Fraunhofer IIS Joins Summit's ESL and Embedded Systems Training Program

2/21/2006 - Summit Design, Inc., a leading provider of electronic system-level (ESL) and hardware description language (HDL) design solutions, today announced expansion of its ESL and Embedded Systems Training Program into Europe, with the addition of Fraunhofer IIS as its first European partner.

The program, aimed at simplifying and accelerating SystemC adoption for both novice and advanced users, has grown to include leading SystemC training and consulting companies in the US, Japan, and now, Europe. Fraunhofer IIS offers broad SystemC training and seminar programs that leverage the instituteís cumulative know-how and depth of experience in IC design.

The instituteís pre-defined and customized SystemC technical training's provide hands-on experience with specific tools and design languages. Upon customer request, Fraunhofer IIS can now provide hands-on training that incorporates Summitís VistaTM solution into their training curricula.

Vista, an integrated development environment (IDE) for rapid SystemC based analysis and debug, simplifies basic SystemC training and ramps advanced training with powerful SystemC concepts and sophisticated debugging capabilities.

Vista features comprehensive design traceability that encompasses not only hardware signals, but also any C/C++ object or variable, without requiring source modification or instrumentation. The SystemC learning curve is eased for novice users, while advanced users gain benefits from greater observability into complex SOC designs.

"We are very pleased to have Fraunhofer IIS as our first European partner, as they are well-respected across Europe for their training and consulting services," said Azeddine Bouchiha, Director of SystemC Design Technologies at Summit Design. "By bringing to bear their language, technology and methodology skills, and the essential expertise necessary to support system-level design, Fraunhofer is enabling companies to ensure successful SystemC adoption and deployment."

Adding Summitís Vista to Fraunhoferís hands-on training provides designers with automatic viewing of communication protocols and system-level interfaces to identify transaction function calls between blocks. Vistaís Transaction-Sequence ViewerTM (TSV) supports constructs critical to the hardware portion of system-level design and provides advanced, effortless transaction-level analysis of complex SystemC transaction-level models.

"As a training provider, we have been delivering SystemC training classes for more than five years," explains Karlheinz Ronge, Head of the Digital IC Design Department at Fraunhofer IIS.

"During this period, we have seen a steady demand for an integrated development environment tailored to the specific needs of SystemC developers. Vista offers an easy-to-use framework, entirely based on the popular GNU tool chain, encompassing editor, SystemC aware debugger, and a viewer that can handle visualization of signals and transactions. Using Vista in our SystemC training classes allows the attendees to concentrate on the language and methodology, while being freed from the subtleties of using build-tools, compilers and debuggers. We also use Vista for our own SystemC-based design projects to increase productivity."

About Fraunhofer IIS
Founded in 1985, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen today has 450 staff members. With the development of the audio coding method MP3, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. It provides research services on contract basis and technology licensing.

The research topics are: Audio and video source coding, multimedia realtime systems, digital radio broadcasting and digital cinema systems, integrated circuits and sensor systems, design automation, wireless, wired and optical networks, localization and navigation, imaging systems and nanofocus X-ray technology, high-speed cameras, medical sensor solutions and communications technology in transport and logistics.

The budget of 50 million Euro is mainly financed by projects from industry, the service sector and public authorities. Fraunhofer IIS has a tradition of 20 years in successfully developing and committing training in the area of design tools and methodologies for integrated circuits.

About Summit
Summit Design's industry-leading ESL and HDL solutions enable SOC companies to deliver products that meet system-level performance and power targets with dramatically reduced schedule risk. Summit's products address engineering challenges met during the specification and implementation design phases of complex hardware/software systems. System ArchitectTM enables massive increases in design complexity and performance by analyzing architectural tradeoffs to arrive at optimized system specifications. VistaTM and Visual EliteTM ensure swift, successful design modeling and implementation in SystemC, Verilog, and VHDL.

Top electronics companies worldwide, including leaders in the wireless, automotive, and consumer electronics space, have achieved dramatic reductions in design cycle time through their use of Summit's products. Summit Design is headquartered in Los Altos, Calif. with offices throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Israel, and ROA.

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