PARIS European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV said the company' Home Entertainment and Display group (HED) is using the Veloce emulation platform from Mentor Graphics Corp. for the system-level validation of its next generation of digital SoC for High Definition (HD) set-top-box applications.
STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) said it has selected Mentor's Veloce emulator for its high performance, state-of-the-art Testbench XPress (TBX) transaction-based environment, and the portfolio of iSolve vertical market solutions for the validation of digital standards associated with HDTV and STB.
In a statement, Thierry Bauchon, R&D Director, HED, STMicroelectronics, declared: "iSolve solutions have helped us anticipate and perform significant advances in the validation of our digital set-top-box chips with its associated software, bringing forward considerably more of the system-level validation of our designs during the pre-silicon phase."
He added: "In particular, during the software validation process, we could boot the full system using a real Ethernet connection, and decode video frames that we then transmitted over HDMI and analyzed to ensure compliance with the standard, allowing us to better meet our goals and achieve robust system validation."
The Veloce product line supports the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) and Assertion-based Verification (ABV).