ability to mix and match traditional ICE capabilities with high-performance Transaction-Based Acceleration facilitates the smooth transition from simulation centric use models to In-Circuit Emulation.

Product Availability
The solution is available for deployment at customer sites, effective immediately. For product information on Mentor’s multimedia verification platform, contact your Mentor Graphics sales representative, call 1-800-547-3000.

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 over $850 million and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070-7777.

Mentor Graphics and Veloce are registered trademarks and iSolve is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.