Panasonic Communications Selects Mentor Graphics Catapult C Synthesis for Network Terminal Equipment Applications

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 9, 2005— Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd. has selected the Mentor Graphics Catapult(TM) C Synthesis tool after evaluating leading high-level synthesis tools. Panasonic Communications chose the Catapult C Synthesis tool based on the product's maturity and the productivity improvements it offers by synthesizing pure ANSI C++ descriptions.

"During our evaluation, we found Catapult C's quality of results and ease-of-use to be very convincing," said Dr. Akitoshi Matsuda, Corporate Information Systems Group, Panasonic Communications. "Using the tool, we are able to realize the benefits of algorithmic synthesis, which uses pure ANSI C++ system models as input. Algorithmic synthesis requires far less manual effort, allowing us to specify interfaces and hierarchy using constraints, and instantly target FPGA or ASIC implementations without changing the original pure C++ source."

Panasonic Communications designs application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) used in their voice, data and video communication systems. The company typically implements its algorithmic designs in a field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototype for real-time performance and functional validation before retargeting the design to an ASIC for production. The manual effort required to create register-transfer level (RTL) descriptions for both FPGA prototypes and ASICs left no time for design exploration, leading the company to explore high-level synthesis.

The Catapult C Synthesis tool is the only product to automatically create RTL from a pure ANSI C++ source where both the core algorithm and interface are untimed. This productivity improvement gives designers time to perform detailed "what-if" analysis on varying micro-architecture and interface scenarios to quickly achieve fully optimized hardware designs for either FPGA or ASIC implementations. The tool creates RTL that can be synthesized into gates using standard RTL synthesis products, enabling it to fit within a wide variety of tool flows.

"Panasonic Communications is an expert in using high-level synthesis tools to achieve time-to-market and quality goals for network terminal products," Simon Bloch, general manager of Design Creation and Synthesis Division. "We are honored that such an outstanding company has selected Catapult C Synthesis as it deploys the benefits of algorithmic synthesis."

About Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd. (PCC)

Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. The company specializes in development, manufacturing and sales in the fixed-line communications equipment areas of operation, including document related equipment and the provision of network and system services and solutions. For more information, please visit the Panasonic Communications website at

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 $700 million and employs approximately 3,850 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

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