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Mentor Graphics Delivers First Hardware/Software Processor Support Package for the ARM Cortex-M3 Processor.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Mentor Graphics, Inc (NASDAQ: MENT) is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create.  Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) today announced the availability of the first Mentor processor support package for the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 processor, which works with Mentor Graphics' Seamless(R) tool to expose hardware/software integration errors inherent in processor-based designs. A Seamless processor support package for the ARM11(TM) MPCore(TM) multiprocessor Multiple processors. A multiprocessor machine uses two or more CPUs for routine processing. See multiprocessing.

multiprocessor - parallel processing
 is also available.

Mentor's processor support packages for the ARM Cortex-M3 processor and the ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor are based on validated models created by ARM and delivered to Mentor with ARM RealView(R) Electronic System Level (ESL (1) An earlier family of client/server development tools for Windows and OS/2 from Ardent Software (formerly VMARK). It was originally developed by Easel Corporation, which was acquired by VMARK. ) Application Programming Interfaces (API), a coordinated family of debug To correct a problem in hardware or software. Debugging software means locating the errors in the source code (the program logic). Debugging hardware means finding errors in the circuit design (logical circuits) or in the physical interconnections of the circuits. , simulation and profiling interfaces that includes the Cycle Accurate Simulation Interface (CASI CASI Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (UK)
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). These models help reduce design risk by providing a fast, cycle-aware representation that gives design teams a window on silicon performance long before committing to tapeout. Additionally, the virtual processor model provides an excellent level of detail regarding hardware registers, software variables and hardware design issues, enabling simulation runs that closely reflect actual system behavior. Using the high-speed ARM processor models, designers can accurately simulate the entire boot-up process, including device drivers and hardware diagnostics, thereby detecting errors that would prevent boot-up in a hardware prototype.

"Designers who choose ARM processors typically work on leading-edge applications with tight market windows. For this reason and others, timely EDA (1) (Electronic Design Automation) Using the computer to design, lay out, verify and simulate the performance of electronic circuits on a chip or printed circuit board.  support for our processors is one of our key concerns," said Keith Clarke, vice president, Technical Marketing, ARM. "Mentor Graphics has an excellent track record of integrating ARM processor-based models in time to meet customer demand. This will now be enhanced by the addition of the ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor and the new ARM Cortex-M3 processor."

The Seamless hardware/software integration environment provides full control over test execution using the ARM Cortex-M3 processor model, enabling designers to isolate and fix hardware/software interface errors early in the development schedule. To validate that system performance targets are met, Seamless features performance profiling capabilities to accurately measure key design parameters such as bus bandwidth utilization, memory loading, and software profiling, before committing to hardware. The Seamless product is part of Mentor's Scalable Verification(TM) platform, a full suite of products that comprises a complete path from HDL (Hardware Description Language) A language used to describe the functions of an electronic circuit for documentation, simulation or logic synthesis (or all three). Although many proprietary HDLs have been developed, Verilog and VHDL are the major standards.  simulation to emulation.

"Since the introduction of the ARM7(TM) processor family, Mentor Graphics and ARM have aligned to provide timely solutions to the verification challenges inherent in processor-based design," said Serge Leef, general manager of the System-Level Engineering Division at Mentor Graphics. "The past collaboration and technology development between ARM and Mentor were the key to creating this processor support package for the Cortex-M3 processor, and provide an important foundation as we move to ease hardware/software integration in future ARM processors."

Pricing and Availability

Mentor Graphics Seamless processor support packages for the complete family of ARM processors, including the ARM Cortex-M3 processor and ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor, are priced at $45,000. For technical information, please email To find additional product information and technical papers, or to register for free Seamless workshops and functional verification Functional verification, in electronic design automation, is the task of verifying that the logic design conforms to specification. In everyday terms, functional verification attempts to answer the question "Does this proposed design do what is intended?" This is a complex task,  seminars, please visit

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) 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 electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $725 million and employs approximately 4,050 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon Wilsonville is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,991 at the 2000 census, and as of 2005 was estimated to be 16,510.[1] Geography
Wilsonville is located at  (45.306805, -122.
 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics and Seamless are registered trademarks, and Scalable Verification is a trademark, of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

ARM and RealView are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM7, ARM11, Cortex and MPCore are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc, its operating company operating company

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 ARM Limited, and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC inc - /ink/ increment, i.e. increase by one. Especially used by assembly programmers, as many assembly languages have an "inc" mnemonic.

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., ARM KK, ARM Korea Ltd., ARM Taiwan, ARM France SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. , ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., ARM Belgium N.V., AXYS Design Automation Inc., AXYS GmbH, ARM Embedded Inserted into. See embedded system.  Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and ARM Physical IP, Inc.
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