Mentor, Xilinx Reduce Design Time and Optimize Integrated FPGA-on-PCB

11/12/2004 - Mentor Graphics Corporation announced a collaboration with Xilinx to supply the ExpeditionTM and PADS® users with reference data which allows them to more efficiently implement the multi-gigabit transceiver (MGT) technology available in Xilinx advanced field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) on their printed circuit board (PCB) designs. To ensure optimal multi-gigabit interconnect implementation, Mentor Graphics has teamed up with Xilinx to provide the Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT characterization board reference design for the PADS and Expedition product families.

“The Xilinx reference designs enable our Expedition and PADS customers to accelerate their design process, improve design quality and achieve optimal system performance. Today, system designers are faced with significant chip to board implementation challenges, such as increased FPGA densities and speeds in the multi-gigabit per second ranges,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. “These reference designs enable easy integration of complex FPGAs onto the PCB.”

Preconfigured design data can immediately be implemented in customer design flows, saving hours of library set up time, significantly reducing design time and improving system quality versus having to develop all this data from scratch. Supported by Mentor Graphics, the design kit includes a reference PCB layout and a part library that include symbols and footprints. Complimentary RocketIO signal integrity models are also available for Mentor Graphics® HyperLynx® and ICX® products. The Xilinx Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT characterization board databases are available on the Mentor website at

The Virtex-II Pro RocketIO MGT Characterization Board (Xilinx Part# HW-V2P-ML321) enables customers to investigate and experiment with the features of the Virtex-II Pro Rocket I/O multi gigabit transceivers. Xilinx used Mentor’s PADS and HyperLynx® solutions to develop the characterization board. Xilinx chose these solutions because of their ease-of-use, technical breadth and technical support from Mentor. More information on the characterization board is available at

“Our success in using Mentor Graphics’ tools to develop this reference design enables our customers to implement Xilinx FPGAs sooner in the design process, so they can evaluate their designs and make changes, if needed,” said Steve Lass, director of software marketing at Xilinx. “Support by popular PCB design tools like PADS and Expedition is important to the customer acceptance of our high speed I/O technology in our Virtex-II Pro and new Virtex-4 FPGA families.”

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Mentor supplies the industry’s most complete family of scalable design solutions for the individual up to the global enterprise. The PADS Suites are a market standard for Windows®-based PCB design solutions targeted at the individual user or small design organization. PADS’ ease-of-use, broad technology and affordable pricing provide customers with a high return on investment in their creation of PCB designs ranging from basic to complex. The Expedition series is a world technology leader for the creation of today’s most complex PCB designs. Expedition addresses the mid-sized to large enterprise user with pervasive high technology or centralized systems design infrastructure.

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