WILSONVILLE, Ore.--Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced it is developing physical verification tools for IBM Corp.'s silicon-germanium (SiGe) foundry processes and highly integrated mixed-signal ICs.
The tools are part of Mentor's Calibre physical verification software suite. Rule files developed Mentor will be qualified by both IBM and Mentor and made available to customers by IBM Microelectronics.
"Historically, some verification tools have been optimized for digital designs while others have worked better for analog flows," noted Anthony Nicoli, marketing manager of the Calibre business unit at Mentor. The physical verification capability of Calibre enables "design style independence" for analog, logic, and mixed-signal processes, according to Nicoli.
Kevin Brelsford, technical marketing manager at IBM Microelectronics, said the new Calibre rule files are "intended to enable joint customers of IBM and Mentor to perform physical verification of mixed-signal SoC system-on-chip designs."