Mentor announces Kronos cell characterization and analysis platform
Mar 08, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Mentor Graphics Corp., a provider of electronic hardware and software design solutions, has announced the availability of the Kronos cell characterization and analysis platform.
The Kronos platform produces accurate performance models for standard cells, I/Os, and complex cells within an integrated environment. The Kronos platform generates complete timing/power models and incorporates unique methods for noise immunity and signal integrity to avoid design problems that otherwise might not be detected until failure analysis, the company said.
Kronos Characterizer is a general purpose cell library characterization tool for standard cells, complex cells, IO pad, and custom macros. The Kronos platform features high-performance integration with the Eldo Classic SPICE simulator. Eldo Classic has been extensively optimized for cell characterization.
Kronos Analyzer is a library analysis and verification tool for ensuring high quality libraries whether qualifying libraries from an external supplier or developing library models internally. The tool enables design engineers and library qualification teams to compare and validate complex ASIC cell libraries for design-critical characteristics such as performance, area, and power. Kronos Analyzer can be used with any cell characterization solution for library validation and optimization, the company added.
"Our customers know that sophisticated and robust Standard Cell Library analysis and characterization are of critical importance," said Robert Hum, vice president and general manager, deep submicron division (DSM), Mentor Graphics. "Our SPICE simulator, Eldo, has been optimized for cell characterization and used to drive this type of solution for many years. Now we have the opportunity to deeply integrate Eldo into a best-in-class characterization technology for optimal accuracy and performance."
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