Accellera Systems Initiative has moved to an Apache 2.0 open-source license for all of the supplementary materials for its SystemC library, aiming to streamline the process of making contributions.
“This is a significant milestone for Accellera and the SystemC community,” claimed Shishpal Rawat, Accellera chair. “Having all SystemC supplemental material, such as proof-of-concept and reference implementations, user guides and examples, under the widely used and industry-preferred Apache 2.0 license will make it easier for companies to more readily contribute further improvements to the supplemental material.”
The move avoids the lengthier contribution process needed under the old SystemC Open Source License for supplemental material. Other Accellera supplemental material already available under Apache 2.0 includes the base class library of the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM).
License statements for some SystemC supplemental materials have been updated and are available for download from the Accellera website under Apache 2.0. The rest will follow soon, the group said. Other Accellera standards documents such as Language Reference Manuals (LRM) remain unchanged and are maintained and available under Accellera or IEEE copyright and license agreements.