Simpod Announces Support For System Design Using Sandcraft Microprocessor IP With DeskPOD
SandCraft Employs DeskPOD 200 for Internal Functional Testing
Santa Clara, CA - June 15, 1998 - Simpod, Inc. today announced that its DeskPODTM family of high-performance modeling systems supports the 64-bit RISC architecture microprocessor and cores developed by SandCraft, Inc. Engineers creating system-on-chip (SoC) designs can use the DeskPOD systems with SandCraft's cores to speed time to market. The DeskPOD platform enables SoC designers to mix their own hardware description language (HDL) code with silicon based on SandCraftís designs to rapidly model, debug, and prototype their combined hardware and software systems before manufacturing chips.
"We are working to certify a complete portfolio of high-end as well as peripheral IP for the DeskPOD family," said Richard Curtin, CEO of Simpod. "We're pleased to support the SandCraft microprocessor cores as the latest addition to our portfolio. As SoC design methodology proliferates, we expect SandCraft's IP to play a strong role in the embedded systems and consumer electronics markets."
SandCraft is a semiconductor intellectual property developer that designs and licenses advanced microprocessors and cores for digital electronic products. The company recently collaborated with NEC Electronics in the design of the NEC VR5400 microprocessor family, considered by industry observers to be one of the most powerful processor architectures designed specifically for embedded applications. The VR5400ís performance is achieved through the use of NECís advanced 0.25-micron drawn process technology and advanced features of the design, including a dual-issue superscalar architecture, multimedia extensions, floating-point capability, a 64KB on-chip cache and a 64-bit data bus.
SandCraft is currently using the DeskPOD 200 for functional testing of a newly developed processor. The versatile DeskPOD system allows SandCraft's engineers to run not only its existing Verilog simulation testbench, but also "live" software applications on the bonded-out part.
"The DeskPOD is a fast, efficient platform for our early testing of new devices," said Mike Gupta, chief engineer for SandCraft. "It plugs right into our network, integrates easily with our design and verification environment, and saves us significant effort and time. With these efficiencies, the DeskPOD system promises to be a very cost-effective vehicle for engineering teams who want to evaluate microprocessors and microprocessor cores and integrate them into their SoC design projects."
About the DeskPOD
The Simpod modeling system satisfies a variety of design and verification requirements while easily co-existing with the user's current development environment. DeskPOD provides the hardware engineer with quick time-to-modeling and the potential for significant performance improvements over RTL simulation.
Concurrent with the hardware design and verification effort, software engineers can run DeskPOD through a "C" API to verify embedded firmware or driver code intended for use in the target system. In this fashion, the software engineer gains access to the actual system blocks much sooner in the co-development schedule, allowing early validation of the code versus the system specification. Additionally, the DeskPOD socket can be connected to another subsystem by use of a cable, allowing the code to be tested in-circuit.
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