Beach Solutions Unveils EASI-Studio 3.2 and Demos EASI Developer Suite

4/14/2004 - Beach Solutions, the pioneer in EDA solutions for IP packaging, integration and re-use for complex SoC, re-configurable platform and embedded systems design, will be launching Version 3.2 of EASI-Studio at DAC 2004 (Booth 1538) as well as demonstrating its recently announced EASI Developer Suite.

New features incorporated in EASI-Studio version 3.2 will include the "watermarking" of design data as reliable once it has been checked and validated so that design file generation can proceed with confidence. Watermarking will also prevent the duplication of checking processes when the data is up to date and valid. Also featured in EASI-Studio version 3.2 are usability improvements including a new memory map editor that configures register address positions through a simple drag and drop operation.

EASI-Studio is deployed today at several major independent device manufacturers in Europe and the USA to eliminate the risks associated with the manual interpretation of SoC specifications. By using EASI-Studio to automate the creation of hardware and software design files ("Embedded Applications System Interfaces" - EASI's) and their associated documentation, a design project team can ensure that all developers work with up-to-date and consistent design data. Files created consist of interface code required for hardware design, software API's and verification. Standard generators are available for VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog, C, C++ and "e". Documentation for the SoC is also produced in formats compatible with MSWord, Framemaker and HTML. Thus, EASI-Studio greatly reduces the risks of introducing design errors that are typically only discovered late-on during the hardware/software integration phase of critical SoC product developments. EASI-Studio is based around a 3rd generation XML schema technology specifically created for the needs of IP developers and embedded systems integrators.

EASI Developer Suite (EDS) is a powerful environment that allows users to rapidly customize two key parts of EASI-Studio, Interface Rule Checks (IRC's) and EASI generators. EDS can be used to modify existing generators to suit design styles and flows as well as create completely new generators to meet their own specific design requirements. EDS also provides users with the ability to define the rules and rule sets that will be applied to validate the correctness of block and system level design interfaces. These IRC's can be applied throughout the SoC development flow to identify errors. Running IRC's early, minimizes the risk of error propagation through the design flow and significantly reduces the costly verification task otherwise required to identify them. EDS provides the mechanism to extend the rule checking capabilities within EASI-Studio by giving users the ability to ensure that data saved about the system conforms to company, project and industry standards and that the flow of data through the design tool chain remains robust.

About Beach Solutions
Beach Solutions is a venture funded, privately owned company pioneering the development of innovative EDA solutions and design tools for IP packaging, integration and re-use. Beach Solutions received a first round of venture funding in 2000. Further funding was received from MTI Partners in a second round in 2002. Beach Solutions operates on a worldwide basis with its European headquarters based in Reading in the UK and US headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. Further information is available from the Beach Solutions website:

About EASI-Tools
Beach Solutions' EASI-Tools product family facilitates design quality through a structured approach to capturing and maintaining design specification data in one place and then validating that data against fully customizable design and interface rules. By focusing on the need for effective data flow management within existing design tool flows, EASI-Tools eliminates the potential for design errors up front in the design process by reducing repetitive, mundane design tasks as well as easing system integration. Productivity gains are brought about through effective IP re-use by automating the generation of the interfaces needed for the hardware, software, verification and documentation domains. The guaranteed consistency of the interfaces across the design domains facilitates the implementation of concurrent development practices, allowing design managers to focus on resource allocation and bringing products to market faster while engineers can concentrate on value added engineering. EASI-Tools are independent of existing design architectures and tool flows and do not require any new language support.

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