IMHO, Mentor is predominently focused on provinding EDA tools that are used by large semiconductor companies to develop semiconductor devices whereas HAUP offers products viz., adapter boards and other solutions for end customers to interface video content from a Camera/TV etc. with a PC, Laptop etc.
thanks consultni, there is a content distribution and gui interface that Ment develops and seems to me it is similar in functionality to the hardware solution Haup offers to consumers. I wanted to know if this makes them competitors or potential partners?
Yes, you seem to be right in suggesting that. But that offering by Mentor is a miniscule portion of their Embedded solutions business wherein it offers a complete RTOS platform - Nucleus, mainly for mobile applications. This overlap amy not be very significant for a strategic alliance of any sort between two companies.
Per HAUP profile - "HAUP ...engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of analog and digital television (TV) tuner products for the personal computer (PC) market. The companys analog, digital, and other types of TV tuners allow PC users to watch television on a PC screen in a resizable window; enable the recording of TV shows to a PCs hard disk; digital video editing; video conferencing; and the display of digital media stored on a computer to a TV set via a home network."
MENT's recent announcement regarding the release of the verification platform for 3D TV is part of their hardware emulation business - a significantly growing business for MENT. The solution seems to be targeted at IC developers and systems developers in the 3D TV market. It would enable them to verify their design much faster and before going into manufacturing, potentially being able to speed up development (Time to Market) and avoid any costly errors in the design.
So I believe the answer to your question is that HAUP could be a customer of MENT, and HAUP would use MENT solutions to develop their end products.