SystemVerilog NOW! Seminars Move to Israel, Germany, UK and Japan

1/16/2004 - Following the successful North American seminar tour attended by 1,000 engineers, four leaders in advanced design and verification technologies -- Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS), Novas Software, Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq: MENT) and Axis Systems, with the support of Hewlett Packard's platform technology -- are sponsoring additional free SystemVerilog technical seminars and product demonstrations in Israel, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan beginning February 2, 2004. Each seminar will be presented by noted hardware description language (HDL) expert, Cliff Cummings, President of Sunburst Design, Inc.

The SystemVerilog NOW! technical seminars provide design and verification engineers with practical and up-to-date information about SystemVerilog's capabilities. The seminars demonstrate how these capabilities can translate into increased productivity and silicon success using design and verification tools that support SystemVerilog today. These productivity gains are equally applicable to VHDL and Verilog-based design and verification flows.

"Many of the SystemVerilog NOW! seminar attendees have reinforced the need to unify their design and verification solutions," said Manoj Gandhi, senior vice president and general manager, Verification Group at Synopsys. "Synopsys plans to address these needs by delivering a unified design and verification platform based on SystemVerilog to enable a comprehensive design-for-verification methodology. This platform is expected to leverage SystemVerilog's advanced language capabilities for more concise RTL design and comprehensive assertions, and testbench features for streamlined verification."

"The SystemVerilog NOW! seminars provide the additional training that users have been requesting," said Scott Sandler, president & CEO, Novas Software, Inc. "SystemVerilog holds great promise for methodology improvement across a range of applications. Driven by our customers' requests for a universal debug platform for design, testbench and assertion languages, Novas has extended its debug automation technology to support SystemVerilog models, allowing for the fast detection and repair of complex issues in designs that leverage these powerful language capabilities."

As an emerging open and public standard, SystemVerilog offers a comprehensive foundation to improve the overall verification process to help alleviate issues with design complexity for the Verilog and VHDL user. Overall, SystemVerilog offers both the right technology and the broad industry acceptance needed to accelerate design and verification processes while offering greater certainty of silicon success.

"There is a strong interest among engineers to apply SystemVerilog to their next designs," said Robert Hum, vice president and general manager of Mentor's Design Verification and Test division. "The single largest design bottleneck electronics designers face today is design verification. Mentor Graphics has a strong history of support for open and public standards that permit design teams to craft methodologies that utilize a broad range of verification solutions to solve this critical issue."

"New capabilities in SystemVerilog could have the most impact on engineer's design and verification efforts," said Steve Wang, co-founder, Axis Systems. "The power of Axis' RCC (ReConfigurable Computing) technology is demonstrated again with our ability to support SystemVerilog. Based on customer demand, Axis is working to provide the ability to leverage SystemVerilog constructs to accelerate testbench and assertions in our foremost Design Team Emulation products."

Verilog language extensions are presented in a designer-centric fashion by one of the industry's leading HDL experts, Cliff Cummings. This highly technical event demonstrates how SystemVerilog can be practically used by both Verilog and VHDL design and verification engineers with immediate benefit to improve design engineering productivity, speed verification and deliver smarter verification.

Seminar Schedule for Additional Locations
The SystemVerilog NOW! technical seminar dates and locations are:

To register for the SystemVerilog NOW! technical seminar, please visit

About SystemVerilog
SystemVerilog, the first hardware description and verification language (HDVL), is an extension to the IEEE 1364-2001 Verilog HDL and offers advanced design features to tackle the most complex next-generation designs, provides comprehensive testbench and assertions capabilities for integrated high-performance verification and offers a designer-friendly direct programming interface for efficient interaction with C/C++ models, code and algorithms. For more information about SystemVerilog, visit

About Cliff Cummings
Cliff Cummings is President of Sunburst Design, Inc., a company that specializes in Verilog, Verilog RTL synthesis and SystemVerilog training. Mr. Cummings is an independent consultant and recognized Verilog expert with 21 years of ASIC, FPGA, system design and verification experience and 11 years of Verilog, synthesis, SystemVerilog and methodology training experience. He has co-authored all five IEEE and Accellera, Verilog and SystemVerilog standards, and has also presented 32 conference papers, including 13 that were voted "Best Paper." Mr. Cummings holds a BSEE from Brigham Young University and an MSEE from Oregon State University. Mr. Cummings can be contacted at 14314 SW Allen Blvd., PMB 501, Beaverton, OR 97005; 503-641-8446 or

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for semiconductor design. The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification platforms to the global electronics market, enabling the development of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and is located more than 60 offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

About Novas Software
Novas is the pioneer of debug systems that reduce the functional verification costs for complex IC designs. It's market-leading Verdi™ and Debussy® Debug Systems and its latest Reusner™ Design Knowledge Publisher go far beyond waveform viewing to allow design teams to better understand and analyze complex or unfamiliar design behavior and share design knowledge across the design team. Novas' tools cut by half or more the time it takes to locate, isolate and solve the root causes of design and verification problems. For two consecutive years, Novas has received the highest ranking for customer satisfaction in a comprehensive EDA study published by CMP with more than 10,000 systems installed worldwide and 30 EDA companies utilizing Novas technology in their products today. Novas is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with offices in Europe, Japan and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit or send email to

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support of the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $650 million and employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web:

About Axis Systems
Axis Systems, Inc., offers high-performance verification platforms for the hardware and software development of complex electronic system and system-on-a-chip designs. Axis' products help increase confidence in new designs, improve overall verification productivity and shorten time to market. On a single platform and with one design database, Axis' patented ReConfigurable Computing (RCC) technology provides software simulation, accelerated simulation, system emulation and hardware/software co-verification. Customers include the world's leading networking and multimedia companies. Axis is headquartered at 209 E. Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. To learn more about Axis, visit

On December 11, 2003, Verisity, Ltd. (Nasdaq: VRST) of Mountain View, Calif., announced a definitive agreement to acquire Axis Systems, Inc. ( Verisity is the leading supplier of process automation solutions for the functional verification market.

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