SiTel Selects Target's Chess/Checkers Retargetable Tool Suite

3/13/2006 - Target Compiler Technologies announced that it has signed a multi-year license agreement with SiTel Semiconductor, for the use by SiTel of Target's Chess/Checkers retargetable tool suite. SiTel, a leading supplier of chipsets for cordless communication, is using the Chess/Checkers tool suite in the design and programming of both its current and next generation chip sets for its cordless communication platform. Today, SiTel has a global market share of more than 30% of Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephony (DECT) chip sets and won the market for cordless gamepads.

Target's Chess/Checkers product is the leading retargetable tool-suite for the design, programming and verification of application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs). Chess/Checkers offers an optimising C compiler, assembler, linker, instruction-set simulator, hardware description language generator, test-program generator, and on-chip debugging environment for ASIPs. The tools are retargetable to a wide range of processor architectures based on the processor description language nML. The tools support architectural exploration, to design the best possible ASIP for each particular application domain.

SiTel's choice for Target's ASIP design tools is driven by the company's direction towards more advanced flexible systems-on-a-chip (SoC) with differentiating features for next-generation wireless systems, which may include e.g. VoIP telephony, home entertainment, gaming, and headset functions. Under the multi-year license agreement with SiTel, Target not only provides its retargetable tool suite for the design by SiTel of new ASIPs, but also it will deliver processor-specific software development kits (SDKs) to be sub-licensed by SiTel to its customers to enable them to program SiTel's future ASIPs.

"For our next-generation chip-sets, we needed a design technology to quickly create and customise new ASIPs, supported by efficient C-based programming tools that can be given in the hands of our customers," said René Kohlmann, Technical Director of Sitel. "Our existing GenDSP very-long instruction word processor already provided us with a small footprint, low power processor solution, but it lacked the flexibility to adapt the architecture to the application, and in spite of our customers' demand we could not offer them any programming tools to run their own software on the GenDSP," Kohlmann added.

"In our first project, SiTel's existing GenDSP was described in Target's processor modelling language nML. A complete set of software development tools was available in about one month of time, and the VHDL hardware design could be completed a few weeks later," René Kohlmann commented. "We were more than excited to find out that the processor's footprint could be reduced even more by introducing encoded instruction words and smaller register sets, while at the same time an efficient C compiler, simulator, and debugging environment became available to develop the application software. For our C code benchmarks, the C compiler produced optimised machine code with the same execution time and smaller program code size than our manually optimised implementation on the existing GenDSP."

"We are extremely pleased with the strong commitment from an important wireless semiconductor vendor like SiTel," stated Gert Goossens, CEO of Target. "Building on its strong expertise in cordless communication platforms, SiTel has developed a clear vision on future flexible SoC devices. We are happy that SiTel has selected Target's Chess/Checkers technology to create and program the ASIP cores that are at the heart of these systems."

About SiTel Semiconductor
ASiTel Semiconductor BV was established in June 2005 after a management buy-out from National Semiconductor Corporation. SiTel is a specialist in the field of design, manufacturing and marketing of high-performance digital cordless communication ICs. The company's leading-edge products include CMOS radio transceivers and baseband processors. In addition SiTel offers complete voice/data modules with embedded software. SiTel's hardware platform targets a large range of cordless applications from basic up to high-end. These applications include cordless phones, conference phones, PABX products, headsets, set-top boxes, home entertainment systems and cordless gamepads. SiTel has its headquarters in 's-Hertogenbosch, and a satellite design centre in Hengelo, the Netherlands, with regional sales offices in Hong Kong, Japan and (soon) the U.S. SiTel strives to become the world's number one supplier for digital cordless communication ICs.

About Target Compiler Technologies
Target Compiler Technologies NV is the leading provider of retargetable software tools to accelerate the design, programming and verification of flexible processor cores, from embedded processors to programmable ASICs. Target's Chess/Checkers tool-suite has been applied by customers worldwide to design application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) for diverse application domains, including GSM and WCDMA handsets, VoIP, audio coding, car infotainment, ADSL and VDSL modems, wireless LAN, hearing instruments, mobile image processing and various control and interfacing applications. Target is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has distribution channels in different parts of the world. Target is a spin-off of IMEC.

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