Realtek Improves IC Reliability by Using Calibre PERC to Perform Advanced Circuit Design Checks

  Realtek Improves IC Reliability by Using Calibre PERC to Perform Advanced
  Circuit Design Checks

Business Wire

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- July 2, 2013

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced that Realtek
Semiconductor Corp. is now using the Calibre® PERC™ product as its production
sign-off tool for performing sophisticated electrical circuit checks (ERC) on
its designs. These checks help ensure robust protection against potential
critical reliability issues, including electrostatic discharge (ESD). The
Calibre PERC product has replaced the previous internal, SPICE-based approach
to circuit checking, which was slow and required complex custom code
development.

“Robust circuit verification, including checking for effective ESD protection,
is extremely important for advanced designs with mixed-signal components,”
said Jessy Chen, vice president and spokesman at Realtek. “Using PERC, we get
better performance, accuracy and flexibility. PERC helps to focus our debug
time on circuit issues that matter most.”

“The electrical design rule checks that our customers need to develop and
automate are rapidly growing in complexity, especially in multi-voltage,
mixed-signal environments,” said Shu-Wen Chang, director of Calibre Foundry
Programs for the Mentor Graphics® Design-to-Silicon division. “We have
continued to enhance Calibre PERC to meet these new requirements, providing a
flexible and programmable platform for circuit verification. Specifically,
Calibre PERC’s topological capabilities have been extended to include
circuit-driven resistance and current density checking, giving customers like
Realtek faster and more repeatable ways to verify that their design has met
their reliability requirements.”

Calibre PERC Enables New Electrical Checks

The Calibre PERC product enables users to define electrical checks using both
topology and geometric information, allowing them to verify specific device
and interconnect structures and electrical characteristics. For example, it
can identify the omission of required ESD protection devices on a schematic or
netlist, and it can look for errant signal paths and other soft connection
errors. These include well connection errors, floating devices, nets, pins,
incorrect voltage supply connections, excessive series pass gates,
problem-level shifter designs, antenna checks, floating wells, minimum “hot”
NWELL width, and many others.

About Realtek

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world’s leading IC providers.
Realtek designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications
network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include
10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch
Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN
Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, DSL Chips, VoIP Solutions, AC'97/High Definition
Audio Codecs, Clock Generators, Card Reader Controllers, Web Camera
Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and Digital Home Center
Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed signal
circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers
full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions. More
information on Realtek can be found on our website: www.realtek.com.

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 and Calibre are registered trademarks, and PERC 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
Carrie Yu, +86-21-6101-6311
carrie_yu@mentor.com
or
Mentor Graphics
Sonia Harrison, 503-685-1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com
 
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