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Mentor unveils new Platform Express product

Posted: 08 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mentor Graphics? Spirit Consortium? XML? Platform Express?

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that The SPIRIT Consortium's new 1.2 XML specification is used in the latest release of Mentor's Platform Express product, making the latter the first platform-based design solution to support the new specification.

According to the press release, The SPIRIT Consortium's 1.2 XML specification has enhancements designed to accelerate the design and verification of large SoC solutions and enable tighter integration among intellectual property (IP) and EDA tools throughout the design chain.

Platform Express v3.3.0 takes full advantage of the new specification's verification IP enhancements, providing a new set of generators that support 0-In Checkerware verification IP as well as PSL and OVL assertions. The product also features direct links to Mentor's Questa verification environment and provides a framework for enabling other verification formats.

According to Mentor, Platform Express enables users to automate the creation of SoC designs from IP in minutes, documented through The Consortium's 1.2 XML specification. The tool and its sophisticated generators enables SoC designers to rapidly create and verify their system designs by automating complex design creation, IP integration, power domain creation, software generation and verification steps, said the company. Platform Express is supplied in Eclipse plug-in format, enabling the tool to operate as part of a larger, customized design environment.

The SPIRIT Consortium's specification uses XML to create a machine-interpretable IP databook that contains design information used by software tools to automatically configure and integrate an IP block into a design. After years of development, The SPIRIT Consortium claims specification 1.2 can provide a complete platform for IP-based design and verification.

"Mentor Graphics was the key developer of the core technology behind The SPIRIT Consortium's proposed specification. Since donating that technology, Mentor has continued to advance the specification by developing design tools that bring the benefits of the specification to the end user," said Serge Leef, general manager of Mentor's System-Level Engineering Division, in a statement. "With this new version of Platform Express, Mentor is giving designers powerful verification options that promise to further increase the efficiency of RTL IP reuse."

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