Mentor Graphics Announces that ON Semiconductor Completed Multiple Successful Tapeouts Using Pyxis Custom Router

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 8, 2012Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that the automotive business unit of ON Semiconductor, a premier supplier of high-performance silicon solutions for energy efficient electronics, has completed multiple successful tapeouts with the Pyxis® Custom IC Router including that of a highly integrated, complex power chip. The Pyxis custom router gave ON Semiconductor a 10x improvement in productivity and helped them shave eight weeks from the overall tapeout schedule.

“ON Semiconductor continuously evaluates design implementation tools to find solutions to reduce the development cycle and minimize risk for errors,” said Paul Ferrara, East Greenwich Development Center director, ON Semiconductor. “We recently used the Pyxis Custom Router on one of our team’s most complex power chips and were able to reduce the time to route the top level block of the design from two weeks down to a little more than one day. We saw similar productivity boosts throughout many of the blocks of the chip and plan to use the router on all of our future designs.”

“ON Semiconductor is a very important customer and we are pleased that the Pyxis Custom IC Router was able to improve their productivity with excellent quality of results while substantially reducing their cost,” said Linda Fosler, marketing director for the Deep Submicron Division, Mentor Graphics. “The design team found the block-level routing for large functional blocks and top-level routing especially helpful as each gave them a 10x improvement in productivity.”

About the Pyxis Custom Design Platform

The Pyxis Custom Design Platform provides the functionality required to design today’s complex custom ICs. The platform is tuned for analog/mixed-signal (AMS) and custom digital designs so that extensive customization is not required. The platform is also tightly integrated with industry leading tools: the Mentor® family of AMS simulators and AMS verification solutions, including the Eldo® Classic, Eldo Premier and Questa® ADMS tools, and the Calibre physical verification and DFM platform. The Pyxis Custom Design Platform includes: design data management, design capture, simulation control, results visualization, layout editor with floorplanning, concurrent editing and a custom router. These tools are easy to learn and use, and also provide advance functionality for advanced users. Mentor is fully committed to support industry standards as they apply to the custom design space. Today, the support for these standards includes OpenAccess, iPDK, EDIF, LEF/DEF, etc.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor® is a premier supplier of high-performance silicon solutions for energy efficient electronics. The company's broad portfolio of power and signal management, logic, discrete and custom devices helps customers efficiently solve their design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, LED lighting, medical, military/aerospace and power applications. ON Semiconductor operates a world-class, value-added supply chain and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 in the last fiscal year of about $1,015 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Eldo, Questa, and Pyxis are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)


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