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Encyclopedia > Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics
Mentor Logo
Type Public
Founded 1981
Headquarters Wilsonville, Oregon,
United States Flag of United States
Industry EDA, Embedded Software
Products Nucleus RTOS, EDGE Development Tools
Revenue $791.58 million USD (2006)[1]
Net income $27.20 million USD (2006)[2]
Website mentor.com

Mentor Graphics, Inc (NASDAQ: MENT) is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create. The company, founded in 1981, is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, and employs 4,000 people worldwide. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A public company usually refers to a company which is permitted to offer its securities (stock, bonds, etc. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Motto: Serving The Community With Pride Location in Oregon Coordinates: County Clackamas County Incorporated 1969 Government  - Mayor Charlotte Lehan Area  - City 17. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... PCB Layout Program Electronic design automation (EDA) is the category of tools for designing and producing electronic systems ranging from printed circuit boards (PCBs) to integrated circuits. ... An embedded system is a special-purpose computer system, which is completely encapsulated by the device it controls. ... Nucleus RTOS is a real-time operating system (RTOS) and full featured toolset created by Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics for various CPU platforms. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Net income is equal to the income that a firm has after subtracting costs and expenses from the total revenue. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A website (alternatively, Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP, a... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Corporate redirects here. ... PCB Layout Program Electronic design automation (EDA) is the category of tools for designing and producing electronic systems ranging from printed circuit boards (PCBs) to integrated circuits. ... Electrical Engineers design power systems… … and complex electronic circuits. ... Electronics is the study of the flow of charge through various materials and devices such as, semiconductors, resistors, inductors, capacitors, nano-structures, and vacuum tubes. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Serving The Community With Pride Location in Oregon Coordinates: County Clackamas County Incorporated 1969 Government  - Mayor Charlotte Lehan Area  - City 17. ...

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History

In 1981, the idea of computer-aided design for electronics as the foundation of a company occurred to several groups - those who founded Mentor, Valid Logic Systems, and Daisy Systems. One of the main distinctions between these groups was that the founding engineers of Mentor, whose backgrounds were in software development at Tektronix, ruled out designing and manufacturing proprietary computers to run their software applications. They felt that hardware was going to become a commodity owned by big computer companies, so instead they would select an existing computer system as the hardware platform for the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) programs they would build. “CAD” redirects here. ... Valid Logic Systems was one of the first commercial EDA Electronic design automation companies. ... Daisy Systems Corporation incorporated in 1981 in Mountain View, California, was a Computer-aided engineering company, a pioneer in the Electronic design automation (EDA) industry. ... Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... Tektronix is a United States corporation that is currently a major presence in the test, measurement, and measuring industry. ... Hardware is the general term that is used to describe physical artifacts of a technology. ... Computer-aided Engineering (often referred to as CAE) is a broad term describing the use of computer technology to aid in the design, manufacture, handling, or transport of goods. ...


By February 1981, most of start-up team had been identified; by May the business plan was complete. The first round of money, $1 million, came from Sutter Hill, Greylock, and Venrock Associates. The next round was $2 million from five venture capital firms, and in April 1983 a third round raised $7 million more. Mentor Graphics was one of the first companies to attract venture capital to Oregon.


Apollo Computers were chosen as the hardware. Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Apollo was less than a year old and had only announced itself to the public a few weeks before the founders of Mentor Graphics began their initial meetings. Apollo Computer, Inc. ...


When Mentor entered the CAE market the company had two technical differentiators. The first was the software - Mentor, Valid, and Daisy each had software with different strengths and weaknesses. The second was the hardware - Mentor ran all programs on the Apollo workstation, while Daisy and Valid each built their own hardware for schematic capture, but ran simulation and other programs on larger computers such as the MicroVax.


After a frenzied development, the IDEA 1000 product was introduced at the 1982 Design Automation Conference, though in a suite and not on the floor. The Design Automation Conference, or DAC is a combination of a technical conference and a trade show, both specializing in electronic design automation. ...


Products

The company distributes the following tools.

