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Synopsys, IBM collaborate on PowerPC processor models

Posted: 22 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:synopsys? ibm? powerpc 405? powerpc 440? processor?

Synopsys Inc. announced fully synthesizable versions of IBM's PowerPC 405 and 440 processors as part of the DesignWare Star IP (intellectual property) program. The IBM PowerPC processors will be distributed as fully soft register transfer level (RTL) cores which can be implemented in any foundry process and configured to product design requirements, including low power, high performance or small silicon area.

SystemC models of the PowerPC cores and associated peripherals will be distributed in Synopsys' System Studio architecture design and analysis environment. These transaction-level models can help product architects to efficiently explore high-level architectural trade-offs before committing to a specific implementation, and to facilitate pre-silicon hardware/software integration. The combination of SystemC models, the synthesizable PowerPC cores and design services can give designers a complete PowerPC solution spanning all facets of SoC design from system-level design to implementation, said Synopsys.

Developed in close collaboration between IBM and the Synopsys Professional Services and DesignWare IP teams, the foundry-independent processor models support a broad range of design tools in the Synopsys Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification platforms.

"There is tremendous demand for process portable versions of Power Architecture-based microprocessor cores for many applications within communications, consumer electronics and automotive segments," said Ron Martino, director of PowerPC Products at IBM. "This collaboration with Synopsys gives designers the ability to quickly implement customized Power Architecture based applications in world-leading semiconductor technologies."


Design Views, including the simulation and timing models, a verification environment, and full documentation for the PowerPC 405 and 440, are available at no additional charge to DesignWare Library customers. For an additional fee, DesignWare Library users may license from IBM the Implementation Views of the core, including the fully synthesizable RTL. Synopsys will deliver the Implementation Views and will provide technical support. The Design Views can be downloaded from Synopsys' website.

SystemC models of the PowerPC 405 and 440 and selected CoreConnect peripherals are planned to be released with the System Studio tool in Q3 2005.

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