Mentor Graphics Adds Embedded Memories to the Kronos Cell Characterization and Analysis Platform

  Mentor Graphics Adds Embedded Memories to the Kronos Cell Characterization
  and Analysis Platform

Business Wire

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- June 24, 2013

Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced it has expanded the
Kronos™ Cell Characterization and Analysis platform to include embedded
memories. The Kronos platform quickly produces accurate performance models for
standard cells, I/Os, complex cells and embedded memories within an advanced,
integrated environment.

Characterization and analysis of embedded memories poses unique challenges:
large circuit size can lead to excessive runtime, complex internal circuitry
and a variety of choices available for pin-bus models requires a high level of
automation. The Kronos platform addresses these challenges with proven,
integrated capabilities.

In managing the characterization and analysis of embedded memories, the Kronos
platform delivers ease of configuration that enables an automatic
characterization flow. The automated flow runs netlist reduction, all
simulations and creates complete .libs. The flow employs fast simulation
techniques and precise circuit setup and measurement controls.

Accurate Models
At 45nm and below, speed and power consumption are much more sensitive to
environmental conditions including voltage and noise. Therefore, producing
accurate models at the appropriate conditions is critical to achieving design
success. The Kronos platform quickly generates accurate and complete
timing/power models and incorporates unique methods for noise immunity and
signal integrity to avoid design problems that otherwise might not be detected
until failure analysis.

High Throughput
The Kronos Platform’s advanced algorithms and efficient job distribution
reduces characterization time from weeks to days. During characterization,
SPICE simulations are continuously monitored, and numerous data checks and
recovery mechanisms significantly improve turn-around time by pinpointing
specific model results and simulations if a problem is detected. The Kronos
technology is tightly integrated to the Mentor® Eldo® SPICE simulator
providing 3X performance improvement over loose, API type simulator
integrations.

“Today many of our customers are trying to perform very exhaustive standard
cell characterization across many technologies including analog, flash and
CMOS. Some of these organizations are characterizing up to 100 corners,” said
Robert Hum, vice president and general manager, Deep Submicron Division (DSM),
Mentor Graphics. “By providing leading standard cell characterization and
analysis technology deeply integrated with Eldo, our industry leading SPICE
simulator, we are helping these customers conduct very thorough
characterization while cutting days off their characterization time.”

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 in the last fiscal year of about $1,090 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, Mentor and Eldo are registered trademarks and Kronos is a
trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names
are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

Contact:

Mentor Graphics
Carole Dunn, 503-685-4716
carole_dunn@mentor.com
or
Sonia Harrison, 503-685-1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com