Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) are working together to develop tools and methodologies for use in creating DO-254-certifiable intellectual property (IP) that targets Altera’s field programmable gate array (FPGA) and HardCopy® application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions. In addition, Mentor Graphics will join Altera’s DO-254 Global Partner Network in order to establish design and verification best practices for DO 254-certifiable IP development and integration flows.
Mentor Graphics will leverage its expertise and industry-leading design and verification solutions in the development of DO-254-certifiable IP. The primary tools in Mentor’s DO-254 suite include HDL Designer[tm], Precision® Synthesis, ModelSim®, Questa®, the 0-In® suite of formal verification tools, and a new solution for automating requirements traceability. Mentor also offers DO-254 compliance training, design methodology assessments, and consulting services, including a DO-254 Jumpstart package aimed at establishing advanced verification methodologies for DO-254 designs.
Altera, through its DO-254 Global Partner Network, currently offers a safety-critical version of its Nios® II embedded processor. The certification aspects of this core were developed by HCELL Engineering using Mentor tools.
Altera’s DO-254 Global Partner Network provides a comprehensive environment of DO-254-certifiable IP cores, best practice methodologies, best-in-class tools and in-house DO-254 expertise. The DO-254 Global Partner Network supports the needs of companies developing hardware that requires DO 254 Level A, B, C or D compliance.