CoWare Joins OCP-IP to Help Customers Optimize Design Resources

9/4/2003 - Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) and CoWare® Inc. announced that CoWare has joined the organization. Membership in OCP-IP allows CoWare customers to optimize design resources and shorten design cycles, lowering design costs and bringing products to market faster.

CoWare realizes that wide availability of IP models is critical to a system-level design flow. Such IP availability is enabled by standards for both the models’ language and their interfaces. Hence, CoWare sees its membership in OCP-IP as an important complement to its role as founder and leader of SystemC.

“There is clear value in an industry standard socket that eases the process of complex SoC design by promoting IP core reusability and reducing design time,” said Mark Milligan, CoWare’s vice president of marketing. “OCP-IP offers the first truly open effort to make plug-and-play SoC design a reality. We are pleased to support it."

Membership in OCP-IP allows CoWare to offer support for OCP-compliant IP, in the ConvergenSCTM family of system-level design tools for SystemC?, to its many systems house and semiconductor customers.

“We are proud to count CoWare among our members,” said Ian Mackintosh, president of OCP-IP. “In light of our SystemC OCP transactional model offerings, CoWare’s membership as a leader within the SystemC community, further illustrates the industry support we are seeing for OCP.

About CoWare
CoWare, the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software, is revolutionizing system on chip (SoC) and embedded software development by enabling engineers to create design platforms optimized for specific market requirements. Its software is employed today by major systems, intellectual property (IP) and semiconductor companies worldwide. 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:

About OCP-IP
The OCP International Partnership Association, Inc. (OCP-IP) was announced in December 2001 to promote and support the open core protocol (OCP) as the complete socket standard that ensures rapid creation and integration of interoperable virtual components. OCP-IP's Governing Steering Committee participants are: Nokia [NYSE: NOK,], Texas Instruments [NYSE: TXN], STMicroelectronics [NYSE: STM], United Microelectronics Corporation [NYSE: UMC], Sonics, and other industry leading companies. OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation delivering the first fully supported, openly licensed core-centric protocol that comprehensively fulfills system-level integration requirements. The OCP facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time and risk, along with manufacturing costs for SoC designs. For additional background and membership information, visit

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