Mentor Graphics Announces an Optimized FPGA Design Flow Between Precision Synthesis and MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 15, 2007— Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced support for hardware description language (HDL) generated by MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder in the Mentor Graphics Precision(R) suite of advanced synthesis products. This capability enables mutual customers to transfer VHDL and Verilog generated by Simulink HDL Coder into the Precision Synthesis tool directly to generate an optimized netlist implementation for field programmable gate array (FPGA) designs. All mutual customers using Precision 2006a release or newer with Simulink HDL Coder can benefit from this flow, which will improve the productivity of FPGA design synthesis.

The MathWorks and Mentor Graphics have collaborated on this flow to assure interoperability. Simulink HDL Coder generates bit-true, cycle-accurate, synthesizable Verilog and VHDL code from Simulink models, Embedded MATLAB code, and Stateflow charts.

"Simulink HDL Coder and Precision Synthesis provide a rapid path from Simulink models to FPGA implementation," said Ken Karnofsky, director of marketing, Signal Processing and Communications, for MathWorks. "We are pleased to offer a workflow that leverages the capabilities of Mentor's advanced FPGA synthesis products."

"This integrated flow with Simulink HDL Coder and Precision Synthesis benefits our mutual customers," said Daniel Platzker, product line director of FPGA Synthesis at Mentor Graphics Design Creation and Synthesis division. "Both are industry-leading tools that support a vendor-independent design methodology, and this integrated flow significantly shortens the time to market of FPGA designs."

Precision Synthesis: The Centerpiece of Mentor Graphics FPGA Flow

The Precision Synthesis tool is the industry's most comprehensive vendor-independent solution for FPGA design, and it is the only synthesis tool which offers true push button multi-vendor physical synthesis. With comprehensive language support, including SystemVerilog, an advanced ASIC prototyping flow, and automatic incremental synthesis, the Precision Synthesis tool is uniquely suited to handle today's high-end FPGA designs. The Precision Synthesis tool features award-winning design analysis, allowing designers to cross-probe between multiple views and perform interactive static timing "what-if" analyses. The Precision Synthesis tool reduces design iterations and enables faster, more predictable completion of designs, while delivering a high quality of results.

Precision Synthesis is available at a starting price of $20,200 (USD). For additional product information, go to the company website:, contact a local Mentor Graphics sales office, or call 1-800-547-3000 for specific product and pricing details.

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 electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $825 million and employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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


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