AXYS Rolls Out MaxSim and MaxCore Developer Suites 4.0 System Tools

5/19/2003 - AXYS® Design Automation, Inc., announced new releases v4.0 of the MaxSim and MaxCore Developer Suites, further extending AXYS Design's technology leadership position in multi-core System on Chip (SoC) simulation, debugging and verification solutions. The new releases boost system-level design productivity by increasing verification performance for processor architectures and SoC platforms. Efficient profiling data collection and visualization enable designer to meet product requirements by analyzing architecture alternatives at the earliest possible time during the pre-implementation phase. The new releases also feature unparalleled ease of use and guarantee fast adoption of an open system-level design methodology by minimizing system-level model development time.

"With the latest releases of the MaxSim and MaxCore Developer Suites, AXYS Design directly addresses the most pressing issues of our customers, who's urgent priorities are verification performance, efficient connections to the embedded software world and ease of use", said Vojin Zivojnovic, President and CEO of AXYS Design Automation, Inc. "Our proven solutions based on emerging open standards like the LISA Language for Instruction Set Architecture and SystemCTM increase design productivity of our customers and make system-level design a reality today."

Designing the Right System on Chip
The new release v4.0 of MaxSim Developer Suite features efficient collection of simulation data for profiling purposes enabling designers to meet product requirements with the optimal architecture. A flexible API (Application Programming Interface) for profiling information - MxPI - has been introduced, which works transparently with standard SystemCTM components as well. The MaxSim Developer Suite also offers visualization for the performance impact of caches, memories, bus-systems and user-defined statistics.

In addition the new release v4.0 of MaxSim Developer Suite boosts system verification performance without sacrificing overall system accuracy through flexible support of high performance models. Using the AXYS SystemC library designers enjoy an up to ten-fold performance increase compared to the OSCI SystemC simulator for designs using cycle-based simulation at the cycle-accurate transaction-level.

Usability and ease of use of the MaxSim Developer Suite have been further improved through batch and scripting support, new additional test-bench components and improved data management capabilities.

Automating Embedded Processor Tool Chain Creation
Compared with v.30 the new release v4.0 of MaxCore Developer Suite features performance improvements of up to 60 percent for instruction accurate models. Performance of cycle accurate models has been increased by up to 20 percent.

Advanced profiling features enable design teams to optimize processor architectures efficiently based on detailed information on the usage-distribution for instructions, memories and registers as well as information on hazards and processor pipeline effects in the context of specific classes of application software code.

Usability end efficiency of design entry has been further increased through the introduction of a graphical user interface for the design entry of the instruction stream, pipeline, operations and all other aspects of the processor core description in LISA. The user interface works transparently on existing and new LISA source code empowering designers to choose between pure textual and graphical design entry of the processor architecture and instruction set.

About MaxSim Developer Suite
MaxSim Developer Suite empowers SoC designers to efficiently verify their developments early in the pre-implementation phase and to meet their customer requirements by designing the right SoC with the optimal architecture. In addition it 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. In addition, MaxSim Platform Explorer enables system-level visibility and debugging within the platform.

About MaxCore Developer Suite
MaxCore Developer Suite automates the tool chain creation for embedded processors. Starting from a reusable description in the C-like LISA (Language for Instruction Set Architecture) description language the MaxCore Developer Suite automatically generates various processor simulator types, assembler, disassembler and debugger interfaces. The generated processor simulators support pure interpretive, compiled code and just in time simulation and can be integrated very efficiently into co-simulation environments like AXYS MaxSim, Mentor SeamlessTM and SystemC.

Pricing and Availability
The release 4.0 of the MaxSim and MaxCore Developer Suites are available to beta customers today; the production releases are scheduled to ship in July 2003. Pricing starts at $50,000 per year for the MaxCore Developer Suite. The Pricing for the MaxSim Developer Suite starts at $12,000 per year. 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 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), PANASONIC Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), Phonak AG (SWX: Phonak N) 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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