CoWare, Agility to Accelerate Simulation of Complex DSP Algorithms

CoWare®, Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, and Agility Design Solutions, Inc., a technology innovator that accelerates signal processing algorithm design, verification and implementation, announced a strategic relationship focused on accelerating the simulation and implementation of complex DSP algorithms starting from MATLAB models. CoWare is offering its customers integration support for accelerated C models generated by Agility’s RMS and MCS products into the entire range of CoWare’s ESL 2.0 solutions.

“Many of our customers are developing DSP algorithms starting in MATLAB and later transitioning into CoWare’s ESL 2.0 solutions,” said Dr. Johannes Stahl, vice president of marketing and business development at CoWare. “With the innovative Agility solutions, we are greatly reducing the transition pain and making the entire flow from MATLAB much more productive.”

“Our MATLAB-to-C technology offers a high-productivity, high-performance solution,” stated Larry Melling, vice president of marketing at Agility. “We are very excited about the integration with CoWare’s ESL design solutions. Working with the leading ESL provider like CoWare will address customers’ needs for better connection of their algorithm models with established product development tools.”

Unique Advantages of Joint Solution
C models generated from MATLAB will efficiently run inside CoWare Signal Processing Designer, increasing the simulation performance by more than 3X in typical cases for the entire DSP system explored. This is in comparison to traditional co-simulation running the interpreted MATLAB model using the MATLAB engine. This is relevant in particular in new, complex wireless standards such as the 3GPP Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard, where many design teams are now transitioning from research in MATLAB to production design efforts.

Complex architectures for consumer applications in the video processing market are developed using CoWare’s architecture design solution today. CoWare customers will now be able to take advantage of the Agility technology to include MATLAB models inside virtual hardware platforms modeled in SystemC. A C model generated by Agility’s MCS product can be integrated inside CoWare Platform Architect using standard, SystemC interface methodologies.

Availability and Pricing
For general information about the integrated solution, please contact the CoWare sales office nearest you.

About Agility Design Solutions
Agility speeds the development of signal processing algorithms offering complete solutions for algorithm acceleration, prototyping and implementation in both software and hardware. The solutions include Agility’s unique software technologies for MATLAB to C and C to FPGA synthesis and a rich portfolio of synthesizable algorithmic functions and FPGA hardware platforms. Agility completes the solutions with services delivered by a team of expert users to help customers meet deadlines and delivery requirements. Agility is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. and has offices in Austin, Texas; Yokohama, Japan and Oxford, England.

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.

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