TECHNOLOGY, COMPUTERS, INTEGRATED circuit design, RTL (Computer program language), and SYSTEMS on a chip
The article reports that technology for creating accurate virtual prototypes of complex systems is available and its uptake is only being limited by ingrained design culture. Instead of designing raster transfer language (RTL), simulating, debugging, going to silicon and then respinning to fix any problems, VaST Systems Technology Corp. said that its virtual prototyping tools are capable of creating systems on a chip models with 95 to 100 per cent of the accuracy of RTL. These can be used to enable the co-development of software, and for the functional verification of the hardware.
PROTOTYPES, COMPUTER peripherals, INTEGRATED circuit design, and ELECTRIC potential
The article reports that the semiconductor manufacturing company Microchip Technology Inc. offers prototyping solution for motor control system. Topics mentioned include the function of the motor control library for the dsPIC33F and dsPIC33E DSC peripherals, the accuracy of the motorBench Development Suite for motor control and the high-voltage development system.
The article reports that Vast Systems Technology Corp. has launched the latest version of its virtual system prototyping (VSP) tool, which will be easier to incorporate into design flows. The tool, 1-SOURCE, aims to simplify the use of a VSP by replacing the various different model types with a single cycle accurate virtual processor model that can be used for architecture, software and hardware development.
Electronics Weekly. 1/21/2004, Issue 2130, p16-16. 1/5p. 1 Color Photograph.
DATABASE design, SYSTEMS design, COST control, ELECTRONIC data processing, INTEGRATED circuit design, and ELECTRONIC circuit design
The article presents a method to keep down costs in design environments. Developing increasingly complex Integrated Circuits and system-on-chip devices is an expensive business. To build predictability into the flow and reduce costs, the Electronic Data Access (EDA) industry must undergo a restructuring, similar to the one that consumer software went through when Microsoft Office replaced individual programs such as Lotus and WordPerfect. The majority of EDA environments comprise a large number of point tools hooked into a central design database. A modern design environment must be based on an underlying architecture that supports the efficient sharing of key components and provides consistent views of the design, from conception through prototyping to implementation.
FIELD programmable gate arrays, PROTOTYPE software, SYSTEMS on a chip, INTEGRATED circuit design, and EMBEDDED computer systems
The article discusses the importance role of field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-prototypes in the speed requirements of concurrent verification. It states that the prototypes provide the user a true hardware and software verification and integration platform. It also cites the increase of software content in complex system-on-chip (SoC) devices.