Sonics, Denali Address Memory Bandwidth Optimization

Sonics Inc., a premier supplier of system-on-chip (SoC) SMART Interconnect solutions, and Denali Software, Inc, a leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property (IP) for system-on-chip (SoC) design and verification, announced a collaborative effort to address memory bandwidth optimization through the pairing of Sonics SMART Interconnect solutions and Denali Databahn DDR memory controllers. Companies using both Sonics SMART Interconnect solutions and Denali’s Databahn are now able to quickly and efficiently deploy memory subsystems and on-chip interconnects to deliver optimal memory bandwidth utilization for multi-core SoC designs.

“The trend toward multi-core designs adds significant complexity to the memory subsystem and interconnect design for today’s SoCs,” said Drew Wingard, chief technology officer, Sonics, Inc. “The SoC designer must ensure that all the processing and input/output elements in the system are served with the required levels of memory bandwidth with acceptable latency while ensuring high efficiency access to external DRAM. By teaming with Denali, we’ve ensured the on-chip interconnect and memory controller IP interoperate so that our mutual customers can offload much of the time and risk associated with developing these memory subsystems.”

This collaboration addresses the problems associated with increasing external memory bandwidth requirements and a transition from single processor architectures to multicore architectures. As new SoC designs continue to absorb more system functionality, the need for intelligent management of memory resources become even more critical.

“Developers of consumer electronics are challenged to design complex, multi-core SoCs,” said Brian Gardner, vice president of IP products at Denali. “These customers need configurable, proven solutions that can be rapidly deployed for memory subsystems and SoC interconnects. With Sonics, we are able to combine the two best-in-class solutions and meet these demanding needs.”

About Sonics
Sonics Inc. is a premier supplier of SMART Interconnect solutions that deliver high SoC design predictability and increased design efficiency. Major semiconductor and systems companies including Broadcom, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Toshiba have applied Sonics’ SMART Interconnect solutions in leading products in the wireless, digital multimedia and communications markets. Sonics is a privately-held company funded by Cadence Design Systems, Toshiba Corporation, Samsung Ventures and venture capital firms Investar Capital, Smart Technology Ventures, TL Ventures, Easton Hunt Capital, JAFCO Ventures, and H&Q Asia-Pacific.

About Denali
Denali Software, Inc. is a world-leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property (IP) for system-on-chip (SoC) design and verification. Denali delivers the industry’s most trusted solutions for deploying PCI Express, NAND and DRAM subsystems. Developers use Denali’s EDA, IP and services to reduce risk and speed time-to-market for electronic system and chip design. Denali is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has offices around the world to serve the global electronics industry.

(R)Sonics Inc. and the company’s logo are registered trademarks and SMART Interconnect and SMART Interconnects. Denali and Denali Software are registered trademarks of Denali Software, Inc. Databahn is a trademark of Denali Software.