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ESL at DAC – Day 3 – While you were not looking … ESL is already over $200M!

On Wednesday Mentor hosted its 6th Annual ESL Symposium here at DAC. The panel gave a great overview of the ESL space. ESL Synthesis and Virtual Platforms for pre-silicon software development seemed to come out as the two areas of ESL with the most adoption so far.

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Blogging from DAC – Day 3

OK, here we are again from DAC and topic of today is multicore. Sumit Gupta from Nvidia and I had some interesting discussions around it, both using Multicore for our tools and using our tools for multicore. A good example is the NVidia Cuda architecture as introduced by Chris from NVidia during Sunday’s General Chair’s Reception.

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Blogging from DAC – Day 2

Ok, my calls have been heard. Here you see us on day 2 chatting away in the Synopsys booth. TLM-2.0 has been very well received and one of the topics of interest is how to further enhance the ecosystem now that the models have become fully interoperable. A lot of ESL service providers are also interested to partner further so that we can provide better joint solutions to you, our customers.

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ESL at DAC’08 – Monday – SystemC TLM-2.0 is “irresistible”!

Monday kicked of here in Anaheim with announcements of OSCI introducing the completion of the SystemC TLM-2.0 API standard. We at Synopsys sent out a release in parallel documenting our support.

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Blogging from DAC

So, I have to admit that I am a bit oldfashioned and that this blogging is a little new for me. Janick and I are sitting here in the Synopsys booth and are blgging away. Come visit us for technical chats if you like – the booth is comfy and fun, they are doing a killer coffee here and the technical discussions are great!

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SystemC TLM-2.0: Why it is a big deal!

Well, we are here, finally! After Synopsys contributed key technologies in early 2007 the age of proprietary virtual platforms seems to come to an end with the announcement that the TLM-2.0 API for transaction based interoperability has been finalized. We at Synopsys immediately announced that we are fully endorsing the standard and that we will support it in our DesignWare System-Level Library and Innovator product lines.

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Electronic System Level Design at DAC’08 – Sunday

I am at the Design Automation Conference here in Anaheim this week. While my three-year old daughter has her first Disneyland experience (go princesses!) I am attending several sessions and panels, but will mostly interact with customers.

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Moving towards ESL – History repeats itself!

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD – 180 AD), Meditations, 200 A.D.

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Bring in the Models!

Well, Grant Martin gave me a very kind endorsement recently in his Blog “Taken for Granted”. Thanks! To give some background, besides the 300 days of sunshine here in California, Grant was actually involved in bringing me over here ten years ago. He was part of the Felix team at the time and I was hired in to help drive the initiative which eventually resulted in some cool products – VCC for Function Architecture Co-Design. Ten years too early, but the technology foundation was solid and the results were quite promising. For the EDA history enthusiasts, Bill Murray actually wrote very nice chapters on Cadence’s VCC and Synopsys Behavioral Compiler as trailblazers in “ESL Design and Verification – A Prescription for Electronic System Level Methodology”, which Grant co-authored.

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May you live in interesting times …

Well, even though Robert F. Kennedy referenced this phrase as a Chinese proverb in 1966, the origins do not seem to be Chinese though. For us at the front end of chip and system design however, at the system-level times hardly could be more interesting.

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