Nec Electronics Singapore Adopts Celoxica DK1 Design Suite For Next Generation Chip Design

8/28/2002 - Celoxica announced that NEC Electronics Singapore's technology centre, has licensed Celoxica's DK1 design suite. The project team at NEC Electronics Singapore's technology centre will use DK1 to design and prove hardware implementations of their C-based algorithms for multimedia applications on FPGAs, before taking their design to an ASIC.

"We are ambitious about our current project. It requires us to take our algorithms, developed in 'C' programming language and implement them on an ASIC for mass production," said Shigeru Kawada, General Manager, NEC Electronics Singapore's technology centre. "The DK1 suite enables us to work at a high level, quickly optimise C code for hardware implementation, prototype using FPGAs and will ultimately provide the HDL output for our ASIC design."

"NEC Electronics Singapore's technology centre is taking an innovative approach using DK1 to leverage their software skills straight into ASIC design," said Suresh Potluri, business director, Celoxica Pte. Ltd. He continued, "Because the Handel-C programming language featured in DK1 is based in ANSI C, it provides a less complex path for accelerating algorithmic design in hardware than is currently found in traditional HDL flows. DK1 encourages the use of software development style iterative refinement of designs through its advanced synthesis and optimisation coupled with rapid compilation to FPGA netlists."

DK1 Features and Benefits
The DK1 design suite targets the design, validation, iterative refinement and implementation of complex algorithms in hardware. It includes built-in design entry, simulation, and synthesis - all driven by Handel-C, a design-entry language based on ANSI C that combines parallelism with a central timing model. Developers with knowledge of the C programming language find DK1's Handel-C language simple to use. With its intuitive hardware-specific constructs, Handel-C lets software developers quickly code hardware designs.

DK1's integrated Handel-C-to-gate-level synthesis and optimisation eliminates the need for any interim HDL stage or the need to maintain any additional code stream. The integrated Handel-C compiler lets developers generate optimised EDIF netlists appropriate for targeting FPGAs using FPGA manufacturers' tools. In addition, DK1 can optionally generate VHDL and Verilog for traditional ASIC flows.

About NEC Electronics Singapore's Technology Centre
The mission of NEC Electronics Singapore's technology centre is to provide technical services to our strategic customers in the area of Semiconductor Application, IC Design and System Solution based on NEC Device Solutions.

About NEC (
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.1) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, through its three market-focused, in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC Corporation employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately $39 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2002.

About Celoxica (
Celoxica brings software methodologies to hardware design with tools that converge electronics design automation (EDA) and embedded software development (ESD) to improve designer productivity, address design skills shortages, and overcome system performance bottlenecks. The company's design tools, and their supporting products and services, introduce three aspects of software development to the hardware design process: a C-based language for rapidly describing the functionality rather than the underlying structural detail of the hardware; an integrated development environment (IDE) for hardware design with features such as symbolic debugging as well as synthesis that correlates to software compilation in that it is very fast; and libraries of predefined functions including access to peripherals and processors in hardware via common APIs.

Celoxica has alliances and partnerships with Altera Corporation, Avnet Design Services, Wind River Systems Inc. and Xilinx, Inc. The company is headquartered in Abingdon, UK, with additional offices in Campbell, California, USA; Yokohama, Japan; and Singapore.

Celoxica and the Celoxica logo are the trademarks of Celoxica Limited.

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