AXYS Design Opens SystemC to Embedded Software

11/18/2002 - AXYS® Design Automation, the technology leader for multi-core System on Chip (SoC) simulation, debugging and verification solutions, announced the availability of the new release v3.1 of the MaxSim Developer Suite that combines the performance of cycle based C++ simulation at the transaction level with the flexibility of SystemCTM 2.0. This technology breakthrough unlocks the potential of SystemC by integrating it in one unified simulation engine with more than 20 processor models, debuggers and platform components. Designers can use the MaxLibTM model library to develop and verify SystemC-based SOC designs with micro-controller and DSP families from ARM, MIPS, LSI Logic, Infineon, DSP Group, Improv Systems and Adelante.

"With the integration of the SystemC engine into the MaxSim simulation environment there are no limits to the combination of SystemC 2.0 components, MaxLibTM processor simulators and standard C++ models that can be used together", said Vojin Zivojnovic, President and CEO of AXYS Design Automation, Inc. "The new MaxSim unified simulation engine delivers best performance as it is avoiding the bottlenecks of traditional co-simulation approaches."

Unparalleled Multi-core System-level Debugging and Usability
With MaxSim v3.1 users can combine MaxSim cycle-accurate transaction level multi-processor platforms with SystemC 2.0 components, covering the complete SystemC 2.0 language definition as approved by the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI). Existing SystemC 2.0 components can be imported into MaxSim, allowing unrestricted mix-and-match of sequential test benches, cycle based multi-core systems and discrete event SystemC 2.0 hardware descriptions. MaxSim generated models can be used with SystemC 2.0 compatible tools by generating SystemC compliant source code. The addition of the SystemC 2.0 support is part of AXYS Design's commitment to enable tool-independent modeling, simulation and proliferation of SoC platforms.

MaxSim v3.1 also significantly eases SystemC component modeling through wizard based component creation. In addition, it offers unparalleled multi-core debugging capabilities allowing designers to simultaneously debug software on several cores in the system combined with platform system-level debugging capabilities including conditional system-level breakpoints, memory and register views.

"We are delighted to see AXYS Design Automation join the growing number of companies supporting SystemC", said Stan Krolikoski, Chairman of Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI). "This proliferation of SystemC tools expands the choices that designers have as they more productively design and verify at the pre-implementation level".

Enabling Design Chain Interaction
MaxSim Developer Suite 3.1 addresses the needs for efficient model development and delivery between SoC developers and their users. In the design space SoC development teams use the MaxSim Developer Suite to develop, debug and verify cycle-based multi-core systems at the transaction level. In the platform space embedded software developers and verification engineers use standalone platforms exported from MaxSim for hardware-aware embedded software development and verification. At significantly lower price and with more flexible access through quarterly time based licenses, the MaxSim Platform Control Center allows platform configuration, platform simulation and connection to embedded software debuggers like ARM RealViewTM, Mentor XRAYTM and Tasking CrossViewTM. In addition, MaxSim Platform Explorer enables system-level visibility and debugging within the platform.

Pricing and Availability
The release 3.1 of MaxSim Developer Suite and the accompanying platform tools are available to beta customers today; the production releases are scheduled to ship in December 2002. Pricing starts at $12,000 per year for the MaxSim Developer Suite. Platform Explorer and Platform Control Center are available at flexible quarterly license fees starting at $2000 and $500 respectively. Supported platforms are Windows, Solaris, Linux and HP-UX.

About SystemC and OSCI
The Open SystemCTM Initiative (OSCI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization composed of a broad range of companies, universities and individuals dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC as an open source industry standard for system-level design. SystemC is the standard design and verification language built in C++ that spans from concept to implementation in hardware and software.

About AXYS Design Automation
AXYS® Design Automation, Inc. is a provider of fast, accurate, and integrated processor and SoC (System-on-Chip) C/C++ modeling and simulation solutions for the development of high software content SoC devices. The use of AXYS Design's tool suites in the pre-silicon phase substantially shortens the SoC design cycle by enabling early system integration and embedded software development, thus reducing NRE cost and time to market.

AXYS Design's customers and partners are companies involved in cutting edge technologies for the electronics industry and include Adelante Technologies, ARC (LSE:ARK), ARM Ltd. (NASDAQ: ARMHY), Conexant Systems (NASDAQ: CNXT), DSP Group (NASDAQ: DSPG), Improv Systems, Infineon Technologies (NYSE: IFX), LSI Logic (NYSE: LSI), Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT), MIPS Technologies (NASDAQ: MIPS) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)

The MaxSimTM Developer Suite is a tool enabling the modeling and verification of multi-core SoC designs. The MaxCoreTM Developer Suite is a toolset for the automatic generation of processor models and software development tools. MaxLibTM is AXYS Design's growing library of models for popular SoC components.

AXYS is a registered trademark of AXYS Design Automation, Inc. MaxSimTM, MaxCore® and MaxLib® are trademarks of AXYS Design Automation, Inc.

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