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Georgia Marszalek, Simpod Public Relations Counsel, 650-345-7477,

Simpod Delivers HW/SW Co-Verification for the Motorola MPC7400 PowerPC Microprocessor

Santa Clara, California, February 1, 2000, DesignCon- Simpod Inc. (Santa, Clara, CA), an EDA company focused on modeling for improving the verification of electronic systems, today announced support for the Motorola MPC7400 PowerPC™ microprocessor for use with the Company's DeskPOD™ modeling system.

DeskPOD utilizes Motorola MPC7400 silicon to provide a complete model with the accuracy demanded by hardware engineers and the performance and ease of use required by software engineers. Unlike software models, DeskPOD provides full MPC7400 functionality and complete software debugging capability through the GNU debugger for PowerPC microprocessors

"Simpod enables MPC7400 design wins by providing a model which allows verification of the MPX bus protocol," said Phil Brownfield, PowerPC Development Tools Manager, Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. "Accurate models are critical for our customers to simulate their PowerPC system designs."

DeskPOD is used during logic simulation by hardware engineers to verify ASIC and FPGA designs which interface to the MPC7400, and by software developers in a HW/SW co-verification environment for testing system initialization software, diagnostic software and device drivers.

About the Motorola MPC7400 PowerPC Microprocessor
The MPC7400 microprocessor is the newest and highest performing member of the PowerPC microprocessor family which is used extensively in networking, telecommunications, other high-end embedded systems, scientific computing, and desktop computer markets. Motorola's newest generation PowerPC microprocessor supports up to two megabytes of backside L2 cache, twice that of the highly-regarded MPC750 microprocessor. Simpod's MPC7400 model supports the new high-bandwidth MPX bus featuring reduced idle cycles, full data streaming for burst reads and writes, increased address pipelining, out-of-order transactions, and data intervention in multiprocessing systems.

Price and Availability
DeskPOD is available now. Pricing begins at $30,000 (USD). Models are available for the following PowerPC microprocessors: MPC850/60, MPC8260, MPC603e, MPC740/50 and MPC7400

About DeskPOD
Packaged in a convenient desktop form factor, the DeskPOD hardware modeling unit supports up to 608 fully programmable signals that are connected between a digital device and a logic simulation environment. DeskPOD delivers unprecedented performance and accuracy for complex digital devices such as microprocessors, bus interface components, system controllers, and networking interface chips. Unlike other modeling technologies, DeskPOD models are created in days instead of months or years. 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. DeskPOD also offers integration with software debuggers such as GNU gdb to provide a true co-verification solution.

About Simpod Inc.
Simpod offers a new generation of high-performance 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 and SoC designs. More information about the company and its products can be found at


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EDA   Electronic Design Automation
HW/SW   Hardware and Software
SoC   Systems-on-Chip

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