Bosch Develops Car Electronics with AXYS Design's Software Tools

10/21/2003 - AXYS® Design Automation, Inc., the leader in multi-core system-level simulation, debugging and verification solutions, announced, that Bosch has selected AXYS Design's MaxSimTM Developer Suite as part of the development methodology for the next generation of management systems for diesel and gasoline engines. The multi-year agreement also includes the MaxLib® library products of AXYS and related professional development services for the modeling of processor, bus and peripherals using AXYS' MaxSim and MaxCore® Developer Suites. The engine control system-level virtual prototypes developed under this agreement will be deployed for verification and early development of real-time embedded software.

Software based system-level simulation of engine control units within the AXYS environment enables hardware-aware embedded software development to start early in the design cycle, increases test coverage, and enables the efficient debugging of targeted, reproducible test scenarios.

System-level virtual prototypes developed with MaxSim are available to embedded software developers and verification teams prior to implementation of the actual hardware. In contrast to classical hardware-based debugging, MaxSim virtual prototypes uniquely enable non-intrusive access to internal registers, signals and transactions at all times during simulation. Specific test scenarios can be reproduced easily and do not rely on environmental conditions. Typical simulation speed in excess of half a million cycles per second on standard PCs allows the simulation of complete virtual automotive platforms with 100% cycle-by-cycle equivalence to RTL. This simulation speed satisfies the requirements of hardware-aware embedded software developers without compromising simulation accuracy. Systems still can be stopped at user-defined times or interrupted with all components in synchronization.

"We are pleased to welcome Bosch in the fast growing community of MaxSim users", said Vojin Zivojnovic, President & CEO of AXYS Design Automation. "AXYS Design's unique combination of development tools and off-the-shelf models enables our automotive customers to develop innovative engine management systems and to fully optimize complex and sophisticated functions, such as advanced direct injection or electromechanical valve train control."

About MaxSim Developer Suite
MaxSim Developer Suite 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. The MaxSim Platform Explorer allows platform configuration, simulation and offers detailed system-level visibility and debugging within the platform.

About Robert Bosch GmbH
The Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany, operates in the following fields: automotive technology, automation technology, packaging technology, power tools, thermo-technology, household appliances, security technology and broadband networks. With sales of approx. 35 billion euro in 2002, Bosch is one of Germany's largest industrial enterprises, with a significant international presence. At the beginning of 2003, a total workforce of some 224,000 was employed in the three business sectors Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology and Consumer Goods and Building Technology. In 2002, Bosch generated approx. 72% of its sales on foreign markets.

Bosch began as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering", which the founder Robert Bosch opened in Stuttgart in 1886. Today, with subsidiaries and associated companies, the Company is represented on every continent and in more than 50 countries. Bosch manufactures products at 236 locations, 179 of which are outside Germany.

About AXYS Design Automation, Inc.
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 MaxCore® Developer Suite is a toolset for the automatic generation of processor models and software development tools. MaxLib® is AXYS Design's growing library of models for popular SoC components. For more information, visit the AXYS Design web site at

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

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