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OSCI group seeks IEEE nod for SystemC

Posted: 11 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), a non-profit industry organization backing SystemC as a system-level IC design language, is looking to cement the language's legitimacy by submitting it to the IEEE for standards approval, said OSCI's newly appointed officers.

Last week, the company appointed its new officers, who intend to legitimize the language by submitting the latest version of SystemC, 2.0.1, for IEEE approval.

Guido Arnout, the CoWare Inc. chairman who recently became OSCI's president, said SystemC is out of its incubation and has become a solid language that architects use to create full systems in hardware and software.

"I said many years ago that a system is composed of software running on a hardware platform. In the hardware design world, folks don't like to think of it that way, but in truth software is a huge part of SoC design-the biggest part. I know one company in Japan that uses 3 million lines of software for its cellphones," Arnout said.

SystemC is used by customers today to design real chips and systems, he said. "EDA companies support the language, and now we want to see it grow in adoption and become approved by the IEEE," he said.

The language has been pegged, largely by hardware designers, as an inferior competitor to SystemVerilog, a language backed by Synopsys Inc. and now undergoing approval by the Accellera standards organization as the next-generation hardware design language after Verilog and VHDL.

OSCI also recently added Accellera chairman Dennis Brophy to its board. Brophy is director of strategic business development at Model Technology Inc.

Arnout said that he and Brophy are not at odds over next-generation design languages and have in fact co-authored an article that will appear in the near future on describing how SystemC and SystemVerilog can coexist.

Takashi Hasegawa, project manager for the SoC design solution department of the digital consumer products solution division in the LSI Group of Fujitsu Ltd., remains as OSCI's chairman. John Goodenough, general manager of design methodology at ARM Ltd., and Masamichi Kawarabayashi, senior engineering manager of the EDA department at the U.S. technology center of NEC Electronics Inc., remain as OSCI board members.

Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s new OSCI representative is Stuart Swan, a senior architect in the System Design Verification Group at Cadence.

Synopsys' new representative is Johannes Stahl, director of marketing in the firm's verification technology group.

Mike Meridith, VP of technical marketing at Forte Design Systems, will serve as OSCI's executive director.

- Michael Santarini

EE Times

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