ESL/SystemC

June 4, 2012

ESL: are we there yet?

Verification drives system-level adoption as sales leap 76%. Virtual prototyping is also on the rise but there are gaps in the tool-set.
June 4, 2012

DAC 2012: The platforms are taking over

At last year’s DAC, leading EDA analyst Gary Smith said chip design had run into a big problem: it was already too expensive to be worthwhile for most companies. Soon afterwards, three companies rang to tell him that the figures were too pessimistic: it was not costing in the region of $75m but perhaps just […]

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May 29, 2012

DAC 2012: Calypto brings tools together for high-level power savings

Calypto has combined the Catapult high-level synthesis (HLS) tool with elements of its PowerPro software to focus on the demand for lower-power SoC designs.
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May 29, 2012

DAC 2012: OCP-IP moves to further ease reuse

The partnership's 3.1 specification is open for review, with performance enhancements and alignment to Accellera's IP-XACT for metadata
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March 16, 2012

DATE notebook: Help for heat-sensitive chips

Until the software is ready, it's often hard to tell when two neighbouring units on an SoC could combine to push the package past its maximum thermal point. Docea Power aims to help.
February 9, 2012

New SystemC reference simulator open for public comment

A reference simulator for the latest version of SystemC is now available for public review and comment, writes Accellera's Dennis Brophy.
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October 18, 2011

One week to ARM TechCon

ARM’s annual west coast technical conference opens next Tuesday (October 25) and they’ve made some useful tweaks to how the three-day program will be presented. The first day is dedicated to chip design, while Wednesday and Thursday concentrate on software and systems, as well as modules and boards. For me, with ARM, the focus always […]

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August 26, 2011

Calypto acquires Catapult C Synthesis

Just up on the wire services. Here’s the full press release. More on this major story later. Santa Clara, CA, Aug 26. Calypto Design Systems today announced it has acquired Catapult C Synthesis from Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT). The merger of two market-leading electronic system level (ESL) products, Catapult C Synthesis and Calypto SLEC […]

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June 9, 2011

DAC DAY THREE: The need to go beyond ESL

Gadi Singer, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager, SOC Enabling Group for Intel, provided an excellent keynote on Wednesday at DAC (June 8th) that didn’t so much set out his company’s shopping list as its strategy for the context of tool and methodology development. We’ll take a closer look at many […]

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June 7, 2011

DAC DAY TWO: A high level view of ESL

One of the great conundrums in EDA is the rate of adoption of ESL technologies. Everybody knows why more abstraction is needed. It reflects the needs for simultaneous hardware/software co-design, faster time-to-market, a greater mastery of complexity and speedier verification. To name but four. But while it is happening, the process is arguably proving much […]

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