CoWare Extends Lead on Platform Design Creation and Validation

11/20/2002 - CoWareTM of San Jose, Calif., began shipping the latest version of its CoWare N2C® design environment, further extending its position as the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services.

CoWare N2C was developed for system architects, hardware designers and software integrators to quickly generate multiple platforms with different options and for easy design reuse. This version offers improvements in design creation and architectural validation. It now supports the Linux platform, accelerating simulation performance.

"We pushed the threshold on platform-based design creation and verification because our customers are being asked to push their threshold to get products to market," remarks Pete Hardee, director of product marketing at CoWare. "This release of CoWare N2C provides them with the environment they need to rapidly, efficiently and cost-effectively complete their designs."

Enhanced CoWare N2C Design Environment
With today's market pressures, there is no time for silicon re-spins and second guessing whether a chip will work. As a result, new methodologies like platform-based design are being more widely accepted and adopted. With its enhanced Interface Synthesis and bus generation capabilities, CoWare offers designers software that can help them generate multiple platforms, evaluate different platforms with standard bus analysis views, and reuse these platforms in other designs. Interface Synthesis is used for efficient creation of different bus architectures to determine the best throughput for the system, based on the application. CoWare's bus generation technology is based on standards such as AMBA or CoreConnect. While these bus standards provide advanced features and capabilities, the complexity of architectural choices has increased. With CoWare N2C, designers can leverage those capabilities and validate the correct choice for their application.

Integrated with the bus generation technology is bus-specific analysis data collection to provide information on bus contention, latency, collisions and bus traffic. Designers need easy design creation capabilities, along with the ability to verify and implement a platform design. CoWare bus generators create models that can be exported to the register transfer level (RTL) and that are ready for synthesis. In addition, ease of integrating and migrating a system-level netlist to hardware description languages (HDLs) has been improved along with co-simulation performance to assist hardware designers in the verification of their individual blocks in the platform.

Fast simulation is required to verify and analyze system performance. The availability of CoWare N2C on Linux provides the performance necessary to validate bus architectures. Additionally, it provides a platform for software developers to start their integration and testing prior to silicon.

The latest version of CoWare N2C is in use today in production environments at electronics and systems companies worldwide. CoWare N2C Advanced System Designer, which contains all the capabilities described above, is available now and runs on the Sun Solaris and Linux operating systems. Contact Paula Menzigian, product marketing manager at CoWare, for more details. She can be reached via email at or at (408) 392-8546.

About CoWare
As the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services for System-on-Chip (SOC) designers, CoWare, Inc. provides a platform-based design methodology that can cut design time in half. As a founder and leader of SystemC, CoWare is driving the industry toward a unifying system design language. CoWare software is employed today by major systems, intellectual property (IP) and semiconductor companies, including Alcatel, ARM, Canon, Fujitsu, InterDigital, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, ST Microelectronics, Tensilica and Toshiba. The San Jose Business Journal recently recognized CoWare as the 13th fastest-growing private company in Silicon Valley in 2001.

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