CoWare, AXE, BeatCraft Integrate Virtual Platform, axLinux, JAKAR

CoWare(R), Inc., AXE, Inc., and BeatCraft, Inc. announced that the AXE axLinux and BeatCraft JAKAR Media Framework have been integrated with the CoWare Virtual Platform. CoWare is the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) software and services. AXE, Inc. is a supplier of software products and development services for developers of mobile and home appliance devices, and BeatCraft, Inc. is a supplier of Linux and Windows software solutions focused on embedded software for audio and video processing.

The integration demonstrates the value of virtual platforms for software development and extends CoWare’s ecosystem for the delivery of software-driven architecture development solutions. It also enables customers to leverage both AXE and BeatCraft expertise for virtual platform-based software development.

Porting axLinux and the JAKAR Media Framework to the virtual platform required only 25% of the effort it would have required to port the software using the physical hardware. The observability and controllability of hardware resources provided by CoWare Virtual Platform proved to be the key factors that enabled this time saving. Time is saved because the platform provides the user with a simplified environment that facilitates their understanding of the software’s behavior. In addition, CoWare Virtual Platform provides a higher level of stability than first hardware engineering samples can provide.

“CoWare Virtual Platform provides a stable and powerful environment for porting operating systems that enables us to deliver virtual platform-based software development solutions to our customers,” said Shozo Takeoka, CEO, AXE. “In addition, the CoWare solution is the only one that provides a direct architecture link that enables software-driven architecture development and ensures the best hardware and software fit for our customers.”

“The software development tools provided by CoWare resulted in a huge time saving for our software developers,” said Masashi Takemoto, CEO, BeatCraft. “And, the knowledge we gained integrating our JAKAR Framework with CoWare’s Virtual Platform enables us to more quickly provide a customer solution that is better and more reliable.”

“CoWare Virtual Platform is the only standards-based solution that provides a direct link to the architecture design, higher simulation performance, powerful software development, and automated virtual platform packaging capabilities,” said Marc Serughetti, director of marketing, CoWare. “The value of the CoWare Virtual Platform was demonstrated by the porting effort. Now, AXE and BeatCraft expert knowledge extends CoWare’s ecosystem of companies that have the ability to provide services for virtual platform-based software development and software-driven architecture development.”

The integration of CoWare Virtual Platform with axLinux and the JAKAR Media Framework will be demonstrated at the 44th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Diego, Calif., June 4 -7.

About AXE, Inc.
AXE supplies software products and development services for developers of mobile and home appliance devices. AxLinux is the AXE version of the Linux operating system that is optimized for embedded applications and supports multitasking in multimedia applications and network connectivity. AXE delivers porting and support services to its customers and has built a team with significant expertise in embedded software development and hardware architectures. AXE is based in Kyoto, Japan.

About BeatCraft, Inc.
BeatCraft supplies complete software solutions based on Linux and Windows with a focus on embedded software for audio and video processing. BeatCraft delivers JAKAR, a hardware- and operating system-independent software framework that implements video and audio decoding, synchronization, and buffering, and bridges the gap between the low-level hardware and the complex software application. BeatCraft is based in Tokyo, Japan.

About CoWare, Inc.
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.

CoWare is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc.