Beaverton, Ore.--March 16, 1998--Model Technology, Inc., a wholly ownedsubsidiary of Mentor Graphics Corp., announced the availability of the industry's first IA/NT-based ASIC sign-off simulator, Modelsim EE (Elite Edition).
NEC's System ASIC Division is the first to take advantage of the IA/NT version ofModelsim. NEC has named Modelsim the VHDL sign-off simulator for use withtheir OpenCAD 5.2 release. NEC chose Modelsim based on its Vital support,accuracy, performance, ease-of-use, and the unmatched technical support provided byModel Technology.
Modelsim EE supports customers who have migrated completely to WindowsNT-based design flows, as well as those who expect to migrate more gradually. Withcomplete interoperability between Windows and Unix platforms, users will be able toleverage common licensing (Flexlm-based floating licenses) and a common interface,with identical simulator functionality.
The NT platform flexibility will open up an entire new market for third-party tool vendorswho currently integrate their products with Modelsim. They can now easily combinetheir tools with Modelsim EE through the foreign language interface (FLI), which is theconduit that allows these vendors to integrate with Modelsim. Availability of theWindows NT version of Modelsim means vendors can offer a broad range of tools thatintegrate with Modelsim to both ASIC and FPGA designers, whether they useworkstations or PCs.
Modelsim is the industry's premier family of HDL simulators. Modelsim EE, targetedat ASIC design, and PE, targeted at FPGA designers, are available for VHDL, Verilog, or mixed-HDL (PLUS), giving ASIC and FPGA designers the broadestselection of platform and language alternatives. Modelsim products are uniquelyarchitected, using technology such as Optimized Direct Compile, Single Kernel Simulation(SKS), and Tcl/Tk. Modelsim simulators are backed by Model Technology's trademark ease of use, debugging support, robust quality, and technical support.
The Modelsim EE Windows NT version will be available as a floating license in thesecond quarter of 1998. Model Technology will offer a promotional upgrade path toexisting Modelsim PE customers for a one-time charge of $7,000. Modelsim PE(dongle-based version) is priced at $4,495 per language, and Modelsim EE ispriced at $14,995 per language. The entire line of Modelsim products are soldthrough Model Technology distributors and the Mentor Graphics sales force.
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