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Mentor Graphics Veloce Emulation System Adopted by MIPS to Accelerate Verification for Processor IP.

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.  Corp. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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: MENT), the leader in high-performance system verification solutions, today announced that MIPS Technologies (MIPS Technologies, Inc., Mountain View, CA, www.mips.com) Founded in 1984 as MIPS Computer Systems Inc., the company merged with SGI in 1992 and spun off as an independent entity once again in 2000. , a leading microprocessor semiconductor IP company, has adopted the Veloce ve·lo·ce  
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[Italian, from Latin vl
([R]) platform for the complete system-level verification of its licensable microprocessor cores that are used in a variety of embedded applications. MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) The execution speed of a computer. For example, .5 MIPS is 500,000 instructions per second; 100 MIPS is a hundred million instructions per second. ([R]) cores are used prominently by other Veloce platform users such as NXP Semiconductors NXP (for Next eXPerience) Semiconductors is the name for the new semiconductor company founded by Philips as announced by its CEO Frans van Houten to its customers and employees in Berlin on Thursday night 2006-08-31 and to the global media early on Friday morning , a leading supplier of digital TV SoCs. MIPS Technologies chose the Veloce platform due to its superior 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.  capabilities, performance, accuracy, and extensive portfolio of iSolve([TM]) vertical market solutions.

"As a technology leader in embedded processor A CPU chip used in a system other than a general purpose workstation, desktop or laptop computer. Such chips are used by the billions every year in a myriad of products. See embedded system.  IP, MIPS has successfully leveraged Veloce on several of our recent IP development projects--including the multi-threaded, multi-core 1004K Coherent Processing System--to verify new cores before releasing them to customers," said Larry Hudepohl, vice president of engineering for MIPS Technologies. "We use Veloce extensively in an in-circuit emulation mode and for simulation acceleration. The Mentor emulation team helped us tremendously in making an easy transition to the Veloce platform from our previous systems."

The Veloce platform is the industry's fastest dual-mode Accelerator/Emulator available, providing MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc.  performance for both transaction-based verification and traditional in-circuit emulation (ICE). With an extensive portfolio of vertical market solutions, the Veloce platform is the platform of choice for multimedia, networking, wireless, and embedded systems applications.

"We have worked closely with MIPS Technologies for many years to provide the best possible emulation solution that meets their needs and addresses the challenges the company faces in verifying processor designs," said Eric Selosse, vice president and general manager, Mentor Emulation Division. "To support the large and growing base of MIPS licensees, we will soon announce new products supporting MIPS processor cores."

"NXP NXP Next Experience (formerly Philips Semiconductors)  continues to drive system-level integration to provide advanced solutions to our customers," said Iqbal Sharif, general manager, SoC Design Centre of the home business unit, NXP Semiconductors. "Pre- and post-silicon testing of our SoCs requires a massive number of verification cycles to validate functionality and avoid design flaws. The use of Veloce for hardware-assisted verification has played an important role for NXP to achieve the high-speed verification and testing required. This ultimately enables us to beat our tight schedules in a highly-competitive market. NXP is the first to introduce a global single chip digital TV platform on 45nm--TV550--which enables high-end TV features in mainstream TVs."

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 about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics and Veloce are registered trademarks and iSolve is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)
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