Sundance DSP PARS Supports MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder

Sundance DSP, a worldwide supplier and manufacturer of advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and reconfigurable computing platforms, advanced IP cores, libraries and tools announced the support of The MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder by PARS, a development tool designed to target parallel systems comprising DSPs and FPGAs.

Programming of multi FPGA systems has traditionally been complex and time consuming, requiring deep knowledge of both parallel processing and FPGA programming techniques. This has been an adoption barrier for scientists and system level engineers who could use heterogeneous parallel systems with many processing elements with the power of multi FPGA and DSP platforms for their applications.

PARS is an established tool for developing a multi-DSP/FPGA application from a single Simulink model and is being used by industry leaders such as the US Navy, General Motors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Rockwell Collins for developing leading-edge applications. Engineers who use Simulink to create models and Simulink HDL Coder to automatically generate hardware implementation code can now focus on their application and let PARS automatically generate the code for the FPGAs and DSPs in their system. With the help of The MathWorks Real-Time Workshop, PARS generates a single application from a single Simulink model, which will contain the entire code of the DSPs, and FPGAs in the system including all the communication with built-in synchronization between Host processor, DSPs and FPGAs.

Simulink HDL Coder support is being provided to help Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) develop a prototype Radar Environment Simulator for the next generation of advanced counterfire Radar systems for the US Army in record time. With PARS, ORNL engineers can use a mix of Sundance hardware platforms like the SMT417 PMC module with multiple DSPs and the SMT318-SX55 with multiple Xilinx Virtex-4 SX55 FPGAs to create a reconfigurable network of heterogeneous processors capable of being programmed from a single Simulink model.

Dr. Mark Buckner, Cognitive Radio Program Director from Oak Ridge National Laboratory commented “PARS is enabling us to realize the full potential of Model Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink, re-using code contributed by others and accelerating critical components of the model in a mixed FPGA/DSP hardware environment without the need of hand-written C and VHDL required by current more conventional design methods.”

“Developing even a single DSP or FPGA applications can be fairly complex; but when one has to support multi DSP and FPGA in a system then the problem can become daunting. With the advanced applications being developed at Rockwell Collins the need for multi-DSP/FPGA platform is a necessity. Thanks to Simulink and PARS we can concentrate on our application and let PARS take care of generating the target code supporting parallel DSP/FPGA hardware,” commented Mr. Besombes, engineering manager at Rockwell Collins France.

“We are very excited to be part of the team developing tools that can let scientists and engineers focus on their application. By freeing them from learning complicated programming tools and techniques, they can now focus on taking their products to the market and conducting scientific research.” said Dr. Nory Nakhaee, the C.E.O. of Sundance DSP Inc.

Mr. Sudhir Sharma, DSP Marketing Manager from The Mathworks explained, “Simulink HDL Coder, Real-Time Workshop, and PARS enable engineers and scientists to quickly target their MATLAB algorithms and Simulink models onto FPGAs and DSPs for rapid development.”

PARS is a MATLAB / Simulink toolbox that can also generate Hardware-In-the-Loop applications (HIL) for real-time testing on a multiprocessor system. Target platform applications can communicate with host side applications being run under Simulink and exchange data back and forth through host interfaces.

Price of PARS is 10K US dollars for a single user seat and does not require run-time licensing. Site licenses are also available.

About Sundance DSP
Sundance DSP Inc. is a US-based, independent company headquartered in Reno, Nevada. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets high performance signal processing and reconfigurable systems for original equipment manufacturers in the wireless and signal processing markets. Leveraging its multiprocessor expertise and experience, Sundance DSP provides OEMs with modular DSP and FPGA-based systems as well as, Data Acquisition, I/O, Communication, and interconnectivity products that are so essential to multiprocessor systems where scalability and performance are important. With over fifty different modules and carriers for PCI, cPCI VME and Stand-Alone platforms, Sundance DSP is a solution provider to military, Automotive, Aerospace, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, and factory automation industries. Sundance DSP, founded in 1999 by the current directors, is a member of Xilinx Xperts, MathWorks Connection, TI 3rd party and Linear Technology’s partner programs.