CoWare Adds CoWare N2C Support with Extended LISATek Product Line

3/13/2003 - CoWare[TM], Inc. announced new versions of their LISATekTM EDGETM Processor Designer, RIMTM Software Designer and HUBTM System Integrator tools. The new release includes support for an optimized integration with the CoWare N2C® design environment. The LISATek and CoWare APIs have been optimized so as to deliver significant increase in simulation performance. CoWare, the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software, recently acquired LISATek, Inc., a company noted for automating the creation and modeling of embedded processors for system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

This latest release of the LISATek product line will be demonstrated at the Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, March 4-6, 2003, Stand #F5 at Messe Munich, Germany. This will be the first public forum where CoWare will demonstrate the newly integrated solution.

"We've created a powerful offering in joining LISATek with CoWare," affirms Andreas Hoffmann, director of engineering in CoWare's Aachen, Germany office. "Our integrated solution brings us closer to solving key challenges in designing SoCs and embedded processors by providing multi-processor simulation and debugging, processor modeling and platform optimization."

In addition to the optimized integration with CoWare N2C, the new release includes Memory Explorer which lets system designers explore, analyze and change the configuration of caches, buses and memories during compiled simulation runs. The compiled ISS model allows for the optimization of the memory subsystem, a critical component for the performance of any embedded system. This optimization can be done utilizing a high-speed compiled ISS model based on the patent-pending Just-in-Time Cache Compiled Simulation (JIT-CCS) technology. In addition, JIT-CCS enables the user to boot an operating system using the compiled ISS. This technology supports self-modifying code typical of RTOSs combined with the speed of compiled simulation.

The LISATek Macro Assembler, announced in this release, provides features similar to a high-level programming language, including complex macros that can be called like processor instructions. Joined with high-level control flow statements, CoWare's LISATek Macro Assembler will greatly enhance embedded software development efficiency.

Pricing and Availability
Licenses for CoWare's LISATek products begin at $50,000. They run on the Sun Solaris, Linux and Windows NT/2000 operating systems and are available now. Contact Pete Hardee, CoWare's director of product marketing, for more details. He can be reached via email at or at (408) 392-8514.

About LISATek Product Line
The CoWare LISATek technology is based on Language for Instruction Set Architecture (LISA), a single description language and is an extension to C/C++. EDGE Processor Designer facilitates the modeling and design of embedded processors, including microcontrollers (µCs), digital signal processors (DSPs), network processors (NPUs) and application specific processors (ASIPs). It enables processor exploration and automatically facilitates interactive design editing. RIM Software Designer is a set of software development tools generated using EDGE and includes a simulator using JIT-CCTM, a macro-assembler , linker, archiver, disassembler and debugger. HUB System Integrator enables hardware designers to integrate and verify Embedded Processors generated by EDGE into a SoC environment. Designers are able to debug multiple processor cores simultaneously.

About CoWare
CoWare is the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services for system-on-chip (SoC) designers. CoWare is revolutionizing SoC and embedded software development by enabling customers to create design platforms that can be rapidly optimized to meet specific market needs. SoC designs consisting of embedded processors and software, busses, memory, new and reused proprietary IP, are created and verified using the CoWare N2C system-level design environment and the LISATek software tools. CoWare's design environment utilizes open, standard languages such as C and SystemC (C++), and interfaces with popular third-party tools from Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor. CoWare software is employed today by major systems, intellectual property (IP) and semiconductor companies, including ARM, Canon, Fujitsu, Matsushita, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, ST Microelectronics, Toshiba and Xilinx. For the second year, the San Jose Business Journal has recognized CoWare as one of the fastest-growing private companies in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

CoWare, JIT-CC, LISATek, EDGE, RIM, and HUB are trademarks and CoWare N2C is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc.

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