CoWare SPW Integrates with Mentor Graphics' ModelSim Simulator

6/9/2004 - CoWare, Inc., the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services, announced support for VHDL co-simulation through the integration of CoWare SPW and Mentor Graphics'® ModelSim® simulator. This integration enables design teams using ModelSim to leverage SPW—a complete platform for the design and verification of DSP applications—for the verification of their VHDL-RTL implementation in the SPW system context. Through SPW and its extensive reference libraries for advanced wireless standards including 3GPP, 3GPP2, 802.11 and UWB, designers of wireless SoCs can significantly decrease tape-out risk.

"The ModelSim tool is widely adopted by companies in wireless product design," said John Lenyo, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics' design verification and test division. "We are excited to have a direct interface with the SPW product line. We believe the combination of ModelSim and SPW can help our customers get higher quality products to market sooner."

The enhanced SPW product reads in VHDL RTL code and automatically generates simulation interfaces to allow the SPW simulator to co-execute extremely quickly with the ModelSim simulator, using a single-process integration. It uses a proven and unique technology combining SPW dataflow simulation with RTL simulation. The co-execution supports any number of different RTL blocks that are to be verified inside the SPW system context.

"The addition of ModelSim support enables a much wider audience to advance their verification methodology for DSP applications design," said Johannes Stahl, director of marketing for SPW, CoWare. "Our large SPW development team continues to execute on our exciting roadmap by adding relevant design flows to SPW."

Pricing and Availability
SPW with the ModelSim tool integration is in beta now. The production version of the integration option will be available with the next release of SPW in August 2004. CoWare customers under maintenance will receive this feature at no additional cost. For additional pricing information, contact your local sales office or email

Support for ModelSim-Verilog will be added in a subsequent SPW release. SPW continues to support Cadence Incisive as well. 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

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