Mentor Graphics Accelerates Verification of PCI Express Applications

Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq: MENT), the leader in high-performance system verification solutions, announced its high-performance platform to accelerate the verification of PCI Express products. This new platform enables designers to test their complete system, including PCI Express I/O’s, as well as employ real-world 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] PCI Express product, which provides a cost-effective and efficient solution, delivering a dynamic and accurate PCI Express verification environment.

Increased bandwidth and performance requirements of modern PC’s and servers, especially those involving high-speed graphics, have meant that PCI Express has become an industry standard, with PCI Express motherboards widespread, and associated peripherals, such as gigabit Ethernet cards and RAID controllers, very popular. With such a prevalence of new products for PCI Express applications, the need for a solution that allows the verification of these products and applications has become more critical and are in high demand.

Complete PCI Express Verification Platform
“The growth in PCI Express products has been increasing rapidly, and is especially important to those in the gaming and entertainment sectors where high-speed graphics are mandatory for the operation of applications,” said Eric Solosse, vice president and general manager, Mentor Emulation Division. “The challenges faced by the creators of such systems are complex, and require high-performance verification solutions to detect flaws early in the development cycle, and reduce risks. Our PCI Express verification platform solves these challenges, by delivering a fast, accurate, and flexible environment that delivers higher productivity levels than any other In-Circuit-Emulation (ICE) solution for PCI Express available on the market today.”

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

  • True PCI Express to PCI Express solution, with direct connection to PCI Express PC through industry-standard PCIe connector (“PCIe out-of-the-box”)
  • Provides a verification solution for root complex, switch, PCI bridge, and endpoint designs
  • x1, x2, x4, and x8 lane support in one product, including auto-negotiation
  • Supports PCI Express standards 1.1 and 2.0 (including Gen 2.0 rate switching)
  • Ready to use with evolving BIOS, drivers, and software stacks for PCI Express
  • Visibility port features for debug and visibility into the design

Product Availability
The solution is available for deployment at customer sites, effective immediately. For product information on Mentor’s PCI Express 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.