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Hideko Duscha, Simpod, (408) 330-9309,


Cycle-accurate model for IBM PowerPC 403GC provides for faster and better embedded system verification

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 29, 2001, DesignCon- Simpod Inc., an EDA company in the embedded systems verification space, today announced that it has added a model for the IBM (NYSE: IBM) PowerPC 403GC microprocessor to its family of PowerPC models for use with its DeskPODTM modeling and system verification product.

DeskPOD is a desktop system that uses the actual silicon to provide cycle-accurate models for use with Verilog and VHDL simulators. Unlike software models, DeskPOD's modeling capability provides full functionality and complete software execution capability.

Unlike other HW/SW Co-Verification solutions for the PPC403GC, DeskPOD provides a complete model of all device peripherals and an easy to use software debugging interface through the GNU debugger for PowerPC microprocessors.

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

DeskPOD also supports models for IBM's PPC603e, PPC750, and PPC750CX PowerPC processors.

About the PowerPC 403GC
The PowerPC 403GC is a 32-bit RISC embedded controller that combines high performance and functional integration with low power consumption. On-chip caches and integrated device control functions reduce system chip count and design complexity, while improving system throughput. For more information, please visit:

Price and Availability
DeskPOD with MIPS processor modeling capability is available now. Pricing begins at $58,000 (USD).

More About DeskPOD
DeskPOD improves verification of embedded systems designs by using the actual processor silicon to model designs faster and more accurately. 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 those from Cadence Design Systems (NYSE:CDN), Synopsys (NASDAQ:SNPS), Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ:MENT) and Fintronic USA.

About Simpod, Inc.
Simpod, Inc. offers high-performance hardware modeling systems for use in the design and verification of digital electronic systems. The company's technologies are incorporated in its DeskPOD product for use in the 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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ASIC   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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