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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the donation of the FloEFD™ Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to over 700 USA high schools in support of the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) contest. Embedded into PTC’s Creo product for 3D mechanical design, the FloEFD product enables these high school teams to efficiently analyze their aircraft wing, tail and fuselage designs for optimized performance. Previous years’ challenges have included the wing design of a 737 aircraft, the design of LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) and the tail assembly of a Cessna corporate jet. This year’s challenge will be the optimization of a commercial UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), also known as a drone, and will require extensive design and CFD optimization to meet aggressive performance specifications and UAV task definition.

Each student team will have access to more than one million dollars’ worth of professional level software—donated by various sponsors—commonly used by aerospace companies in their design of real commercial products. Although a network of industry technical mentors is provided to the teams to help them understand the issues to be considered in the design process, the design approaches and CFD analyses are performed by the students. At the judging events, comprehensive presentations and documentation are presented to a panel of judges at both the state and national levels.

The RWDC was started five years ago with the goal to interest students in the pursuit of engineering careers and specifically in the aerospace industry. In addition to Mentor and PTC, the program has an impressive number of sponsors including NASA, the FAA, the US Department of Transportation, and over 40 commercial companies like Northrop Grumman, SPACEX, Lockheed Martin, Cessna, Pratt & Whitney, etc. The annual competition originates at the state level and then each state winner competes at the national level. To broaden the reach of the program, the cost to compete is free to the teams and expenses to the national competition are completely covered by corporate sponsorship funds.

“Similar to our commercial aerospace users, we want these students to be able to focus on the design and not struggle with how to use the software,” stated Erich Buergel, general manager of the Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. “To this end we have embedded our FloEFD software directly into PTC’s Creo product using a common model and user interface. Design engineers, in addition to CFD specialists, can efficiently and accurately simulate multiple design approaches to quickly arrive at a more competitive, higher performing product.”

The 2013 Real World Design Challenge began on September 12, 2012 at the state level. State winners will then compete at the national level with winners announced April 22, 2013.

For more information visit: www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/products/floefd or www.realworlddesignchallenge.org

Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:05

Mentor Graphics Announces Nucleus Innovate Program

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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced its Mentor® Embedded Nucleus® Innovate Program designed to help businesses with less than $1M in annual revenue kick start their embedded development projects. Qualified companies can accelerate their embedded system development with software provided at no cost, including the Nucleus Real Time Operating System (RTOS), the popular Sourcery™ CodeBench GNU toolchain, and an ARM-based board support package (BSP) supporting Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) Stellaris ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers.

“The Nucleus Innovate Program is another great offering for our customers and a valuable reason why they are making the switch to TI’s Stellaris Cortex-M4F microcontrollers,” said Matt Muse, general manager of Stellaris Cortex-M MCUs, Texas Instruments. “The software package will benefit many small businesses reaching new markets and new customers, and we’re happy Mentor and Stellaris can help them achieve those goals.”

The Nucleus Innovate Program is ideal for applications where small footprint, high-performance, and low power matter. Customers using 32-bit single core or dual core processors, as well as MCUs can use the Nucleus RTOS and Mentor Embedded tool capabilities. Easy-to-use demonstrations and configurations help shorten development time for medical, industrial, automotive and consumer applications—from days to minutes.

“The Nucleus Innovate Program demonstrates our shared commitment with leading semiconductor partners to promote embedded product innovation, particularly within start-ups and other small companies,” stated Scot Morrison, general manager of runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software division. “The advantage to start-up companies is that they can feel confident that their products are being developed with proven tools used by major global companies.”

For more information, visit: go.mentor.com/innovate

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the release of a major new product in the HyperLynx® suite, the market-leading, high-speed analysis product line. The HyperLynx DRC product efficiently performs best practice design rule checking (DRC) on printed circuit board (PCB) layout databases. Driven by customizable rules, the HyperLynx DRC product can be executed by engineers and designers during the PCB layout process to quickly highlight potential high-speed design issues pertaining to signal integrity, power integrity, and electromagnetic interference (EMI), without running detailed, time-consuming analysis. Not only will their designs be of improved quality, but correcting problems earlier in the design process can avoid re-design and shorten time-to-market.

