Mentor Graphics Announces Embedded Technology Collaboration with Sharp

11/1/2002 - Mentor Graphics announced a technology partnership with Sharp that provides Mentor Graphics with access to "hardware compilation" technology known publicly as the Bach system, for rapid design and optimization of embedded systems. Development teams from Mentor Graphics and Sharp will work together to merge co-verification and hardware compilation technologies to create a new set of design optimization and analysis tools for embedded system and SoC designs.

"This partnership advances our development of system-on-chip design and verification tools beyond the traditional capabilities of the Seamless® tool, our flagship co-verification product," said Serge Leef, general manager of the System-on-Chip Verification Division at Mentor Graphics. "Combining hardware compilation of portions of the design with advanced system integration and co-verification technologies will result in truly unique product offerings starting in 2003."

The hardware compilation technology from Sharp allows abstract descriptions of hardware in C to be simulated and synthesized into RTL. This can be combined with the Mentor Graphics Seamless C-Bridge technology to enable efficient system level co-verification of designs that include both C and HDL representations of hardware and embedded software. This hardware compilation technology was jointly developed by Sharp Laboratories of Europe (SLE) and Sharp Corporation. It has been used by Sharp on over 20 successful ASIC and FPGA design projects, with over half a dozen successful ASIC tape outs.

"It is exciting to see that our technology will be available outside of Sharp," said Dr. Kambe, deputy division general manager at Sharp's Elemental Technology Development Center, Integrated Circuits Group. "This three-way collaboration between development teams in the U.S. (at Mentor Graphics) and in Japan and the UK (at Sharp) will result in a design environment that allows designers to create complex System-on-Chip designs much more quickly and easily."

"Combining Seamless and Bach will provide designers with a new approach to embedded system design" said Dr. Paul Boca, research supervisor at Sharp's research laboratory in Europe. "Starting from a description in untimed behavioral C, designers will be able to explore different hardware/software partitions using Seamless co-verification technology from Mentor Graphics and efficiently compile hardware blocks to circuits with our hardware compilation technology."

About Seamless
Combining the best in embedded software development tools with logic simulation, the Mentor Graphics® Seamless co-verification environment delivers high performance co-verification months before a hardware prototype can be built. The Seamless environment enables software and hardware development to be carried out in parallel removing the software from the critical path, and reducing the risk of hardware prototype iterations resulting from integration errors. User-controlled optimizations boost performance by isolating the logic simulator from software-intensive operations such as RTOS initialization, block memory transfers, and algorithmic routines. Seamless with C-Bridge further boosts performance through incorporation of C hardware descriptions. Seamless supports all popular logic simulators and software development environments, including the Model Technology® ModelSim® environment.

About Sharp
Sharp Corporation is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. Sharp Corporation currently employs about 57,500 people in the world and recorded consolidated annual sales of over 1,803.7 billion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.

Sharp Laboratories of Europe (SLE) Ltd is situated in the Oxford Science Park, Oxford, United Kingdom. Established in 1990, SLE is part of Sharp Corporation's global commitment to research and development.

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 about $600 million and employs approximately 3,700 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314.

Mentor Graphics, Model Technology, ModelSim and Seamless are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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