Mentor Graphics Veloce 2 Emulation Platform Boosts Verification Productivity for STMicroelectronics

 Mentor Graphics Veloce 2 Emulation Platform Boosts Verification Productivity
                            for STMicroelectronics

PR Newswire

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 29, 2014

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq:
MENT), a leader in advanced system verification solutions, announced today
that STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader serving customers
across the spectrum of electronics applications, has adopted the Veloce^® 2
emulation platform to boost productivity in the verification of System-On-Chip
(SoC) and Intellectual Property (IP)-based designs.

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The Veloce 2 platform delivers a flexible emulation environment capable of
handling small and large designs where the platform can be easily and quickly
reconfigured to suit the needs of an IP design user or a SoC user. With the
Veloce Enterprise Server features, this is achieved simply and automatically,
allowing users to maximize a valuable resource. The Veloce 2 platform allows
any user to access one or more of its advanced verification boards, thereby
using all hardware resources available across many individuals or groups.

"Since 2009, STMicroelectronics has used Mentor Veloce for the emulation of
complete system-level HW/SW verification and validation of many complex SoC
platforms. This capability enables us to routinely bring up full-system boot
within hours of receiving 28nm SoC silicon. The Veloce 2 platform is now used
across our multiple SoC platforms, including our latest HEVC-based consumer
SoCs, and the consumer ASICs that we develop with our customers on ST's 28nm
fully depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FD-SOI) process technology," said
Philippe Magarshack, Executive Vice President of Design Enablement and
Services at STMicroelectronics. "By pioneering the usage of Veloce 2 as a
shareable, global emulation resource, we have significantly improved the
productivity and time-to-market of our multiple SoC design teams while
maximizing hardware utilization."

Delivering multiple verification methodologies using the Veloce 2 platform
satisfies the needs of different design teams who have unique approaches to
system verification and validation. These approaches span acceleration
methodologies, using both SystemC and SystemVerilog/UVM testbench
environments, traditional In-Circuit emulation (ICE), and virtual emulation
techniques based on the Veloce VirtuaLAB platform capabilities.

"As a long-time user, STMicroelectronics pushes the boundaries of hardware
emulation to verify their complex IP and systems," said Eric Selosse, Vice
President and General Manager, Mentor Emulation Division. "By meeting ST's
needs with the Veloce 2 emulation platform, we help them successfully achieve
a high-level of pre-silicon verification. ST takes their emulation use to
another level of effectiveness by allocating hardware and software resources
automatically, across multiple geographies, where they can treat the emulator
as a shareable, always-on, networked resource for hardware and software

About the Veloce Emulation Platform
The Veloce 2 emulation platform is the latest-generation hardware emulator
from Mentor that reduces project schedules and costs by delivering
high-performance simulation accelerations, virtualized emulation, and
traditional in-circuit emulation of complex SoC designs. The Veloce 2 platform
achieves these benefits through a unique emulation-on-chip architecture and
best-in-class software and hardware technologies, delivering fast compiles,
full debug visibility, power aware and analysis tools, and advanced memory
modeling. Additionally, leading-edge protocol solutions provide off-the-shelf
portfolios of easy-to-use verification IPs (VIPs), ICE applications (iSolve™),
and VirtuaLAB components that are an essential part of verifying both IP and
SoC-based designs, delivering high levels of productivity and ROI to the end

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 in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate
headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon
97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics and Veloce are registered trademarks and iSolve is a trademark
of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the
registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners

For more information, please contact:
Carole Dunn
Mentor Graphics

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