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IC Design Kits

Educational Generic Design Kit (GDK)

The Generic Design Kit (GDK) is an educational design kit providing all the requisite data, libraries, and documentation to create IC and ASIC designs using the Mentor Graphics suite of layout, synthesis, simulation, and test tools. It is an educational kit for use by universities and colleges in class work environments, and should not be used for design fabrication.

The Generic Design Kit and its documentation are available to Higher Education Program members from the Generic Design Kit website on SupportNet.

You will need to login to SupportNet using your account ID and password.

Foundry PDKs

Mentor Graphics has teamed up with the world's top foundries to jointly develop and qualify technology design kits for our IC Design, Analog/Mixed-Signal simulation and Calibre IC Verification.

In order to obtain these design kits you will need to contact either your foundry of multi project wafer (MPW) supplier directly.

You will be required to show your eligibility for accessing a foundry kit, by providing your non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with either the foundry or MPW supplier.

Information on the foundry design kits available can be found on the Design Kits website on the Mentor Graphics website.


For Mentor Graphics tool specific issues when using either the educational or foundry specific design kits, please contact your local Support Hotline.

If you have any further questions regarding design kits, please contact us via