CoWare Advances ESL IP Interoperability by Joining SPIRIT Consortium

6/9/2004 - CoWare, Inc., the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services, announced that it has joined the SPIRIT (Structure for Packaging, Integrating and Re-using IP within Tool-flows) Consortium. The Consortium, which is working to develop standards to promote Intellectual Property (IP) interoperability in EDA tool flows, has already made considerable progress at the Register Transfer Level (RTL). Upon finalization of this important initial standard, SPIRIT is turning its attention to standards for IP interoperability at the Electronic System Level (ESL), particularly for SystemC IP models at the transaction level. Many of the Consortium members, including CoWare in collaboration with Cadence Design Systems, Inc., are demonstrating tool interoperability here at DAC, for IP blocks provided by ARM, Philips and STMicroelectronics.

"We are excited that CoWare has joined the group of leading EDA companies in the SPIRIT Consortium," said Ralph von Vignau, chairman of SPIRIT Consortium. "We look forward to their technical contribution in the working groups as we begin developing the next version of the SPIRIT specification addressing electronic system level design and verification."

"Our mutual customers have strongly requested that we work jointly on SPIRIT in the Cadence-CoWare Alliance in order to provide full IP interoperability from ESL design through verification and implementation," said Mitch Weaver, vice president and general manager, Systems and Functional Verification Division, Cadence. "We're very happy to welcome CoWare to SPIRIT, and we're delighted to be able to jointly demonstrate our initial SPIRIT flow here at DAC."

"We are very impressed with the rapid progress made by the SPIRIT Consortium," stated Mark Milligan, vice president of marketing, CoWare. "As demonstrated by founding OSCI, CoWare fully supports interoperability through open standards. There are clear mutual benefits for the industry and our customers, for us to help achieve SPIRIT's goals in the ESL arena."

The Structure for Packaging, Integrating and Re-using IP within Tool-flows (SPIRIT) consortium was created to develop a standard for more efficient integration of IP in System-on-Chip (SoC) platform design in two areas: IP meta-data description and a tool integration API. The consortiumís founder membership is comprised of leading EDA, IP and system and semiconductor companies, including ARM, Cadence Design Systems Inc., Mentor Graphics, Royal Philips Electronics, STMicroelectronics and Synopsys Inc. For more information or to become a member of SPIRIT 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

CoWare is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc. in the United States.

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