Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) Gains New Members

Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) today announced six new members: Bluespec, Digital Dynamics Corporation (Digimics), DMP (Digital Media Professionals) Inc., Georgia Institute of Technology, Sci-worx, and TrustIC. The breadth of technologies represented by the new members illustrates the combined industry-wide acceptance and adoption of the OCP standard.

Bluespec, Inc. provides advanced Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions for the design of complex semiconductor chips. Bluespec’s Electronic System Level (ESL) Synthesis toolsets for control logic and complex datapaths significantly accelerate hardware design & modeling and substantially reduce verification costs.

Digital Dynamics Corporation is an EDA/ESL company focusing on creation of utility tools and services for electronic design. The advent of ESL and role of SystemC in this technology has provided a new direction in presenting tools and services based on this standard and other HDL’s.

At the front end of all Digital Dynamic Corporation’s tools is ROSTA (Reconfigurable Open System Tools and Applications). This uniform integrated environment provides a unique convenient platform for invocation and utilization of the Company’s ESL tools. Tools include SystemC to VHDL/Verilog translator, VHDL/Verilog to SystemC translator, testbench generators (with SystemC features), waveform editors, and other EDA/ESL design utilities.

DMP (Digital Media Professionals) Inc. develops sophisticated technology for modeling various computer graphics algorithms that can subsequently be installed as hardware in advanced graphics solutions. DMP MAESTRO-2G technology is contributing to the ability to create drawings with even higher resolutions by reducing the contents and memory bandwidth sizes, and cutting down energy consumption at the system level.

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the top U.S. research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech’s campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where almost 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education.

The Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs, consistently ranking among U.S. News & World Report’s top ten public universities in the United States.

Georgia Tech, specifically the Center for Research on Embedded Systems and Technology (CREST), has joined the OCP-IP University Community. As a member of this community, CREST, a research center based in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive free software tools, technical support and training that is packaged and ready for incorporation into a course or immediate independent use by students. Materials are ideal for undergraduate training and helping faculty augment graduate programs and classes in embedded systems. By providing numerous free benefits, this low-cost program avoids the budget constraints experienced by universities.

Sci-worx (formerly: Sican) was founded in 1990 as a microelectronics service provider and is Europe’s leading independent IP and Design Service provider. In addition to its headquarters in Hannover, sci-worx has branches in Braunschweig and Hamburg.

With 200 employees, sci-worx is one of the world’s leading technology licensing and design companies specializing in communications, multimedia and networking applications. Sci-worx combines state-of-the-art design methodology with highly optimized core technology to provide its customers with premier design solutions. DesignObjects, sci-worx’s synthesizable ASIC cores, reduce time-to-market and risk for new IC products and applications by offering off-the-shelf solutions that can easily be integrated into larger designs. Sci-worx’s core verification program ensures high quality and performance of all DesignObjects. DesignObjects is complemented by a comprehensive suite of design services including analog and digital ASIC design, system integration and software development.

TrustIC was founded in June 2005 by a team of ASIC front-end consultants. The team is a group of very experienced and talented digital design engineers with a long and very valuable record of achievements in helping organizations achieve competitive advantages by focusing on time-to-market, effectiveness and design quality. ??The TrustIC team has built its experience working with several wireless network platforms like OMAP from Texas Instruments. Working on such platforms exposed the Company’s engineers to cutting edge design & verification technology and tools. TrustIC’s engineers are experts in SoC interconnect, power management and image processing. Utilizing OCP allows TrustIC to shorten design time and bring products to market more quickly.

OCP-IP members receive free training and support, software tools, and documentation, enabling them to focus on the challenges of SoC design. Leveraging OCP-IP’s infrastructure eliminates the need to internally design, document, train and evolve a proprietary standard and support tools, freeing up critical resources for the real design work and providing enormous cost savings.

“This new group of members represents a diverse set of product offerings, and prestigious university programs, and further highlights the broad OCP acceptance and adoption across many markets,” said Ian Mackintosh, president OCP-IP. “We are very proud to announce and welcome all of our new members, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

About OCP-IP
The OCP International Partnership Association, Inc. (OCP-IP), formed in 2001, promotes and supports the Open Core Protocol (OCP) as the complete socket standard ensuring rapid creation and integration of interoperable virtual components. OCP-IP’s Governing Steering Committee participants include: Nokia [NYSE:NOK], Texas Instruments [NYSE:TXN], Toshiba Semiconductor Group (including Toshiba America TAEC), and Sonics. OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation delivering the first fully supported, openly licensed, core-centric protocol comprehensively fulfilling system-level integration requirements. The OCP facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time, risk, and manufacturing costs for SoC designs. VSIA endorses the OCP socket, and OCP-IP is affiliated with VSIA.