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Mentor platform speeds up verification of multimedia apps

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:verification platform? apps multimedia? iSolve Veloce?

Mentor Graphics Corp. offers a high-performance platform that will accelerate the verification of multimedia products. According to the company, the new platform will enable designers to test their complete system, including graphics, digital TV, home entertainment systems, and mobile multimedia applications, as well as employ real-world multimedia stimulus early in the development cycle. The platform consists of the Veloce family of hardware-assisted verification products and the iSolve multimedia product.

"The growth in multimedia products has been astonishing over the last few years, affecting billions of people worldwide with their innovative technologies, and changing the way we live every day," said Eric Solosse, VP and general manager, emulation division, Mentor. "The challenges for those who create such multimedia products are huge, diverse, and complex requiring a new breed of verification products to solve the technical demands generated by such multimedia applications and systems. We took a novel approach to solving these challenges, by providing a fast, flexible, and user-configurable multimedia test and analysis environment that has not been seen before with similar in-circuit emulation (ICE) solutions available on the market today."

Mentor lists down key benefits of the solution, which include:

  • Automated creation of multimedia video and audio formats on demand

  • User-controllable streaming of multimedia data to verify and stress-test the SoC design

  • Simultaneous audio and video streaming and analysis

  • Full-featured graphical analysis tools for video and audio data to detect design flaws and increase productivity

  • Support for multiple standards: Graphics: RGB, YUV (CCIR656); Digital TV: HDMI 1.3; Mobile applications: SMIA 1.0 (Raw Bayer); and Audio formats: I2C, PCM, S/PDIF

  • Support for user-definable data, such as MPEG2/4, for verifying the design

  • Server-Client architecture to support remote usage across worldwide development sites

    According to Mentor, the iSolve multimedia verification platform can be used with a traditional ICE as well as a high-performance transaction-based acceleration mode of operation. The ability to mix and match traditional ICE capabilities with high-performance transaction-based acceleration facilitates the smooth transition from simulation centric use models to ICE.

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