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Summit Design launches IP interoperability initiative

Posted: 13 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP Initiative? interoperability? IP? intellectual property? Summit Design?

Summit Design Inc., a provider of electronic system-level (ESL) and hardware description language (HDL) design solutions, announced the launch of its Intellectual Property (IP) Initiative, which aims to address IP interoperability issues at the system level.

Through this initiative, Summit intends to: work with IP vendors to build and distribute a library of transaction-level IP models that are pre-tested to work together; and equip these IP models for system-level design analysis, debugging, architectural exploration and performance analysis.

According to the company, effective SoC design requires high levels of IP assembly and reuse. However, there is a profusion of disparate TLM (transaction-level model) methodologies causing interoperability issues to persist. IP vendors support a variety of operating systems versions, multiple simulation environments, and various proprietary simulators. This mix is said to complicate interoperability issues.

Summit said it will work with IP partners to address these interoperability issues and to define, drive, and provide a library of SystemC TLMs. Summit plans to leverage open source common infrastructures, including the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) reference simulator and its OSCI TLM standard, the Open Core Protocol International Partnership TLM bus interface standard, and the GNU C Compiler. Partner IP will be enhanced to support of advanced analysis, debugging and design management features using Summit's Vista and Visual Elite, and annotated with calls for architecture exploration, component selection, parameterization and virtual product management using Panorama. Summit will also distribute and perform first-level support for this library of components.

The IP Initiative is said to benefit customers by focusing on addressing IP interoperability issues. It will enable IP to be shipped in a standard model selection platform using Panorama. Customers will be able to configure the IP, and perform architectural exploration and performance analysis.

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