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CoWare joins IMEC multimedia development project

Posted: 09 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:imec? multimedia? wireless? programmable?

CoWare Inc., a U.S. based systems-level design tool company, has agreed to work with the IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) engineering group to develop an integrated design flow for multimedia and wireless applications on a programmable platform as part of IMEC's multi-mode multimedia (M4) research program.

The premise of the research is that future mobile terminals will deal with a multitude of communication modes and multimedia applications, and will need to be adaptive; managing communication and computational resources that are distributed and shared. IMEC's M4 integrated research platform aims to resolve the fundamental technological issues for future mobile terminals, allowing the true ubiquitous network environment to become a reality.

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. became the first long-term strategic partner within the multi-mode multimedia (M4) research program in Jan. 2005. Now CoWare and IMEC intend to close the gap between IMEC's proprietary research tools and CoWare's electronic system-level (ESL) design tools. CoWare was founded in 1996 as a spin-off from IMEC.

One of the major targets within the design technology part of the M4 program is to develop an integrated digital design flow for multi-processor based platforms which is applicable for industrial applications. IMEC has an extensive tool suite in support of this design flow and performs research on tools for the design flow that are currently not available on the market, IMEC said.

"IMEC has both mature and preliminary research tools that support multi-processor platform-based design. Our Atomium technology for memory optimization is a perfect example of mature research that IMEC spun out to PowerEscape Inc. in 2003. To create a solution to efficiently design future nomadic embedded systems, our research tools need to be made compatible with state-of-the-art SoC tools," said Rudy Lauwereins, IMEC vice president for design technology, in a statement. "By combining tools and building on CoWare's expertise and other industrial players in HW/SW co-design, we can offer our partners a full solution."

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies





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