SAN MATEO, Calif. Physical library supplier Artisan Components Inc. and EDA tools vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. will announce this week a three-year agreement to partner on IP test solutions.
Artisan president and chief executive officer Mark Templeton said the company will develop libraries with full support for Mentor's Design-for-Test (DFT) tool suites including FastScan, FlexTest and DFTAdvisor.
The end result of the agreement, said Fred Cohen, general manager for the Design-for-Test division of Mentor Graphics (Wilsonville, Ore.), will be libraries that work "seamlessly" with Mentor's test tools, saving mutual customers the time, money and resources required to test libraries.
"Collaboration between companies is critical," said Cohen, "because if users get into a situation where they are not getting the results they anticipated, having a collaboration between the companies assures [that] the customer is not going to get a runaround."
Templeton added, "We are both taking responsibility and making sure our customers are successful." He said Artisan will add to its existing libraries a test view model set supporting Mentor's test tools. "Model sets typically are delivered as a black box and the customer has really no way of debugging a test view, so a large part of our effort with Mentor has been making sure that we deliver it perfectly," said Templeton. "We made sure that we have very exhaustive regression testing to make sure that when we deliver the model set for the library, it is completely clean."
Templeton said this is the first time that Artisan (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has added DFT support to libraries on a large scale. "We have dabbled with offering these types of solutions on very specific customer engagements," said Templeton. "We are now taking a more mass-market approach. In the past the test tools market has been fairly fragmented and without a clear leader. Mentor is emerging as a preferred solution provider so now it makes sense to develop libraries supporting [its] tools."
Initially, said Templeton, Artisan will create libraries with Mentor DFT support for "high-demand" foundry processes and will add similar support for others in the near future.
The libraries will vary in price depending on the engagement, and in some instances they will be offered at no additional cost, Templeton said.