Wilsonville, Ore.--Sept. 22, 1997--Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville) announced that HAL Computer Systems Inc. (Campbell, Calif.), a Fujitsu company, used Mentor Graphics' Calibre physical verification tool to verify a 17.7-million transistor microprocessor that will be built into the next generation of HAL's SPARC-compatible systems. These systems will be used in high-performance workstations across diverse industries. HAL also supports Mentor's SPARC/Solaris binary-compatible deep submicron (DSM) verification software on HAL/Fujitsu systems.
Calibre completed the verification task in just 19 hours. This result represents a significant savings in time over competing physical design verification tools, which can take weeks to complete the same process. Calibre's rapid performance allowed the chip to be taped out on time with no identified errors.
HAL has developed a new processor designed for use in future high-performance Fujitsu and HAL systems. The design team was faced with the challenge of verifying the new chip under some difficult conditions. Not only was the engineering team pushing the technology envelope with a 17.7-million transistor design, but it was working in 0.25-m process geometries, with a full-custom configuration. Full-custom design verification typically requires more time because design blocks are not consistently repeated within the chip.
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