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Mentor Graphics New Questa Verification Platform Functionality Drives Verification Throughput

Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced the 10.2 release of the Questa ® functional verification platform, a tightly integrated and extensible set of tools and solutions that is transforming the functional verification of complex System-on-Chip (SoC) and FPGA designs. This new release extends the Questa Platform’s technology leadership in verification productivity with performance improvements across the entire spectrum of engines and solutions, unified debug, leading verification management and analysis capabilities, and superior support of the latest methodology and language standards.

Simulation Performance: As designs continue to grow in size and complexity, the need for raw performance and smarter simulation throughput remain a critical verification requirement. The Questa 10.2 release delivers multiple performance improvements in simulation—up to 3X in designs using SystemVerilog/OVM/UVM, up to 5X with Questa Multi-Core Simulation, and up to 6X for Low Power simulations with UPF. These simulation performance improvements, coupled with the Questa Platform’s unique “compile once and simulate often” architecture, and enhanced GUI read/write performance, gives verification users optimum simulation throughput.

Unified Debug: The Questa 10.2 release introduces new technology that allows users to easily sync all analysis windows, track forward and backward in time, and automatically trace issues back to the original cause, dramatically reducing debug time and increasing productivity. For UVM and SystemVerilog users, the Questa 10.2 release has multiple new capabilities including a dedicated UVM window, UVM native objects in all the major debug windows, a Constraint Explorer, and UVM Register Assistant. All of these enhancements extend the Questa Platform’s leading SystemVerilog and UVM/OVM debug and automation support.

“AumRaj thoroughly reviewed and tested the new 10.2 advanced features of the Questa Verification Platform including simulation, debug, power aware simulation, and intelligent Testbench Automation and are very impressed with the continuing growth of advanced verification capabilities of Questa,” said Dipika Ganatra, director at AumRaj Inc. “As verification consultants, we need to be able to quickly and efficiently help our customers improve their verification process and methodology and the leading-edge technologies of the Questa platform enable us to do this.”

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