Denali Offers Memory Modeler Advanced Verification to Altera FPGA Customers

11/5/2003 - Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:ALTR) and Denali Software Inc. announced an exclusive nine-month alliance to provide Altera's FPGA customers with Denali's Memory Modeler Advanced Verification (MMAV) solution for system-on-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs. Denali's MMAV is the de facto industry standard for modeling and simulating off-chip memory during all phases of ASIC design and verification; now that same capability will be available to Altera FPGA customers. Designers will be provided an evaluation copy of MMAV at no charge. Designers choosing to use MMAV in their FPGA design flow can then purchase the MMAV-FPGA license for a fee commensurate with FPGA design tool pricing.

"There is a confluence of trends that make it essential to perform system level verification of complex FPGA designs," says Mark Gogolewski, Chief Technology Officer of Denali Software: "the advent of high speed I/Os on FPGAs; the availability of DDR memory, and the growth in gate counts of FPGAs. This confluence is driving FPGA designers to tool flows that are more typically found in ASIC designs. MMAV has a history of thousands of successful ASIC design verifications. We are thrilled to be able to provide FPGA designers this same proven capability."

"Today's million-gate SOPC designs implemented in Altera's Stratix and Stratix GX components run at high clock speeds and operate with the latest generation DDR memory," says James Smith, Director of EDA partnerships at Altera. "Denali's MMAV tool simplifies the task of verifying that these SOPC designs operate correctly with DDR memory. Altera uses MMAV in the design and development of its DDR SDRAM Controller MegaCore Function. We are pleased that Denali is now offering this capability exclusively to Altera's customers for the next nine months."

Price & Availability: Evaluation licenses for MMAV will be provided free of charge from Denali's website at

About MMAV
MMAV verification IP is the de-facto standard solution for modeling and simulating memory and verifying ASIC interfaces to memory. MMAV provides the highest quality models for any memory type, from any vendor. A complete set of assertions are monitored during simulation to ensure compliance with a memory' timing, features, and functionality. MMAV users have access to an on-line library ( of all commercially available DRAM memory from every major DRAM maker worldwide. Designers can query the database for a memory with certain characteristics and the database will provide the models that meet the criteria. The designer can then download the desired model into MMAV for SOPC verification.

About Altera
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

About Denali
Denali Software Inc. is the world's leading provider of EDA tools and Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) solutions for chip interface design, integration, and verification. Denali's MMAV product is the de facto industry standard for modeling and simulating memory during all phases of design and verification. Memory selection, memory controller configuration, and memory system performance analysis are supported through Denali's online infrastructure at PureSpec is the industry leading solution for verifying compliance and interoperability for PCI Express designs. Denali's Databahn memory controller cores are licensed for use in over 80 chips and provide designers with the highest quality solution for interfacing with all new and emerging high-performance memory technologies. More than 400 companies worldwide use Denali's tools, technology, and services to design and verify complex chip interfaces for communication, consumer, and computer products. For more information, please visit Denali at or contact Denali directly at: 650-461-7200, or email:

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