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Mentor Graphics Veloce Deployed by Mitsubishi to Deliver High-Quality HDTV Video Decoder Chip

WILSONVILLE, Ore., October 15, 2008 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that the Veloce® hardware-assisted verification platform, one of EDN’s 2007 Hot 100 products, was used by Mitsubishi to verify its next generation HDTV Video Decoder IP. Mitsubishi has deployed a hardware-assisted (emulation) verification strategy over the last several years to help accelerate the verification cycle, validate circuit functionality with “real/live” data and ensure efficient pre- and post-silicon debug.

“Time-to-market pressure is severe for multimedia consumer products. We realize that hardware-software co-verification with real image data is mandatory for system-level sign-off,” said Noriyuki Minegishi, Manager, LSI Design Methodology Team, SoC Technology Department. “We decided to transition to Veloce due to better capacity in a smaller foot-print, faster compile and MHZ-class run-time. We taped-out a design of a multi-standard HDTV video decoder using Veloce so far – the HDTV video decoder emulation identified over sixty bugs prior to tape-out, ensuring high quality of the RTL.”

Most multi-media SoC designs consume billions of verification cycles. So design projects of this nature are well suited for an emulation-centric verification strategy where software simulation alone is not practical and hardware/software co-simulation with actual video image data is necessary. The use of an emulation-centric verification flow based on the Veloce product reduces hardware development time, allows verification teams to run more verification cycles, and prevents ‘tape-out’ delays and respins--ultimately allowing more verification while reducing verification cycle time.

“Mitsubishi routinely pushes the technology envelope to develop highly complex multimedia SoCs. Being part of their verification methodology re-affirms Veloce’s unmatched value proposition for functional verification of complex chips,” said Eric Selosse, general manager and vice president of Mentor’s Emulation Division. “Mitsubishi joins a growing list of leading-edge customers who have incorporated Veloce into their functional verification flow.”

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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 $850 million and employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

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For more information, please contact:
Carole Thurman
Mentor Graphics
503.685.4716
carole_thurman@mentor.com
Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

 
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