One example: Sony Mobile, based in Lund, Sweden, is faced with very compressed engineering schedules to reach time-to-market windows in the mobile phone market. To ensure design quality, Sony Mobile performs design reviews to identify electrical issues related to signal integrity, EMC, and power integrity prior to building a board; however, these review meetings can be very time consuming. “By using HyperLynx DRC we get a structured approach where all nets are equally checked by the tool. We can then focus the review meeting on the critical nets where the tool finds the violations,” stated Anders Olsson, senior manager, Lund Development–Electronics System Design at Sony Mobile. “Valuable time can thus be spent on problem solving instead of problem finding. This makes us more efficient in our design process, extending our review coverage, and ensures higher design quality for our customers.”

The new HyperLynx DRC product comes with a standard set of coded rules targeted at PCB layout practices that have the potential to cause issues common in high-speed design. These standard rules are parametrically driven so users can customize them to meet specific best practices of their company.

Samples of such issues include the following:

  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI) examples:
    • Traces crossing plane splits, reference plane changes, nets near board edges, coupling to I/O nets
  • Signal integrity (SI) examples:
    • Long interconnects, termination checks, impedance variations, crosstalk coupling
  • Power distribution network examples:
    • Power net width, decoupling cap proximity

Unlike other DRC products currently on the market, the HyperLynx DRC tool is specifically designed to allow customers to create their own best-practice rules using VBScript and/or Javascript. This gives electronics companies the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage by implementing their intellectual property into the design process in an automated fashion.

“Sometimes simulation is not the optimum approach to look for problems, and HyperLynx DRC is targeted exactly for those situations,” stated Dave Kohlmeier, director of analysis products, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. “Our HyperLynx family of products addresses the needs of PCB designers at any stage of development, unmatched by any other toolset on the market today, with the flexibility, ease of use, and immediate, accurate analysis needed for today’s design complexity.”

HyperLynx DRC is interfaced with all major PCB layout tools including Mentor’s Expedition® Enterprise, Board Station® and PADS®, Cadence Allegro and Zuken CR.

Product Availability and Additional Information The HyperLynx DRC product is available now. A webinar on the new HyperLynx DRC technology is being held on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

For more information, visit: www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/circuit-simulation

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced a unique general-purpose software solution that combines 1D and 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This is an industry first, providing a tight coupling of 1D and 3D software technologies engineered to work natively together with integrated source code. This innovative solution is based on 1D Flowmaster®, recently acquired by Mentor Graphics, and 3D FloEFD™ Concurrent CFD. The new combination is the first result from the merged technologies made possible by the recent acquisition of Flowmaster Ltd. This enables customers to further speed up the design process while ensuring accurate upfront systems analysis based on fluid flow and heat transfer data by using 3D simulation at the component level. The result is higher quality, more competitive products to market faster.

Systems engineers commonly use 1D and 3D CFD software in the automotive, aviation, oil, gas, power and energy industries. For designing complex systems, 3D CFD would be extremely accurate but it can be computationally expensive depending on the size of the models used. Therefore, 1D CFD is used, which is faster, but it may require significant amounts of data to characterize the components accurately. To facilitate 1D CFD systems analysis, data is needed to describe the component. Until now, the process to achieve a high level of design accuracy has been tedious and based on assumptions.

“Mentor is delivering a very innovative solution for fluid and thermal system simulation,” noted Dr. Keith Meintjes, practice manager for Simulation and Analysis at CIMdata. “If the system performance is of primary interest, Mentor’s 1D-3D combination is a superior solution.”

This tightly coupled, general purpose 1D-3D CFD simulation software combination can characterize the more complex components of the system in 3D and insert those component characteristics into the 1D system-level models for simulation. This provides higher accuracy for the components while minimizing the computational resources and execution times at the system level. Consistent with the Mentor® strategy of virtual prototyping analysis early and throughout the design process, this technology breakthrough now enables systems engineers to examine more variables across a wider range of design scenarios to quickly achieve optimal system and component design.

Mentor Graphics announced acquisition of Flowmaster Ltd. in January 2012, the industry’s leading general purpose 1D systems simulation software used for all industry sectors. “Mentor’s investment in leading technologies such as the Flowmaster 1D family of products has allowed us to further advance our strategy of putting upfront analysis into the hands of the systems engineer,” stated Erich Buergel, general manager of the Mentor Graphics® Mechanical Analysis Division. “With the escalating complexity of systems designs and shorter time-to-market windows, more effective and timely solutions are needed. We see this as an important fulfillment of that market need.”

The Mentor Graphics 1D-3D product line will be available for shipping the second half of the year.

For more information, visit: www.mentor.com/products/mechanical

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the availability of its FloEFD™ v11.3 Concurrent Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, the industry’s fully embedded solution for PTC’s Creo Parametric, Creo Elements/Pro, and Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire® design software. Unlike other CFD software, Mentor Graphics® FloEFD for Creo works directly with native PTC product geometry to keep pace with ongoing design changes. Since designers are using the same geometry and a common user interface for CAD and analysis, FloEFD for Creo allows users to maintain a single set of data across the entire project design flow.

A key benefit in using Mentor Graphics FloEFD for Creo is “Concurrent CFD,” which can reduce simulation time by as much as 65 to 75 percent in comparison to traditional CFD tools. Concurrent CFD enables users to optimize product performance and reliability while reducing physical prototyping and development costs without time or material penalties.

PTC customers using FloEFD for Creo will realize a wide range of physical simulation capabilities for fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, including a special module for electronics cooling applications with extensive property libraries.

“As a ‘Platinum’ member of the PTC PartnerAdvantage™ Program, Mentor’s Mechanical Analysis Division provides advanced CFD products that are seamlessly integrated with our products,” stated Brian Thompson, vice president of MCAD Product Management from PTC.  “Mentor’s full support of FloEFD for Creo will help our customers eliminate design errors, reduce costs, and optimize designs involving heat transfer and fluid flow before physical prototypes.”

The FloEFD for Creo product is available and designers can download a free CFD software version at: www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/products/floefd/floefd-creo-trial-eval

Mentor Graphics Corporation, (NASDAQ: MENT), the worldwide market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design-through-manufacturing software, today announced the latest release of the PADS® product suite, the world’s most widely used desktop PCB design solution. These additional features in the release add significant value to electronics companies as they strive to deliver the most competitive, high-performance products to market faster.

Key new features include the ability to associate nets necessary for DDRx interconnect design. Multiple nets can now be “grouped” and given unique high-speed constraints including length and differential pair rules. Associated nets adhere to these rules during interactive and automatic routing assuring that tight, high-speed performance specifications are met. Another feature allows a trace to “hug” an existing obstacle like another trace or board outline. This feature will reduce routing time and more effectively use board space. Drafting operations have also been enhanced with new 2D line styles and snap capabilities.  

“The new associated nets functionality in PADS 9.4 reduces design time,” stated Johnnie Howman, director at Icarus Design. “I can now easily define the high-speed associated nets, assign constraints, and be assured that they will be routed to those rules.”

The PADS 9.4 software is a significantly enhanced, next-generation PADS release which adds unique DFM analysis functionality to the PCB design space, giving the designer the ability to perform over 100 fabrication and assembly checks in PADS Layout. This analysis is based on the Valor® technology, the industry leader in fabrication and assembly DFM analysis. Complimenting ODB++ intelligent data transfer from design into manufacturing, the new ODB++ viewer provides the ability to overlay and compare traditional CAM documents, such as Gerber files for PCB design-through-manufacturing data integrity. Detecting and correcting manufacturing issues early in the design process helps decrease overall time to market by reducing design/manufacturing re-spins. With the scalable PADS 9.4 flow, engineers and designers can cost-effectively design the industry’s most complex, highest performance, and densest PCBs.

