Mentor has product lines targeting most aspects of electronic product design:
- IC Design
- IC Manufacuring (RET, OPC and Mask Data Prep)
- SiliconTest and Yield Analysis
- Functional Verification
- Integrated PCB-FPGA Systems Designs
- Electonic System Level (ESL) Design
- Automotive EE Deisgn Solutions
- Embedded Software
- Mechanical Analysis
- Consulting, Services and Support
Traditional EDA tools for physical design and verification have reached limits due to greater manufacturing process variability and the growing size and complexity of designs that take advantage of the latest nanometer scaling. With the advent of new process technologies, the handoff between integrated circuit (IC) layout and manufacturing has changed from a simple check to a multi-step process where the layout design must be enhanced to ensure efficient manufacturing. This presents a host of challenges related to manufacturing process effects, photolithography, data volumes, and achieving a cost-effective yield of finished chips from each wafer.
To meet these challenges with confidence, design teams turn to Mentor’s Olympus-SoC™ place and route system with Multi-Corner-Multi-Mode timing analysis and DFM-aware layout optimization for rapid closure of physical designs. The Olympus-SoC system works with the integrated Calibre® design-to-silicon platform, which includes physical verification, full-chip, transistor-level parasitic extraction, and model-based design for manufacturability (DFM) solutions.
Mentor provides solutions addressing IC mask data preparation (MDP) and resolution enhancement technologies (RET), such as optical proximity correction and other computational lithography techniques. The Calibre product family manages every facet of the design-to-silicon transition and is in use at the leading fabs and foundries around the world.
[top]SiliconTest and Yield Analysis
The Mentor Graphics Tessent™ product suite is a comprehensive silicon test and yield analysis platform that addresses the challenges of manufacturing test, debug, and yield ramp for today’s SoCs. Built on the foundation of the best-in-class solutions for each test discipline, Tessent brings them together in a powerful test flow that ensures total chip coverage.
Mentor Graphics provides its customers with critical tools for solving the increasingly complicated problems of verifying that today’s complex chip designs actually function as intended. Functional errors at the system level are the leading cause of design revisions affecting time to market and profitability. Design teams must improve existing methodologies with tools that scale across design complexity and multiple levels of abstraction.
The Mentor Graphics Functional Verification™ platform, featuring the Questa™ advanced verification environment, is a comprehensive EDA solution for functional verification, merging standards support, tools and a “design for verification” methodology to minimize verification cycles and design revisions. This solution provides advanced language support and a complete path for verification, from hardware description language (HDL) simulation to in-circuit emulation, including support for testbenches, assertions and functional prototypes. Mentor offers standards-based support for the most advanced verification requirements with integrated technologies now including the 0-In® assertion-based verification tools and methodologies to enable comprehensive verification throughout the entire design.
Mentor supports the Open Verification Methodology (OVM), the industry's first true, Open Source system-level to RLT verification methodology implemented in SystemC and SystemVerilog languages. Other technologies include the popular ModelSim® simulator, Seamless® Hardware/Software Co-Verification, and Questa ADMS for analog/mixed-signal verification.
Mentor’s verification offering is completed by the powerful Veloce™ functional verification platform for systems on chip (SOC) and embedded systems, which provides hardware-assisted high-performance transaction-based emulation.
[top]Integrated PCB-FPGA Systems Designs
As ICs, ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) and FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) become more complex and printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication technology advances to include embedded components and high-density interconnect layers, the design of PCBs is reaching new levels of complexity. These are frequently a source of design bottlenecks.
Mentor Graphics is the market and technology leader in PCB design, providing many of the world’s largest system design companies with a range of scalable design solutions to reduce the time, cost and risk of electronic system design: the Expedition™ Series, for the creation of highly complex PCB designs; the Board Station® family, for the PCB design challenges of the global enterprise; and the PADS® flow, a Windows-based solution for complex PCB design.
Mentor Graphics also offers solutions for specific design challenges such as radio frequency (RF) design management, high-speed routing and verification, advanced PCB manufacturing, assembly and test, concurrent team design, FPGA-on-board integration and design data management.
[top]Electronic System Level (ESL) Design
Design complexity of next-generation digital applications is outgrowing the capabilities of current design methods. Increasingly, designs are large systems that include embedded cores, IP, and complex signal processing hardware that implements computationally intensive algorithms. To deal with this complexity, Mentor Graphics offers a comprehensive suite of electronic system level (ESL) design tools for hardware creation.
