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GiQuila adopts Mentor's hardware verification system

Posted: 23 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mentor Graphics? GiQuila? VStation? hardware verification system? multimedia IC?

GiQuila Corp. has adopted Mentor Graphics Corp.'s VStation hardware verification system to verify its family of graphics and multimedia ICs for handheld devices.

GiQuila, a private fabless semiconductor company, develops low-power graphics and multimedia processors for next-generation handheld devices.

Mentor's VStation hardware verification platform and the iSolve speed adapters were used to test and verify GiQuilas first generation multimedia processor. VStation provides real-world testing of complex system designs prior to silicon, enabling the rapid development and verification of complex SoCs, mandatory for today's multimedia, networking and consumer electronics design applications, the press release said.

The GiQuila chip underwent testing using the iSolve and PCI Express speed adapters linked to the VStation emulation system. Using the Mentor hardware accelerated verification platform, GiQuila was able to bring up their complex chip design and run real-life conformance test suites and applications before tapeout. The current emulation solution not only increased the verification quality of the actual design, GiQuila said, but it also allowed the software team to get a head start on driver development.

"The VStation emulation system linked with the iSolve speed adapter provided the high performance, high capacity verification that we require for our low-power graphics and multimedia processors," said GiQuila CEO Mike Cai. "The emulation speed and debug flexibility were key advantages of the VStation solution, resulting in getting first time working silicon and a shortened bring-up cycle."

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