PARIS Consumer chipmaker Trident Microsystems has selected Veloce hardware emulator from Mentor Graphics Corp. for the system-level verification of its next-generation digital TV SoC chips.
Trident (Santa Clara, Calif.) said it has chosen Mentor's Veloce platform to be able to react quickly to consumer electronics market dynamics while minimizing the risks involved in the integration of next-generation SoCs.
Mentor claimed that its Veloce SoC verification system reduces project schedule and cost risk through simulation acceleration and high performance in-circuit emulation.
The iSolve family of application solutions consists of flexible, pre-configured software models and specialized hardware sub-systems for the Veloce product family. These models and sub-systems address the SoC modeling and real world testing requirements to quickly build complete, high performance SoC verification environments, Mentor noted.
Early October, NXP Semiconductors exchanged its television systems and set-top-box businesses for a majority stake in Trident Microsystems.
Mentor's spokesperson told EE Times that Trident evaluated Veloce independent of the acquisition of NXP and found that "Veloce performed at nearly 4x the performance of their existing emulation tool."
The spokesperson added: "while NXP is a Veloce customer, the evaluation and subsequent purchase by Trident was conducted and completed prior to the NXP acquisition."