CoWare Creates Solutions for Android Mobile Platform

CoWare®, Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced its solution for the rapid design and development of chipsets, handsets and software applications built to support the Android(tm) Mobile Platform. The introduction of Android as an open platform marks a major shift towards software-driven design. It requires new design and development methods that provide the ability to rapidly and efficiently introduce differentiated chipsets and handsets as well as the ability to develop, integrate and test a massive new set of applications.

Traditional development methods based on register transfer level (RTL) for hardware design and the use of prototype boards for software development are breaking down. CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions address the increasingly complex design and development requirements through the use of virtual hardware platforms supporting:

  • The design of programmable accelerators, high-end processor cores and application sub-systems such as those needed to meet 3D graphics, security or multi-media requirements.
  • The performance optimization and validation, and system level debugging of hardware required during the design and verification of multi-core chipset and handset hardware platforms.
  • The acceleration of software development, system integration and test through the use of ultra fast virtual hardware platforms that are available earlier, easier to deploy and more productive than traditional hardware prototype boards.

CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions are built to enable the deployment of virtual hardware platforms across the supply chain, leading to more productive collaboration while designing the right products. The support of the Android SDK extends CoWare’s solution supporting mobile platforms and operating systems including Microsoft Windows CE, Symbian OS, Wind River Linux and Monta Vista Linux.

“With the introduction of Android as an open platform, differentiation can be reached through better hardware architecture design and faster software development, system integration and test, but a new system level development approach is required,” says Marc Serughetti, vice president of marketing and business development for CoWare. “CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions provide the technologies and methodologies to achieve these goals leading to better products faster. Our support for the Android SDK demonstrates CoWare’s leadership and our commitment to serving the mobile and wireless industries with the most complete electronic system level design solutions.”

About the Open Handset Alliance
The Open Handset Alliance is a multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders. The Open Handset Alliance is committed to fostering innovation on mobile devices and bringing consumers innovative new mobile experiences. The first product of that commitment is the development of Android, a truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. Through Android, developers, wireless operators, and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring innovative new products to market faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal, and more flexible mobile experiences.

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.

CoWare is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc.