Wilsonville, Ore.--March 27, 1998--Mentor Graphics Corp.(Wilsonville) announced that Radix Technologies dramatically cutdevelopment costs of two advanced digital wireless chips using Mentor Graphics IP and integration services. The chips will be deployed as part of afixed-access wireless system that allows local callers to send and receivevoice and data at hundreds of kilobits per second. The first chip was completed within nine months and the second larger one within one year.
Radix creates cutting-edge solutions for next-generation communicationsystems. Until recently, Radix could not use IP because of the advancednature of its products. However, by using Mentor Graphics IP and integration services, the engineering team was able to develop chips months ahead ofschedule.
Typical commercial IP does not deliver the high-end performance andspecialized efficiency that many customers require for demanding designspecifications. Radix elected to design the entire first chip using only IP from Mentor Graphics.
Intended for standalone applications at remote locations, this chip was to operate at 38 MHz and needed an FFT at its core with special recombination and postprocessing circuitry surrounding it. The Mentor Graphics team took the design from specification through synthesis. Radix resumed control for the layout and fabrication, relying on the team from Mentor Graphics for advice during the final iterations that preceded fabrication.
For the second chip, Radix based the design on macro cells from MentorGraphics. These cores were actually an amalgamation of existing integer and floating point operations that Mentor Graphics had in its IP portfolio.
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