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

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics 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 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) Application Programming Interfaces (API), a coordinated family of debug, simulation and profiling interfaces that includes the Cycle Accurate Simulation Interface (CASI). 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 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 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 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 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 ARM Limited, and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC., ARM KK, ARM Korea Ltd., ARM Taiwan, ARM France SAS, ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., ARM Belgium N.V., AXYS Design Automation Inc., AXYS GmbH, ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and ARM Physical IP, Inc.
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