CoWare Speeds Concurrent Design of SoCs and Embedded Software

4/1/2004 - CoWare, Inc., the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services, announced a major new release of its SystemC-based ConvergenSCTM system-on-chip (SoC) design tools to speed the concurrent design of SoCs with embedded software. The ConvergenSC product family combines new hardware/software partitioning and platform assembly together with new simulation, debug and analysis capabilities. Together with the ConvergenSC Model Library, the largest IP model library for SystemC, customers are able to rapidly create and validate SoC designs at the transaction level in SystemC. The latest release offers major new functionality using CoWare's patented Interface Synthesis® technology for SystemC.

"The key for SoC design success has moved from RTL to system-level design at higher abstraction levels, which is necessary to realize optimized SoC architectures and early embedded software development. Toshiba has decided to move our next-generation design flow to system-level design using high-level design languages at the transaction level, in order to optimize and explore alternative SoC architectures, perform hardware/software co-design and do early platform-based software development,” stated Kosei Okamoto, Executive Quality Leader of the Toshiba Personal Computer & Network Company. “We have been working with CoWare for three years and we are adopting the ConvergenSC design environment for our unified C-based design environment."

Increasing Complexity Challenges for Systems and Semiconductor Companies
In the electronics industry, multiple functions—such as communications and multimedia—are increasingly combined in single products. Designing these convergent products quickly—and getting both the hardware and embedded software optimized and functioning together—is an enormous challenge. Architects in both systems and semiconductor companies are finding that current methods fail to handle the complexity of these designs, including the rising amount of embedded software that must be designed and verified with the hardware. These pressures are now driving rapid adoption of electronic system-level (ESL) design methods.

"ConvergenSC helps close the gap being created by advancing semiconductor technology and the limitations of existing design methodologies," said Mark Milligan, vice president of marketing, CoWare. "We now have the standard language for system design—SystemC—plus wide IP model availability, and tools and methodologies that help engineers differentiate by design for competitive advantage."

ConvergenSC Speeds the Design of SoCs with Embedded Software
The new functionality in ConvergenSC includes:

Pricing and Availability
ConvergenSC 2004.1 is available immediately. For pricing information, contact your local sales office or email For more information, visit

About CoWare
CoWare is the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software tools and services. CoWare offers a comprehensive set of electronic system-level (ESL) tools that enable SoC developers to "differentiate by design" through the creation of system-IP including embedded processors, on-chip buses, and DSP algorithms; the architecture of optimized SoC platforms; and hardware/software co-design. The company's solutions are based on open industry standards including SystemC. CoWare's customers are major systems, semiconductor, and IP companies in the market where consumer electronics, computing, and communications converge. CoWare's corporate investors include ARM Ltd. [(LSE:ARM);(Nasdaq: ARMHY)], Cadence Design Systems (NYSE:CDN), STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE). CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world. For more information about CoWare and its products and services, visit

ConvergenSC is a trademark and Interface Synthesis is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc. CoWare is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc. in the United States.

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