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Synopsys adds PowerPC processors to DesignWare library

Posted: 10 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:powerpc 405? 440 processor? designware? rtl?

Synopsys Inc. has begun to offer synthesizable versions of the PowerPC 405 and 440 processors belonging to IBM Corp. as part of its DesignWare intellectual property library, Synopsys said.

Synopsys originally added support for processor cores to DesignWare in October 2001 with processors from ARM Holdings plc, Infineon Technologies AG, MIPS Technologies Inc. and NEC Corp.

In the recent announcement Synopsys said the PowerPC processors would be distributed as "soft" register transfer level (RTL) cores which could be implemented in any foundry process and optimized for power consumption, performance, or silicon area. SystemC models of the PowerPC cores and IBM CoreConnect on-chip buses and peripherals would be distributed in Synopsys' System Studio architecture design and analysis environment, Synopsys said. "Distribution of the synthesizable PowerPC cores through DesignWare Library and the SystemC models in the System Studio tool is a significant and natural extension of our multi-year collaboration with IBM on Power Architecture," said John Chilton, general manager of Synopsys' Solutions Group, in a statement.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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