Achronix Semiconductor Corporation (Achronix) has signed a multi-year agreement with Mentor Graphics Corporation (Mentor Graphics). The agreement provides Mentor Graphics' Precision Synthesis software support for the Achronix's field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The agreement includes the Speedster family of 1.5 GHz devices and also future devices. The suite helps designers build the FPGAs quickly and efficiently to get to market faster than competitors.

The support extends the original 2006 agreement in which Mentor Graphics optimized Precision Synthesis support for the company’s FPGA devices, and Achronix integrated the tool set to offer a complete design suite that includes Precision Synthesis.

“We worked closely with the team at Achronix to ensure fully optimized support for Speedster,” said Daniel Platzker, FPGA synthesis product line director, Mentor Graphics design creation and synthesis division. “For many years we have been committed to supporting leading FPGA vendors with advanced synthesis tools. The performance of Achronix devices and their ease-of-use philosophy were compelling reasons to partner with them.”

“The integration of Precision’s advanced capabilities into our tool suite demonstrates our commitment to put disruptive technology into systems designers’ hands while maintaining a familiar design environment,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, Achronix’s vice president of marketing. “We sought out best-in-class partners to complement our familiar silicon and Mentor will be an integral part of our success.”