Mentor Graphics Vista ESL Platform Takes Center Stage in Mentor’s ESL Strategy with Expanded Functionality

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 7, 2011Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced it has expanded the Vista™ ESL Platform to address the needs for Virtual Prototyping for early software development. In addition, the Vista ESL platform’s integration with Catapult C, sharing common TLM modeling style for Virtual prototyping and HLS-based hardware implementation, has been strengthened with the Mentor® partnership with Calypto. The Vista ESL platform is the center point of the Mentor comprehensive ESL strategy, a strategy that has extended the boundaries of ESL technologies by addressing a broad range of electronic system design, virtual prototyping, hardware realization, software realization, and TLM-to-RTL verification and model reuse challenges.

Virtual Prototyping for Early Software Development

The Vista ESL platform provides the capability to create a Virtual Prototype derived from the Virtual TLM Platform that retains its key hardware attributes. The Vista Virtual Prototype can be used for firmware testing, operating system integration and hardware-dependent application development. Its TLM/ISS models are software binary compatible. Its scalable level of abstraction allows very fast simulation speed for software validation, and allows switching to more accurate Approximately Timed (AT) simulation during run time for software performance and power optimization of the system.

Strengthened Partnership with Calypto

The move to higher levels of abstraction based on C and SystemC offers the promise of better quality of results in a shorter amount of time. For hardware implementation, the Vista ESL platform’s tight integration with the Calypto Catapult C high-level synthesis tool results in a complete TLM 2.0-based hardware implementation solution. This allows users to share a single and consistent TLM modeling style. The Calypto TLM synthesis flow supports converting abstract TLM models to pin-accurate, protocol-specific, SystemC models, and from there, to synthesized to RTL code. Conversely, the synthesized TLMs can be used in the Vista Virtual Platform for architectural optimization of performance and power, and in the Vista Virtual Prototypes for early software development.

“Mentor has a long track record of leading the quickly growing ESL market, and we plan to continue on this path far into the future,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. “Expanding the Vista Virtual Prototyping capability for early software development—combined with integration between Vista Virtual Prototyping and Sourcery CodeBench embedded software development tools— is only one of the target areas for growth. The newly announced acquisition of Catapult C by Calypto leverages tool integrations that have existed for years, and further extends the Mentor ESL offering into the Calypto ESL hardware realization flow.”

About the Vista ESL Platform

  • For architectural optimization, the Vista ESL platform delivers an advanced electronic systems design and analysis environment for designing at a level of abstraction above RTL. It allows creating scalable transaction level models (TLMs), assembling them into a Virtual Platform, integrating them with software, and simulating, analyzing and optimizing both hardware and software for meeting performance and power design goals.
  • The integration of Vista Virtual Prototyping with the Mentor Embedded SourceryTM CodeBench unified embedded software development tools gives SoC and system software developers the flexibility to debug, analyze and optimize their systems software at early stages of the development process, even before RTL implementation.
  • For hardware implementation, the Vista ESL platform’s tight integration with the Calypto Catapult C tool results in a complete TLM 2.0-based ESL-to-RTL implementation solution allowing users to share a single and consistent TLM modeling style.
  • For SoC and sub-system hardware/software verification, the Vista ESL platform supports simulation, validation and debugging of hardware and software errors. Its integration with Sourcery CodeBench to debug the embedded OS booting firmware provides for early validation of the application software on the Vista Virtual Prototype. The Questa® Platform and the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) supports Vista TLM model and Virtual Platform reuse, test plan tracking and accelerated coverage closure. Furthermore, the Vista ESL platform can be combined with the Veloce® hardware emulator to provide a hybrid virtual prototype with accelerated RTL that is tested by the software running on the Vista ISS models and is validated, debugged and analyzed using Sourcery CodeBench.

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/ .

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