  • Electronic design automation for
  • Embedded systems Development
    • Real-Time Operating Systems
      • Nucleus RTOS (acquired in 2002 when Mentor acquired Accelerated Technology, Inc.)
      • VRTX (acquired in 1995 when Mentor bought Microtec Research.)
    • Development Tools:
      • EDGE Developer Suite - Embedded development tools IDE (compilers, debugger, profiler, project manager)
      • EDGE SimTest - Virtual Prototyping, simulation and testing for embedded solutions
      • Next Device Engine (NDE) - Next Device was acquired by Mentor in 2006.
      • xtUML Design Tools: BridgePoint (acquired in a 2004 when Mentor acquired Project Technology.)
    • VPN Solutions
      • Nucleus Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) software
      • Nucleus NET networking stack
      • Nucleus implementation of the Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption (MPPE) protocol
      • Nucleus PPP software
  • Cabling and Harness design
  • Simulation tools for analog mixed-signal design
    • QuestaSim is an Advanced Verification platform supporting testbench automation, assertions and functional coverage
    • ModelSim is a popular hardware simulation and debug environment
    • Eldo is a high performance SPICE simulator
    • ADiT is a fast SPICE simulator
    • ADVance MS is a mixed-signal verification tool
  • Falcon Framework a software application framework for Apollo/Domain and Unix
    • AMPLE a scripting language for the Falcon Framework

Mentor has software development sites located around the world but the majority of their developers are located in the United States. PCB Layout Program Electronic design automation (EDA) is the category of tools for designing and producing electronic systems ranging from printed circuit boards (PCBs) to integrated circuits. ... Integrated circuit of Atmel Diopsis 740 System on Chip showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery Microchips with a transparent window, showing the integrated circuit inside. ... A field-programmable gate array or FPGA is a gate array that can be reprogrammed after it is manufactured, rather than having its programming fixed during the manufacturing — a programmable logic device. ... What is an Embedded System? Electronic devices that incorporate a computer(usually a microprocessor) within their implementation. ... A schematic of the Washington Metro. ... The circuit diagram for a 4 bit TTL counter, a type of state machine A circuit diagram (also known as an electrical diagram, elementary diagram, or electronic schematic) is a simplified conventional pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. ... Layout, in publishing, is the process of arranging editorial content, advertising, graphics and other information in a manner that creates an effective presentation. ... Part of a 1983 Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer board. ... In electronic design a semiconductor intellectual property core, IP block, or IP core is a reusable unit of logic, cell, or chip layout design and is also the property of one party. ... What is an Embedded System? Electronic devices that incorporate a computer(usually a microprocessor) within their implementation. ... A real-time operating system (RTOS) is a multitasking operating system intended for real-time applications. ... Nucleus RTOS is a real-time operating system (RTOS) and full featured toolset created by Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics for various CPU platforms. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... RT-11 (for Run Time or Real Time) was a real-time operating system for the DEC PDP-11. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... In the field of software engineering, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a standardized specification language for object modeling. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A cable is two or more wires bound together which may be bare or covered or insulated. ... The term harness has been used for many centuries for part of the collection of equipment known as horse tack, essential in the domestic, military, and agrarian use of horses. ... Look up simulation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Spice (disambiguation). ... The Falcon Framework (or the Falcon Framework for Concurrent Design) was Mentor Graphics second generation software environment. ... In computer programming, an application framework is a term usually used to refer to a set of libraries or classes that are used to implement the standard structure of an application for a specific operating system. ... Apollo/Domain was a range of workstations developed and produced by Apollo Computers, Inc. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... Ample has several technical meanings. ...


James "Jim" Ready, one of the more colorful people in embedded systems, left Mentor in 1999 to form the embedded Linux company MontaVista. Neil Henderson, a pioneer in the royalty-free, source provided market space, joined Mentor Graphics in 2002 with the acquisition of Accelerated Technology Inc. Stephen Mellor, a leader in the UML space and co-originator of the Shlaer-Mellor design methodology, joined Mentor Graphics in 2004 with the acquisition of Project Technology. It has been suggested that Embedded System Design in an FPGA be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system. ... MontaVista Software develops systems software, development tools and Embedded Linux-based software targeting consumer electronics which includes automotive electronics, communications equipment, and television set-top boxes and other connected devices and infrastructure. ... Shlaer-Mellor is an object-oriented analysis (OOA), design and modelling method that addresses the integration of structural and behavioural properties. ...


As of 2007, Mentor's major competitors are Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys and Magma Design Automation. Cadence Design Systems, Inc (Nasdaq: CDN, NYSE: CDN) is an electronic design automation (EDA) software company, founded in 1988 by the merger of SDA Systems and ECAD. As of 2004, Cadence is the worlds largest supplier of electronic design technologies and engineering services. ... Synopsys, Inc. ... Magma Design Automation, Inc (Nasdaq: LAVA) is an electronic design automation (EDA) software company, founded in 1997, located in Santa Clara, California. ...


External links

  • Mentor Graphics
  • Next Device website

References

  1. ^ Mentor Graphics Corp. Retrieved on 2007-06-12.
  2. ^ Mentor Graphics Corp. Retrieved on 2007-06-12.

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