EVE, CoWare Team on Hardware/Software Co-Verification

EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, and CoWare® Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced a strategic alliance to provide design teams with an integrated approach that ties hardware/software co-verification from EVE with SystemC virtual platforms developed with CoWare’s ESL 2.0 solutions.

This link between two production-proven design flows, made possible through standard transaction-level interfaces, will reduce overall development time for multicore/multi-application systems on chip (SoCs). The integration will be demonstrated during the Electronic Design & Solution Fair (EDSFair) 2008 January 24-25 at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan.

Linking EVE’s ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) fast, state-of-the-art emulation, with CoWare Platform Architect, via the fast transactor interface supported by ZeBu, reduces time and effort needed to verify SoC designs that include a mix of SystemC and register transfer level (RTL) blocks.

This is accomplished by co-executing RTL blocks in ZeBu and SystemC transaction-level platform in CoWare Platform Architect. This approach allows for early design optimization using a wider set of test scenarios before engineering samples and prototyping boards are available, and can be used ahead of a register transfer level (RTL) implementation of the complete SoC design.

Additionally, by reusing the ESL virtual platform — the SystemC platform and embedded software — from previous design tasks, the time to set-up test environments to verify subsystem intellectual property (IP) with ZeBu is reduced. This improves design quality, enables the use of exact reference golden test streams for verification, and accelerates execution and debug to increase efficiency. The product development process is streamlined because complete system verification is completed before physical implementation.

“ESL 2.0 is here today and due in large measure to the growing use of CoWare’s virtual platforms and its continued innovation,” remarks Dr. Luc Burgun, EVE’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and president. “EVE welcomes the opportunity to forge a strong strategic alliance with such a visionary company, a direct result of customer requests to link emulation with ESL methodologies.”

“The emergence of new multi-core design challenges requires design teams to apply a combination of ESL and emulation technologies to a large community of users,” says Alan Naumann, CoWare’s President and CEO. “The CoWare/EVE alliance brings together the leading providers of ESL and emulation technologies that are deployed in production today, enabling architects, hardware designers, system integration and test teams to develop a better product faster. CoWare is pleased to partner with EVE to deliver this valuable combination to our mutual customers.”

Through the alliance, EVE and CoWare will to work together to introduce complementary transactor strategies and roadmaps based on the emerging Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) Transaction Level Modeling (TLM2) standard for model interoperability. Because this integration is IP vendor independent, it offers more flexible support for design-chain requirements of mutual customers.

About CoWare
CoWare is the leading global supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services. IP, semiconductor, and electronics companies use CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions to design better processor- and software-intensive products faster. CoWare solutions solve the new design challenges associated with platform architecture design, platform verification, application sub-system design, processor design, DSP algorithm design, and software development, and are based on open industry standards including SystemC. These solutions also enable IP and semiconductor companies to implement more effective go-to-market strategies. 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.

About EVE
EVE is the worldwide leader in hardware/software co-verification solutions, including hardware description language (HDL) acceleration and extremely fast emulation. EVE products significantly shorten the overall verification cycle of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems designs. Its products also work in conjunction with popular Verilog, SystemVerilog, and VHDL-based software simulators from Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics. Its United States headquarters are in Santa Clara, Calif.

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