“The PADS 9.4 release provides our desktop customers with the critical technologies required for today’s complex PCB designs,” stated Mike Griesbach, PADS product director at Mentor Graphics. “Our completely integrated and scalable PADS 9.4 flow addresses high-speed, thermal, manufacturing prep, signal and power integrity, FPGA to PCB optimizations, and much more.”

PADS, Mentor Graphics’ worldwide leading desktop PCB design solution, enables individuals and design teams to develop PCBs within a highly-productive and easy-to-use environment. Integrated and scalable, PADS allows individual engineers and designers to accomplish a wide breadth and depth of core PCB development tasks, including schematic entry, analog design, signal and power integrity, thermal analysis, and PCB layout-to-manufacturing preparation.

For more information, visit: www.mentor.com/pads

Monday, 09 January 2012 09:50

Mentor Graphics Acquires the Flowmaster Group

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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), today announced that it has acquired the Flowmaster Group, a global leader in 1D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation software for system design. 1D CFD solutions allow for very rapid engineering design of complex fluid flow network systems like water-cooled electronic racks, automotive vehicle thermal management, and aerospace fuel systems. This acquisition consolidates the position of Mentor Graphics as the first EDA company to move into the adjacent Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) mechanical analysis space.

The Flowmaster Group is a Dutch owned, UK-based international organization with over twenty years experience providing industry-leading, thermo-fluid systems simulation software to the aerospace, automotive, marine, oil and gas, power generation, process, rail and water industries. Flowmaster software is used by a wide range of engineering professionals to improve complex internal fluid systems from conceptual idea to finalized design. Flowmaster provides users with greater systems insight and foresight upfront of system development cycles significantly reducing the overall timescales involved.

The acquisition of Flowmaster complements the acquisition of Flomerics Limited by Mentor Graphics in 2008, the leading player in the general purpose, 3D multi-CAD embedded CFD and 3D electronics cooling thermal analysis sectors, and broadens the Mentor Graphics portfolio in the CFD space. The combination of the CFD software products and services from Mentor Graphics and Flowmaster, both targeted at engineers, designers and analysts, is expected to provide the most comprehensive set of upfront and concurrent CFD design tools available in the market today. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We are very excited about the technical expertise and industry leading solutions that Flowmaster adds to our mechanical analysis simulation capabilities," said Erich Buergel, general Manager, Mechanical Analysis Division, Mentor Graphics. "Both companies have world-class products in their respective sectors, a loyal set of customers and employees, and share a passion for pioneering fast design tools for engineers. This unique combination of solutions will allow us to meet the reliability, cost efficiencies, and time-to-market pressures of our respective user bases throughout the world, enhancing the quest for real-time engineering design solutions for a wide range of industries. We are impressed by the strong customer base and the existing relationships. We recognize the importance of a strong stable foundation which will be the platform for future innovations.”

"The acquisition by Mentor Graphics brings together two companies with market-leading pedigrees and a shared vision for design tools to provide the unique goal of real-time, 1D-3D CFD solutions and decision making,” said Alan Berry, CEO of the Flowmaster Group. "Our two R&D teams and complementary industry strengths will accelerate our ability to deliver innovative simulation software technologies to our customers, thereby enhancing their product design and as a result their competitive advantage."

Flowmaster Group is an international organization with over twenty years experience providing industry leading fluid systems simulation software to the aerospace, automotive, marine, oil and gas, power generation, process, rail and water industries. With its headquarters in the United Kingdom, the Flowmaster Group has offices in the USA, Germany and India. Flowmaster system simulation software enables design engineers and analysts to understand the complex internal flow and thermal effects within fluid systems at the concept stage and throughout the development process. Flowmaster provides users with a greater understanding of fluid systems much earlier, increasing quality and performance whilst shortening the development cycle. Flowmaster Ltd is certified to BS-EN-ISO 9001:2000 & TickIT.

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

For more information, visit: www.mentor.com or www.flowmaster.com

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that it has received the 2011 Design News Golden Mousetrap Award for Best Product in the Design Tools Category for its FloTHERM® 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The FloTHERM 9 product features an industry-first, patent-pending technology for Bottleneck (Bn) and Shortcut (Sc) fields that identifies where heat flow congestion occurs in the electronic design and why, and identifies optimum thermal shortcuts to efficiently resolve the design problem.

“The products highlighted in this year's Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists clearly demonstrate both cutting-edge design ideas and the practical evolution of technologies for systems and product design engineers,” stated David Greenfield, editorial director of Design News Magazine. “Design News congratulates all the engineers and their companies who have been recognized with the Golden Mousetrap Award, and we are grateful for their contribution to this year's competition.”

For more than two decades, the Design News Awards Program has recognized engineering innovation and creativity in product design. This year, Golden Mousetrap awards were given in four major categories: Electronics & Test, Automation & Control, Design Tools: Hardware & Software, and Materials & Assembly. Managing Editor Jennifer Campbell gathered a record number of entries, distributing them to their beat editors for judging. Based on their expertise in each technology area, 18 winners and 95 finalists were selected. Mentor Graphics® also received a Golden Mousetrap Award in 2010 for its innovative FloEFD™ concurrent CFD software that provides rapid virtual prototyping.

The industry-leading FloTHERM software reduces thermal verification by 33% and reduces PCB design re-spins by 500% compared to other solutions, according to a survey conducted by the Aberdeen Group (Maintaining Design Integrity through the PCB Process, 2007). The new Bn and Sc capabilities revolutionize the way designers solve their heat management challenges. When used in conjunction with the FloTHERM classic thermal analysis, designers will be guided with intelligent suggestions based on the Bn and Sc fields instead of experimenting with trial and error solutions.

“We are honored to receive our second consecutive Design News Golden Mousetrap Award now for our patent-pending Bn and Sc technology in our FloTHERM software,” stated Erich Buergel, general manager of Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. “This innovative technology has helped reduce our customers’ development costs while improving product quality in shorter timeframes.”

For more information on the Mentor Graphics FloTHERM 9 technology and other products from Mentor’s mechanical analysis division, visit: www.mentor.com/mechanical

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), a leader in high-performance system verification solutions, today announced that Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has further expanded its use of the Veloce® hardware emulation platform for the system-level validation of its next-generation Networking Systems-on-Chip (SoC) for High-Bandwidth switch applications.

“We continuously evaluate design verification methods to enable delivery of the highest quality product to our customers in the shortest possible time,” said Neil Kim, executive vice president, Operations and Central Engineering, Broadcom Corporation. “After a rigorous on-site evaluation, we concluded the Veloce platform’s combined strength to perform in-circuit emulation and transaction-based acceleration empowers us to achieve robust system validation.”

The Veloce platform with dual mode accelerator and emulator provides high performance for both transaction-based verification and traditional in-circuit emulation (ICE). With an extensive portfolio of both physical and virtual vertical market solutions, the Veloce platform is the platform of choice for multimedia, networking, wireless, and embedded systems applications.

“Broadcom challenged us to improve their functional verification effectiveness,” said Eric Selosse, Mentor Emulation Division vice president and general manager. “Their inspiration drove us to develop new iSolve™ networking solutions for in-circuit emulation. We also partnered with their protocol test vendor to engineer virtual networking traffic generation, leveraging our Testbench Xpress transaction-based acceleration technology. We look forward to continued collaboration with Broadcom to advance the state-of-the-art in design verification of Networking switch solutions.”

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics and Veloce are registered trademarks and iSolve is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company and/or product names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owner.)

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