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Synopsys announces platform support for Sun processor

Posted: 30 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? Galaxy Design? Verification Platform? Sun Microsystems? UltraSPARC?

Synopsys Inc. announced its Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification Platform support for Sun Microsystems' UltraSPARC T1 processor, for which Sun recently announced the release of hardware design specifications under an open-source GNU GPL license. According to the press release, this same extensive portfolio of electronic design automation (EDA) tools has been used by the Sun Microsystems engineering team to implement and verify the UltraSPARC T1 processor in silicon.

The UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology is an industry standard multithreaded processor with up to eight 4-way multithreaded cores and a typical processor power consumption of 72W, delivering 32 simultaneous threads. Sun recently announced that it is making the UltraSPARC T1 processor hardware design and verification suite available to the engineering community via an open source model. The open source release will yield new hardware, software, tools and applications which can be readily produced.

Sun's UltraSPARC T1 open source release includes synthesizable Verilog RTL source code, OpenVera test suites, monitors, and coverage objects as well as scripts supporting the use of Synopsys' Design Compiler synthesis and VCS RTL verification tools. For the development and verification of the UltraSPARC T1, Sun engineers used the Galaxy Design Platform solution for RTL synthesis, design planning, physical synthesis, place and route, and timing sign-off, and the Discovery Verification Platform for RTL verification, testbench automation, transistor-level analysis, and formal verification of custom logic and memories.

"Sun and Synopsys have been long-time collaborators in the engineering and academic communities, offering a breadth of solutions for complex design and verification challenges," said Rich Goldman, vice president of strategic market development at Synopsys, in a statement. "With the introduction of Sun's OpenSPARC initiative, design engineers, researchers and educators alike can benefit from the combination of Synopsys' advanced EDA tools and Sun's unique chip multi-threading technology."

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