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News Release from: Mentor Graphics UK | Subject: Inventra IPX
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 30 August 2001

Soft IP puts key functions on PLDs

Mentor Graphics has released the Inventra IPX suite of IP soft cores

Accessed directly through the Mentor Graphics LeonardoSpectrum synthesis tool as a 'plug-in' product option, Inventra IPX provides programmable logic designers direct, affordable access to a collection of proven IP cores, simplifying the IP selection, optimisation and integration processes that have previously been barriers to rapid field-programmable SoC design.

The first release of Inventra IPX supports the Altera encrypted IP flow which enables a protected IP flow between Mentor's LeonardoSpectrum synthesis tool and Altera's Quartus II development software for optimised place and route.

Inventra IPX contains tool-specific representations of Inventra IP, encrypted VHDL and Verilog RTL and compiled simulation models, for use in simulation, synthesis and place-and-route with the ModelSim, LeonardoSpectrum, and Quartus II software.

During the synthesis phase, LeonardoSpectrum optimises an encrypted Inventra IPX core with a single command.

The resulting netlist is then imported automatically into Quartus II software for placement into the programmable logic device design.

This streamlined solution saves designers valuable time and effort, which can be applied to developing features to differentiate their products in the competitive computing, consumer and communications markets.

Fabrication process improvements down to 0.13-micron have enabled high-frequency, multi-million gate FPSoC devices to become a mainstay in design.

The resource demands and time-to-market pressures placed on designers are eased by using third-party IP for standard functions.

The Mentor Graphics IPX cores are designed to preserve the time-to-market benefits of these programmable devices as they increase in complexity.

Inventra IPX is now available on an annual subscription basis for $5500 per seat and is packaged with a set of twelve Inventra cores.

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