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SystemC synthesis under $2,000 debuts

Posted: 20 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:orange tree technologies? systemcrafter? systemc? synthesis? fpga?

British EDA startups Orange Tree Technologies and SystemCrafter have teamed to make SystemC synthesis more affordable for the masses. The partners have jointly introduced a bundle for programming FPGAs based on the SystemC language.

The bundle consists of a new SystemC-to-VHDL compiler called SystemCrafter SC from SystemCrafter and an FPGA development board called ZestSC1 from Orange Tree.

According to the two companies, SystemCrafter SC automatically synthesizes hardware designs written in SystemC to VHDL, which in turn can be used with commonly available tools to target Xilinx FPGAs. This allows engineers and programmers to design, debug and simulate hardware and systems using their existing C++ development environment, said Orange Tree and SystemCrafter.

The companies also said that where most other SystemC and proprietary C-to-hardware tools cost tens of thousand of dollars, often for just a one-year subscription, SystemCrafter SC costs $995 for a perpetual license for the compiler alone, or $1,490, when bundled with the ZestSC1 development board.

SystemCrafter SC allows users to control scheduling and allocation. The same SystemC testbench can be used to verify the design at all stages, the press release said.

Simulation can be performed with a standard C++ compiler and free class libraries from the Open SystemC Initiative, the companies said.

ZestSC1 is a desktop FPGA development board with high speed 480Mbps USB interface, 8MB of SRAM and a Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA with 1 million logic gates, which can be programmed by the compiler.

The package can be purchased direct from the SystemCrafter website. A free evaluation version of SystemCrafter SC can also be downloaded and used for 30 days.

- Mike Santarini

EE Times

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