CoFluent Design, an Electronic System Level (ESL) company focused on delivering state-of-the-art software solutions for early system architecture exploration and performance analysis, announced that the coming-up version 2.1 of its flagship product CoFluent Studio(TM) would be available for preview at the 44th Design Automation Conference in San Diego, California, from June 4 to 8.
CoFluent Studio is used to develop the optimum system architecture at the beginning of the ESL flow.
The system architecture defines performance, functionality, power consumption, cost and other elements at a stage where 80% of the design’s value is added, determining the final product market match and competitiveness.
CoFluent Studio enables decision making at the earliest stage of a project thanks to its higher level of abstraction that considerably simplifies and speeds architectural modification, while offering very high speed simulation.
Architectural development using CoFluent Studio is executed at the “message passing” level of abstraction following a “Y” design flow that keeps separate views of the application and the platform, to later merge them through a unique mapping operation.
It automatically generates Transactional Level Modeling (TLM) SystemC models which can be used as test benches to validate cycle-accurate implementation micro-architectures.
CoFluent Studio v2.0 already gave the possibility to do early, agile and rapid system macro-architecture exploration and performance analysis by modeling the behavior of the application running on generic platform performance models.
This requires considerable lower efforts and costs compared to other ESL tools co-simulating hardware models with the real software code. “From simple graphics and C code input, CoFluent users can get dynamic profiles of performance indices like power consumption, memory use, processor and bus loads without writing SystemC models and with no hardware Intellectual Property (IP) block, Instruction Set Simulator (ISS) or embedded software code being needed” said Jean-Paul Calvez, Chief Technical Officer of CoFluent Design.
Now, with the new architecture exploration facility integrated into the coming-up v2.1 release, users have the possibility to select a variation range for a design parameter of their choice, run simulation batches for each value of the parameter, and obtain analysis results displayed in the same chart.
In one single view, users can get a visual comparison of the same system under different architecting scenarios. The impact of a parameter change in a design can also be very easily analyzed and understood so the optimal value can be chosen. In the end, CoFluent enables its customers to develop optimized architectures unconstrained by downstream implementation considerations, upstream of micro-architecture decisions.
About CoFluent Design
CoFluent Design provides integrated solutions to bridge the gap between the specification of an electronic system and its implementation. Its CoFluent Studio(TM) ESL modeling and simulation software environment allows developers of electronic devices and chips to:
- DECIDE: Securely predict behavior and performance from partial software and hardware for design validation at all stages
- SHARE: Provide system executable specifications rather than static documents for common hardware / software reference
- CAPITALIZE: Capture projects’ system design expertise in enterprise model libraries for easier and faster innovation
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