The Catapult® C Synthesis product is a customer-proven algorithmic synthesis environment using pure C++ language to describe functional intent. This enables engineering teams to produce superior ASIC or FPGA hardware 10-20x faster than manual methods. Vista™, a SystemC debug environment, helps designers model their designs at a higher level of abstraction where they can identify and resolve problems with minimal effort.
For system integration, Visual Elite™ helps designers deal with IP from different sources, modeled in different languages, and written at different levels of abstraction. Together these tools deliver significant productivity and design quality improvements, and provide a methodology that will satisfy designers’ requirements for the next 10-15 years.
[top]Automotive EE Design Solutions
A new car now contains 15 percent more electronics than the models of one year ago, in entertainment, navigation and safety systems. As the electrical wiring systems in the transportation industry become increasingly complex, so the need for software solutions to manage this complexity grows.
Mentor Graphics offers a range of solutions being used by OEMs and wire harness manufacturers throughout the world. Mentor's CHS™ tool is a powerful design environment developed specifically for the wire harness industry, providing a data-centric tool suite for electrical systems and associated harness design. Mentor's Volcano™ product line supports a structured engineering process for the development of distributed control systems.
In-vehicle software with optimized resource utilization and network design tools allow the design of robust AUTOSAR and non-AUTOSAR in-vehicle networks in a very cost efficient way.
Most electronics products today are a synthesis of hardware design and embedded software, and the embedded software is the main differentiator for product functionality and performance. As a result, embedded software has increased dramatically in electronic systems design.
Mentor's Nucleus® software development platform offers a source code, a real-time operating system (RTOS) and a fully integrated development system. This means that embedded software tools can be developed and tested at the same time as hardware, and can be debugged simultaneously. Furthermore, the simultaneous development enables a "design-in" reliability so that good architectural decisions can be made in both hardware and software development.
Mentor Graphics newly formed Mechanical Analysis Division (previously Flomerics) offers a family of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools aimed at helping engineers solve complex everyday engineering problems quickly and within budget.
Electronics Cooling Solutions
Mentor Graphics is a provider of thermal analysis simulation software for the electronics industry*. The Mechanical Analysis Division (previously Flomerics) has led the market with thermal analysis solutions for over a decade and has developed the largest installed base of any tool provider. Mentor’s family of electronics cooling simulation tools -- FloTHERM®, FloTHERM®.PCB and FloEFD™ -- helps engineers predict airflow, temperature and heat transfer in components, boards and complete systems.
Engineering Fluid Dynamics Solutions
Developed to meet the needs of the design engineer, the engineering fluid dynamics (EFD) suite offers a robust fluid flow and heat transfer simulation tool for use in over 30 industries. Tightly integrated with leading mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) software, FloEFD™ enables engineers to integrate analysis into their design cycle without disrupting their engineering process.
Building Heating and Ventilation Solutions
Since 1988, FloVENT® and its predecessors have played a pioneering role in the simulation of airflow as well as temperature distribution in and around buildings, aircraft, trains and automobiles. FloVENT is also well suited for specialist applications such as contamination control within clean-rooms or temperature control in datacenters or medical warehouses. FloEFD can also be used for the analysis and optimization of HVAC equipment.
Thermal Characterization and Testing Solutions
In the specialized field of thermal testing for semiconductor devices, Mentor Graphics offers the T3Ster® and TERALED® software and hardware-based solutions. These tools enable thermal characterization of semiconductor device packages including ICs, power LEDs and other discrete components, stacked dies, MCMs and printed circuit boards.
Mechanical Analysis Consulting Service
Mentor’s experienced mechanical analysis consulting group provides expert knowledge and advice to customers. Consulting services are available in areas including electronics cooling, thermal characterization, engineering fluid dynamics and HVAC.
[top]Mentor Consulting, Services and Support
The Mentor Graphics global customer support
organization offers leading customer support solutions online, by phone and in-person, to ensure that customers can find answers to their questions at any hour of the day or night from anywhere in the world. The company's "customer first" approach has resulted in Mentor Graphics being the only EDA company to achieve Support Center Practices (SCP) certification and a five-time winner of the Software Technical Assistance Recognition (STAR) Award from the Service and Support Professionals Association. Mentor is also the first company to earn certification for its web support services through the internationally recognized Service Capability & Performance (SCP) Standards.
is an expert in electronic design infrastructures and methodology services and is the only service partner in the industry that invests in the transfer of knowledge to its customers. Their solutions are used worldwide by forward-looking electronics companies to optimize design productivity and advance adoption of the latest industry design best practices. Education Services is focused on developing and delivering quality training to help customers assimilate new tools and technologies into their design environments, increasing productivity and ensuring success in the marketplace.