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Forte synthesis tool accelerates RTL delivery

Posted: 12 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:forte design systems? cynthesizer? behavioral synthesis? systemc? rtl?

Forte Design Systems has disclosed that its recently released Cynthesizer is the first behavioral synthesis product to offer an implementation path from SystemC to RTL, verification and co-simulation.

According to Forte, the Cynthesizer accelerates RTL delivery for ICs and SoCs by automatically generating optimized RTL code from a C++ / SystemC algorithmic description.

"The critical enablers for the electronics industry's move to the next design abstraction level are identical to those that enabled the transition from gate-level to RTL - a viable language, simulation, and most importantly, synthesis," said President and CEO Jacob Jacobsson. "Forte's behavioral synthesis breakthrough enables the use of the next level of design abstraction and serves as an ESL catalyst by surmounting the complexity issues at 90nm."

The new behavioral synthesis tool offers designers an automated path from high-level algorithms to RTL, including synthesis, verification and co-simulation, allowing designers to investigate and automatically validate multiple RTL implementations based on user directives without modification to the original design.

"With 10-100X fewer lines of code than RTL design, more and more project teams are starting their hardware designs at the behavioral level using C/C++ algorithms and SystemC models," said Brett Cline, marketing VP. "With Cynthesizer, designers can take their existing algorithms and automatically create verified high quality RTL implementations in days rather than the months required with conventional RTL design."

Using un-timed high-level SystemC models, the Cynthesizer automatically builds a fully timed RTL hardware implementation based on an external set of constraints created by the user. The tool outputs industry-standard RTL targeted for a number of downstream flows and products, such as commonly used simulators and logic synthesis tools.

The behavioral synthesis tool also includes a combination of behavioral synthesis functions, including automation of tasks such as operation scheduling, cycle timing, control and data path design, resource allocation and RTL generation.

The Cynthesizer is available on both Linux and Solaris platforms, with prices starting at $250,000 per year for a time-based license.

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