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Mentor Graphics Questa Functional Verification Platform Selected by Cypress Semiconductor

WILSONVILLE, Ore., January 31, 2011 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has selected the Questa® functional verification platform for all of its functional verification needs. During testing on a number of designs across multiple technologies, the Questa platform demonstrated faster performance, higher reliability and better support of industry standards than other functional verification solutions.

Other deciding factors were integration of the Questa Power Aware capability as well as seamless integration of the Questa digital simulation engine inside the Questa ADMS mixed-signal simulation environment. Cypress Semiconductor had previously standardized on the Questa ADMS solution for mixed-signal simulation as well as the Questa-Power Aware technology for UPF-based, low-power design verification.

“As a world class provider of high performance, low-power, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that are integrated into the end applications of thousands of worldwide customers, we must extensively verify our designs against a wide variety of potential scenarios in ever reducing cycle times,” said Andrew Wright, Cypress’s VP of Design. “We have chosen to standardize on Mentor’s Questa platform because of its best-in-class performance and capabilities as well as the world-class support we have received.”

The Questa functional verification platform and the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) promote efficient functional verification from Electronic System Level (ESL) to gate-level descriptions. As the design moves from high-levels of abstraction to gate-level implementation, the built-in, multi-lingual features of the Questa platform give users a smooth and seamless transition between abstraction levels, resulting in significantly reduced errors and increased productivity.

“Working with Mentor’s Questa team and the Mentor consulting organization, we are deploying an OVM-based verification methodology to enable Cypress to effectively verify and deliver robust solutions,” said Dragomir Nikolic, CAD Director at Cypress. “The first complete deployment of the Questa and OVM methodology will take place in a next-generation, PSoC®-based, touchscreen device scheduled for release this year. We felt that Questa's capabilities, as well as Mentor's excellent support, were the best choice for Cypress going forward.”

“The increasing complexity of functional verification means customers have to adopt new techniques,” said John Lenyo, General Manager, Mentor Graphics. “We’ve built both the tools and an organization that can help customers accelerate adoption. Working side by side with Cypress, we identified opportunities for improved productivity and partnered to quickly ramp up deployment.”

Questa Functional Verification Platform
The Questa functional verification platform combines high performance and high capacity with the most comprehensive verification capabilities in the industry. Assertion-based Verification (ABV), intelligent testbench automation, Multi-view Verification Components (MVCs), and Coverage-driven Verification (CDV) are supported natively by the Questa platform’s high-performance assertion engine; a modern, high-performance constraint solver; and extensive functional coverage features, including verification management leveraging the Unified Coverage Database (UCDB). Verification of low-power design intent can be proven in an RTL environment with power-aware functional verification. This full set of advanced verification functionality, enhanced by a flexible Open Verification Methodology (OVM), delivers unrivaled language and feature support in any design and verification flow.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch™ solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $850 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics and Questa are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

For more information, please contact:

Carole Dunn
Mentor Graphics
503.685.14716
carole_dunn@mentor.com
Ry Schwark
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1660
ry_Schwark@mentor.com

 
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