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

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 2, 2008— Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that the Veloce® hardware-assisted verification platform, one of EDNs 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 Veloces unmatched value proposition for functional verification of complex chips, said Eric Selosse, general manager and vice president of Mentors Emulation Division. Mitsubishi joins a growing list of leading-edge customers who have incorporated Veloce into their functional verification flow.

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 worlds 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:

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