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QuickLogic, Mentor in OEM agreement on FPGA tools

Posted by iNext - 2005-12-29

SAN FRANCISCO — Programmable logic supplier QuickLogic Corp. and top-tier EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. have entered a multi-year OEM agreement by which QuickLogic customers get access to Mentor's Precision Synthesis tool within the QuickLogic Quickworks field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development environment, the companies said Tuesday (Dec. 28).

According to the companies, using an interactive graphical environment, designers gain the flexibility to cross-probe between HDL and schematic views. The tool performs "what if" timing analysis with instant feedback, enabling designers to make confident decisions for fast and accurate timing closure, the companies said.

"Precision Synthesis is being used for FPGA designs with their complex timing challenges and system performance requirements," said Tom Hart, chairman, president and CEO of QuickLogic (Sunnyvale, Calif.), in a statement. "We are very pleased to partner with Mentor Graphics in providing our customers with advanced synthesis and debugging capabilities, ease of use and reliability. Via this important new partnership, we believe that our customers using the Precision Synthesis tool will be able to easily target QuickLogic devices and reach the unprecedented levels of performance and power-conscious functionality needed for their future designs."

Precision Synthesis is scheduled to be fully integrated into the QuickWorks FPGA development software in early 2006. Users may also run Precision Synthesis QuickLogic Edition in a stand-alone mode and create a standard electronic data interchange format (EDIF) netlist in the QuickWorks design environment.

The new Precision Synthesis QuickLogic Edition supports QuickLogic's programmable logic devices, including Eclipse I, Eclipse II, QuickMIPs and QuickPCI. Beta support is also available for the QuickLogic's newly announced PolarPro devices, the companies said.

"QuickLogic is a low-power programmable logic leader, and this decision to choose Precision Synthesis as its OEM offering is a strong testament to the design, analysis and productivity benefits delivered by our advanced synthesis technology," said Simon Bloch, general manager, Design Creation and Synthesis division, Mentor Graphics (Wilsonville, Ore.). "Clearly, this partnership will help designers leverage the exceptional value offered by QuickLogic devices, especially in exciting new application areas such as low-power FPGA design."

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