Mentor Supports AMD Opteron, AMD64 Architecture with Design-for-Test

9/12/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation announced design-for-test (DFT) support for the AMD OpteronTM processor and AMD64 architecture. Mentor Graphics will offer AMD64 versions of its embedded deterministic test (EDTTM) tool, TestKompress®, and its automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) tool suite, which includes FastScanTM, the industry-leading ATPG tool, the DFTAdvisorTM tool for test synthesis, and the FlexTestTM tool for sequential ATPG. Support for the AMD64 architecture provides customers developing very large designs -- in excess of 10 million gates -- with the flexibility and capacity needed to define their computing and engineering environment.

"As the leader in ATPG technologies, it is important for us to support the variety of needs and design environments of our partners and our customers. Our DFT products have been available on Linux for some time and we planned our 64-bit rollout to coincide with the growing industry need. Through our ongoing partnership with AMD, supporting the AMD64 architecture was a natural extension for our technology," said Robert Hum, vice president and general manager of the Design Verification and Test division for Mentor Graphics. "The flexibility and scalability of the AMD64 architecture complements the flexibility and scalability of our tools and offers customers a comprehensive solution for their next generation designs."

"AMD is a long-time user of Mentor's DFT tools and we are pleased that they have been optimized for the AMD64 architecture," said Ben Williams, director of AMD's Server/Workstation Business Segment. "Mentor's DFT support for AMD64 offers our mutual customers the ability to tap the advantages of 64-bit performance without sacrificing 32-bit compatibility."

Support for the AMD64 architecture is included in the current beta releases of the FastScan, TestKompress, DFTAdvisor and FlexTest tools, and will be available in late 2003 to current customers at no extra charge. All other Mentor DFT tools will be available in 32-bit versions on the AMD64 architecture. For more information, contact your local sales office or email

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