Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq: MENT), a leader in advanced system verification solutions, announced today that STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has adopted the Veloce® 2 emulation platform to boost productivity in the verification of System-On-Chip (SoC) and Intellectual Property (IP)-based designs.
The Veloce 2 platform delivers a flexible emulation environment capable of handling small and large designs where the platform can be easily and quickly reconfigured to suit the needs of an IP design user or a SoC user. With the Veloce Enterprise Server features, this is achieved simply and automatically, allowing users to maximize a valuable resource. The Veloce 2 platform allows any user to access one or more of its advanced verification boards, thereby using all hardware resources available across many individuals or groups.
“Since 2009, STMicroelectronics has used Mentor Veloce for the emulation of complete system-level HW/SW verification and validation of many complex SoC platforms. This capability enables us to routinely bring up full-system boot within hours of receiving 28nm SoC silicon. The Veloce 2 platform is now used across our multiple SoC platforms, including our latest HEVC-based consumer SoCs, and the consumer ASICs that we develop with our customers on ST’s 28nm fully depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FD-SOI) process technology,” said Philippe Magarshack, Executive Vice President of Design Enablement and Services at STMicroelectronics. “By pioneering the usage of Veloce 2 as a shareable, global emulation resource, we have significantly improved the productivity and time-to-market of our multiple SoC design teams while maximizing hardware utilization.”
Delivering multiple verification methodologies using the Veloce 2 platform satisfies the needs of different design teams who have unique approaches to system verification and validation. These approaches span acceleration methodologies, using both SystemC and SystemVerilog/UVM testbench environments, traditional In-Circuit emulation (ICE), and virtual emulation techniques based on the Veloce VirtuaLAB platform capabilities.
“As a long-time user, STMicroelectronics pushes the boundaries of hardware emulation to verify their complex IP and systems,” said Eric Selosse, Vice President and General Manager, Mentor Emulation Division. “By meeting ST’s needs with the Veloce 2 emulation platform, we help them successfully achieve a high-level of pre-silicon verification. ST takes their emulation use to another level of effectiveness by allocating hardware and software resources automatically, across multiple geographies, where they can treat the emulator as a shareable, always-on, networked resource for hardware and software teams.”
About the Veloce Emulation Platform
The Veloce 2 emulation platform is the latest-generation hardware emulator from Mentor that reduces project schedules and costs by delivering high-performance simulation accelerations, virtualized emulation, and traditional in-circuit emulation of complex SoC designs. The Veloce 2 platform achieves these benefits through a unique emulation-on-chip architecture and best-in-class software and hardware technologies, delivering fast compiles, full debug visibility, power aware and analysis tools, and advanced memory modeling. Additionally, leading-edge protocol solutions provide off-the-shelf portfolios of easy-to-use verification IPs (VIPs), ICE applications (iSolve™), and VirtuaLAB components that are an essential part of verifying both IP and SoC-based designs, delivering high levels of productivity and ROI to the end user.
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 in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.