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Software | November 02, 2007

Mentor Graphics Releases Serial ATA PHY Intellectual Property for SMIC 130 nm

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the immediate availability of a Serial ATA (SATA) PHY Intellectual Property (IP) core for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation’s (SMIC) 130nm Generic (G) process.
The IP core significantly accelerates development of SATA storage solutions while minimizing power and design footprint.

The Mentor MSATA PHY S130A IP core comes fully integrated with Mentor’s SATA controllers, targeting both Host and Device applications running at either 1.5Gbps or 3.0Gbps speeds. The MSATA PHY S130A core, along with Mentor’s other SATA PHY offerings, deliver industry-leading attributes: (1) analog circuitry residing in the I/O ring, resulting in one of the smallest footprints at <3mm², up to five times smaller than other available solutions; and (2) low power optimization, with less than 75mW per lane including the termination power - almost 50% lower than other competitive offerings.

“By continuously expanding our line-up of SATA PHYs verified along with Mentor’s SATA controller IP, we offer chip architects proven, single-vendor solutions, for reliable integration into storage applications,” said Bill Martin, general manager for the Intellectual Property BU of Mentor Graphics. “Consistent with our strategy of becoming a market-leading IP Subsystem provider, we are executing roadmaps toward a complete SATA IP Subsystem across multiple processes.”

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