Mentor Graphics Seamless Selected by Faraday for Co-Verification

4/30/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Faraday Technology Corporation (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 3035) has selected the Seamless® tool as its co-verification environment for the DSP and microcontroller cores in its intellectual properties (IP) library. In conjunction with this announcement, Faraday will also offer its first Mentor Graphics® Seamless Processor Support Package (PSP). The PSP will model its FD216 16-bit DSP core, the first in a planned series of PSPs to target audio processing applications such as MP3 players, photo printing and JPEG decoders.

"Hardware/software co-verification is a critical component of the system-on-chip verification process," said Dr. George Hwang, vice president of research and development for Faraday. "We determined the need to support this technology for our IP. Looking at available solutions, we chose Mentor Graphics as our partner given the proven market leadership of the Seamless co-verification tool. With the FD216 PSP, our customers can use the Seamless product to verify their design in an integrated hardware and software simulation environment through virtual prototyping."

"A growing number of IP providers such as Faraday Technology are recognizing the importance of hardware/software co-verification in verifying their IP in SoC designs," said Serge Leef, general manager of the System-on-Chip Verification Division at Mentor Graphics. "Results show that the Seamless tool brings significant gains in verification productivity. Customers have reported savings of one to three months in typical embedded project schedules. As partners like Faraday develop the Seamless models the technology becomes available to their customers who can then realize the benefits of the solution."

Seamless Hardware/Software Co-Verification for the FD216
First introduced in 1996, the Seamless hardware/software co-verification environment has become firmly established as the market leader with support for over 120 microcontrollers and DSPs. Since then it has been adopted by a wide range of customers designing embedded systems across a broad range of applications.

Faraday Technology licensed the Seamless product in 2001 and subsequently undertook development of the PSP for the FD216 DSP. The FD216 is a high performance, easy to use, 16-bit embedded DSP processor. This processor includes a DSP core, on-chip data memory, program memory, two serial ports, one timer, twelve programmable I/Os, an internal DMA (IDMA) interface, an external memory interface, and a serial ICE interface. The DSP core has a four-stage pipeline architecture, which provides operating frequencies up to 190MHz (typical case), for 0.18Ám process applications with low operating power requirements. Its single-phase clock and standard-cell based approach allows customers to quickly integrate the FD216 into their SoC designs.

Seamless provides support for all popular logic simulators and many software development environments, including the Model Technology® ModelSim® environment. The FD216 PSP utilizes a proprietary code development tools and debug environment from Faraday Technology.

The Seamless tool is available on Solaris, HP/UX and Red Hat Linux platforms. Pricing starts at $40,000. For more information, or to register for free Seamless workshops and functional verification seminars, visit

The FD216 PSP is available from Faraday Technology. For more information, please contact or the marketing sponsor Joanne Li-Jiuan Chen, whose email is

About Seamless
Linking popular software development and debug tools with logic simulation, Seamless delivers high performance co-verification months before a hardware prototype can be built. Seamless enables software and hardware development to be parallel activities, removing 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 block memory transfers and algorithmic routines.

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 3,500 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. World Wide Web site:

About Faraday Technology Corporation
Faraday Technology Corporation provides leading ASIC/SoC design services and production-proven IPs to customers ranging from system houses and IDMs to IC design houses. The company's broad portfolio of key IPs includes leading products such as RISC CPUs, 16/20/24-bit DSPs, USB2.0 Transceiver and Controller, Gigabit Ethernet, and Serial-ATA. Faraday's ASIC design services and IPs are widely used in PC peripherals, communication, and digital consumer products. With more than 450 employees and 2002 revenue of 96.2 million USD, Faraday is the largest fabless ASIC design service company in Asia-Pacific. Headquartered in Hsinchu Taiwan, Faraday offers services and support branch offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China. For more information on Faraday, please visit

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

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