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Accellera, OSCI team up unifies EDA standards

Posted: 23 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EDA standards? collaboration? chip design?

The Open SystemC Initiative and Accellera Organization Inc. have agreed to create a single body that will unify and strengthen both groups' EDA standards development efforts.

"By forming a combined organization, we will be able to accelerate development of system-level standards that will move electronic design productivity to the next level," said Shishpal Rawat, Accellera chair, in a statement.

A single organization should facilitate system-level standards as well as semiconductor design and verification standards.

Already there is synergy between the two groups: OSCI's TLM-2.0 SystemC Transaction Level Modeling standard and Accellera's Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) need a well-developed unified format for electronic designs.

"We are excited about the opportunity this presents to our members to improve their design productivity with industry standards that encompass system-level, RTL and gate-level design flows," said OSCI chair Eric Lish.

The new organization is expected to be in place by the end of the year with a unified set of policies and procedures. Until then, ongoing standards development activities will continue in both organizations.

OSCI is dedicated to advancing SystemC as an open industry standard for system-level modeling, design and verification. Accellera members cooperatively deliver EDA and IP standards which are transferred to the IEEE standards body for formalization and ongoing change control.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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