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Simpod Delivers a Co-Verification Solution for the Motorola MPC7450 PowerPC™ Microprocessor

SANTA CLARA, California, June 14, 2001 - Simpod Inc., an EDA company in the embedded systems verification space, today announced announced support for the Motorola MPC7450 PowerPC™ microprocessor for use with the Company's DeskPODTM modeling system.

DeskPOD utilizes Motorola MPC7450 silicon to provide a cycle-accurate model for use with Verilog and VHDL simulators and interfaces with the GNU Debugger to provide a software development environment based on simulation netlist. Unlike software models, DeskPOD provides full MPC7450 functionality and complete software execution capability. "Customers are telling us that using bus functional models is just one component of verifying a design connected to the MPC7450 and does not allow them to test a real code on it" said Yiftach Tzori, CTO at Simpod. "This became especially important for multiprocessor designs where cache coherency is the most difficult verification challenge."

"Simpod has extensive experience working with Power PC processors from Motorola, "said Brian Wilkie, corporate vice president and general manager for Motorola's Computing Platform Division. "Their DeskPOD modeling system will help our customers more easily simulate high performance MPC7450 Power PC system designs, resulting in accelerated time to market and enhanced product portfolios".

DeskPOD is used during logic simulation by hardware engineers to verify ASIC and FPGA designs which interface to the MPC7450, and by software for testing system initialization software, diagnostic software and device drivers.

Simpod's MPC7450 model also showcases one of DeskPOD's key technologies, software programmable voltages. The MPC7450 operates with an I/O voltage of 1.8V or 2.5 V. DeskPOD can accommodate devices with voltages as low as 1.25 V and can provide up to four independent voltages that are software programmable.

About the Motorola MPC7450 PowerPC™ Microprocessor
Friday, June 15, 2001 11:45:08 The MPC7450 microprocessor is the newest and highest performing member of the PowerPC microprocessor family which is used extensively in network control, telecommunications, high-end embedded systems, scientific and computing applications. The MPC7450 runs on low power 1.6V design with speeds up to 733 MHz. A unique L2 private memory mode allows the L2 cache memory to be used as either a fast backside cache or as high-speed system memory. The MPC7450 AltiVec™ SIMD technology provides 128-bit vector processing for additional gains in performance.


DeskPOD is available now. Models are available for the following PowerPC microprocessors from Motorola: MPC850/60, MPC8260, MPC603e, MPC740/50, MPC7400, MPC7410 and MPC7450.

About DeskPOD
Packaged in a convenient desktop form factor, the DeskPOD hardware modeling unit supports up to 600 fully programmable signals that are connected between a digital device and a logic simulation environment. DeskPOD delivers PowerPC models of unprecedented performance and accuracy. Multiple DeskPOD units can be incorporated into the verification process to deliver a complete board or system simulation environment. DeskPOD models are tightly coupled with today's most popular logic simulators including Verilog-XLTM and NC-VerilogTM from Cadence Design Systems, VCSTM from Synopsys, ModelSimTM from Mentor Graphics, and Super FinsimTM from Fintronic USA.

About Simpod, Inc.
Simpod, Inc. offers a new generation of high-performance hardware modeling systems for use in the design and verification of digital electronic systems. The company's technologies are incorporated in the DeskPOD product for use in design and verification of embedded systems. More information about the company and its products may be obtained from the World Wide Web at


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