Mentor’s analog/mixed-signal toolset supporting 64-bit Linux

SAN FRANCISCO — Mentor Graphics Corp. said Thursday (Sept. 1) that its entire line of Eldo and ADVance MS analog and mixed-signal products has been certified for operation on Opteron and EM64T processor architectures using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (64-bit) platform.

“Linux on X86-64 hardware is proving to be a great performance platform for our products,” said Jue-Hsien Chern, vice president and general manager of Mentor's Deep Submicron Division, in a statement.

Mentor's analog/mixed-signal products and custom IC design tools join Mentor's design-for-test (DFT) tools, ModelSim and the Calibre design-to-silicon platform in offering 64-bit capability, something that is expected to become more important as engineers begin to design at 65-nanometer and below, populating each chip with millions of gates.

Eldo is a simulator that offers multiple simulation and modeling options. Eldo RF extends the Eldo transistor-level simulator to accommodate RF IC designs. ADVance MS is a language-neutral, mixed-signal simulator designed to enable top-down design and bottom-up verification of multi-million gate analog/mixed-signal system-on-chip (SoC) designs. ADVance MS RF provides capability for mixed-signal simulation.

Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.) said its products are also available on Novell Linux SLES 9, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 for Xeon-64 and Opteron platforms.

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