CoWare, AccelChip Team for Design and Verification Flow for MATLAB

9/28/2004 - CoWare, Inc., the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software and services, and AccelChip Inc., the industry's only provider of automated flows from MATLAB® algorithms to silicon, are teaming to provide an advanced design and verification flow for DSP designs that originate in MATLAB. The companies have integrated CoWare's DSP application design tool, SPW, with AccelChip's algorithmic synthesis tools to offer DSP design teams the ability to verify generated RTL code in Verilog or VHDL within the SPW environment.

"AccelChip provides MATLAB-based algorithmic synthesis for FPGAs and ASICs by automatically generating VHDL or Verilog from MATLAB algorithms. By partnering with CoWare, our mutual customers can now verify their algorithms at all levels of abstraction–MATLAB, RTL and gate–within the context of the entire system. CoWare's SPW provides a full DSP system verification infrastructure that includes an extremely fast simulation engine. The combination of AccelChip's automatic, algorithmic-based implementation flow and CoWare's DSP verification environment enables customers to have complete confidence as they implement their complex DSP designs," said Tom Feist, vice president of sales and marketing, AccelChip.

"With the integration of SPW and AccelChip—one of the most innovative MATLAB-based implementation technologies—design teams have access to fast and accurate DSP verification when implementing MATLAB designs," said Mark Milligan, vice president of marketing, CoWare. "Along with the enhanced MATLAB simulation and analysis capabilities in the new SPW 5-XP—announced in a separate news release today—this integration highlights our commitment to supporting the technologies in the MATLAB ecosystem."

Integration Provides System-Level Verification
The integration between SPW and AccelChip® DSP Synthesis lets designers using AccelChip's MATLAB-based, algorithm synthesis flow verify each level of their design in SPW. DSP designers typically start their design process in MATLAB, the world's leading software for algorithm design. The AccelChip DSP Synthesis product generates fixed-point MATLAB from the original MATLAB floating-point algorithm, and then synthesizes RTL—either VHDL or Verilog—from the fixed-point MATLAB.

SPW allows designers to simulate their floating-point MATLAB algorithms. After running the design through the AccelChip toolset, the designer can import the RTL generated from AccelChip into SPW to verify at the RTL level. This approach provides a complete, system-wide verification of the complete signal processing design.

About the Products
CoWare SPW—The DSP Workbench—is a complete DSP application design platform featuring high performance simulation technology and an easily accessible, large library of 4000+ DSP application models. SPW integrates with many leading tools supporting design flows using MATLAB, C/C++, SystemC, Verilog/VHDL and Verilog-AMS. Its up-to-date communications and multimedia libraries reduce time and effort for customers designing for standards like 3GPP, UWB or 802.11.

The AccelChip DSP Synthesis tool automatically generates synthesizable, cycle-accurate RTL models directly from MATLAB M-files. The tool's enhanced floating- to fixed-point conversion gives the designer much better control over trade-offs between performance, area, and accuracy. AccelChip DSP Synthesis enables system-level verification of all components using libraries and math-based models, increases efficiency, and provides unheard of flexibility by allowing designers to explore architectural possibilities without ever touching their golden source.

CoWare SPW 4.85 featuring AccelChip application support is available to SPW customers today. Future releases of SPW 5-XP for Windows, announced in a separate news release today, will provide similar integration. For pricing information, contact your local sales office or email For more information on SPW and CoWare's other products, visit For more information on any of the AccelChip products, please email or visit

About AccelChip
AccelChip Inc. develops and markets a MATLAB-based algorithmic synthesis environment and intellectual property that automate the development and implementation of DSP designs. The company's unique DSP Design Automation (DDA) solutions reduce design iterations, accelerate the creation and verification of register-transfer language (RTL), and link the domain-specific DSP design environment with industry-standard hardware design flows targeting FPGAs and ASICs. Founded in 2000, AccelChip is located in Milpitas, California, and has design centers in Portland, Oregon, and Carlsbad, California. AccelChip's Web address is

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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