CoWare Processor Designer Enables OKI to Design Differentiated SoCs

CoWare(R), Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced that Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan has selected CoWare Processor Designer for its custom processor design development. OKI selected CoWare Processor Designer because it will be instrumental in enabling OKI to differentiate its SoC designs in the marketplace. Prior to this, the company has used commercial, general-purpose digital signal processors (DSPs), but the hardware costs in terms of area and power consumption have become too high. OKI was already using CoWare products and was impressed by the technology roadmap for Processor Designer as well as the full solution that CoWare is now offering for platform-driven ESL hardware and software development.

“CoWare Processor Designer enables us to quickly create our own custom DSP designs with its software development tools, RTL, C-compiler, and instruction set simulator generated from a single, high-level specification,” said Kazuhiko Maki, general manager, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. “This is very efficient for us as we can add the custom DSP model to the hardware platform created by CoWare Platform Architect and CoWare Model Designer. This saves processor hardware design time and software tool development time. And, the CoWare KK development team provides excellent support for us.”

“Our platform-driven ESL design solution enables us to provide our customers with the broadest system design solution in the market,” said A.K. Kalekos, vice-president marketing and business development, CoWare. “OKI had an immediate need for a robust custom processor design tool and CoWare Processor Designer delivers that capability. But, more significantly, OKI and other systems and semiconductor companies are looking for a vendor that can provide for their future design needs, as well. CoWare is the only company with a complete platform-based ESL design solution for hardware architecture exploration and device software development.”

About CoWare
CoWare is the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services. CoWare offers a comprehensive set of ESL tools that enable electronics companies to “differentiate by design” through the creation of system IP including embedded processors, on-chip buses, and DSP algorithms; the architecture of optimized SoC platforms; hardware/software co-design; and virtual platforms for device software development. The company’s solutions are based on open industry standards including SystemC. CoWare’s customers are major systems, semiconductor, and IP companies in the market where consumer electronics, computing, and communications converge. CoWare’s corporate investors include ARM [(LSE: ARM); (NASDAQ: ARMHY)], Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE). CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world.

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