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

Simpod Delivers Cycle-Accurate Model for the Motorola MPC7410 PowerPC Microprocessor

San Jose, California, September 26, 2000, Embedded Systems Conference- Simpod Inc. (Santa Clara, CA), an EDA company in the embedded systems verification space, today announced support for the Motorola Inc.'s (NYSE: MOT) MPC7410 PowerPC™ microprocessor for use with Simpod's DeskPOD™ modeling system...

DeskPOD utilizes Motorola MPC7410 silicon to provide a cycle-accurate model for use with Verilog and VHDL simulators. Unlike software models, Simpod's DeskPOD provides full MPC7410 functionality and complete software execution capability.

"Customers tell us that using bus functional models cannot completely verify a design connected to the MPC7410," said Jason Andrews, VP of Marketing at Simpod. "This is especially true for multiprocessor designs where cache coherency is the most difficult verification challenge."

"Simpod's experience with Motorola's PowerPC microprocessors is an asset to our customers that simulate PowerPC system designs," said Phil Brownfield, PowerPC Technical Marketing Manager, Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. "DeskPOD is a vehicle for our customers to get to market sooner with high-performance MPC7410 PowerPC systems."

DeskPOD is used during logic simulation by hardware engineers to verify ASIC and FPGA designs which interface to the MPC7410, and by software for testing system initialization software, diagnostic software and device drivers.

Simpod's MPC7410 model showcases one of DeskPOD's key technologies, software programmable voltages. The MPC7410 operates with a core voltage of 1.8 V and 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 MPC7410 PowerPC Microprocessor
The MPC7410 is the newest and highest performing member of Motorola's PowerPC microprocessor family which is used extensively in network control and storage, telecommunications, high-end embedded, scientific and computing applications. The MPC7410 runs on less power and implements Motorola's high-bandwidth MPX system bus. 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 MPC7410 AltiVec™ SIMD technology provides 128-bit vector processing for additional gains in performance.

Price and Availability
DeskPOD is available now.
Pricing begins at $58,000 (USD).
Models are available for the following PowerPC microprocessors: MPC850/60, MPC8260, MPC603e, MPC740/50, MPC7400 and MPC7410

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 (NYSE: CDN), VCSTM from Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS), ModelSimTM from Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT), 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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DMA   Application Specific Integrated Circuit
EDA   Electronic Design Automation
FPGA   Field Programmable Gate Array
HDL   Hardware Description Language
HW/SW   Hardware and Software

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