SAN FRANCISCO—EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. said Wednesday it expanded its Vista ESL platform to accommodate virtual prototyping for early software development.
Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.) also said the Vista ESL platform's integration with Catapult C, sharing common TLM modeling style for virtual prototyping and high-level synthesis (ESL)-based hardware implementation has been strengthened through Mentor's partnership with Calypto Design Systems Inc. Last month, Calypto announced it acquired Mentor's Catapult C synthesis tool.
Mentor said the Vista ESL (electronic system level) platform is the centerpiece of its ESL strategy.
“Mentor has a long track record of leading the quickly growing ESL market, and we plan to continue on this path far into the future,” said Walden Rhines, Mentor's chairman and CEO, in a statement. “Expanding the Vista virtual prototyping capability for early software development—combined with integration between Vista virtual prototyping and Sourcery CodeBench embedded software development tools— is only one of the target areas for growth."
Mentor said the Vista ESL platform’s tight integration with the Catapult C HLS tool results in a complete TLM 2.0-based hardware implementation solution for hardware development, allowing users to share a single and consistent TLM modeling style. The Calypto TLM synthesis flow supports converting abstract TLM models to pin-accurate, protocol-specific, SystemC models, and from there, to synthesized to RTL code, Mentor said.
The synthesized TLMs can be used in the Vista virtual platform for architectural optimization of performance and power and in the Vista virtual prototypes for early software development, Mentor said.