Monday, January 19, 2009
ABI Research believes that the video surveillance market is poised for explosive growth, which the firm forecasts to expand from revenue of about $13.5 billion in 2006 to a remarkable $46 billion in 2013.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Language for System-Level Modeling, Design and Verification
Ratified as IEEE Std. 1666™-2005, SystemC™ is a language built in standard C++ by extending the language with the use of class libraries. SystemC addresses the need for a system design and verification language that spans hardware and software. The language is particularly suited to model system's partitioning, to evaluate and verify the assignment of blocks to either hardware or software implementations, and to architect and measure the interactions between and among functional blocks. Leading companies in the intellectual property (IP), electronic design automation (EDA), semiconductor, electronic systems, and embedded software industries currently use SystemC for architectural exploration, to deliver high-performance hardware blocks at various levels of abstraction and to develop virtual platforms for hardware/software co-design.
An SoC is literally a system on a chip, consisting of both silicon and embedded software. Its design involves complex algorithm and architecture development and analysis similar to that performed in system design – a trade-off process that determines critical metrics, such as SOC performance, functionality, and power consumption.
Consequently, design tools must deliver orders-of-magnitude improvement in productivity at both architectural and implementation (RT and physical) levels. Moreover, tools must support a methodology that enables the early development of embedded application and system software, long before the availability of the RTL design or silicon prototype. Failure to achieve the requisite improvements in design productivity would result in missed market windows, and exploding design costs.
SystemC is a single, unified design and verification language that expresses architectural and other system-level attributes in the form of open-source C++ classes. It enables design and verification at the system level, independent of any detailed hardware and software implementation, as well as enabling co-verification with RTL design. This higher level of abstraction enables considerably faster, more productive architectural trade-off analysis, design, and redesign than is possible at the more detailed RT level. Furthermore, verification of system architecture and other system-level attributes is orders of magnitude faster than that at the pin-accurate, timing-accurate RT level.
The SystemC community consists of a large and growing number of system design companies, semiconductor companies, intellectual property providers, and EDA tool vendors who have joined together to support and promote the standard.
System Design with SystemC
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
2. Telepresence Company of the Year 2008 - Cisco TelePresence
3. Video-enabled Unified Communications Company of the Year 2008 - RADVISION
4. Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2008 - Aethra Electra roll-about, High Definition videoconferencing system
5. Industry Leader of the Year 2008 - Fredrik Halvorsen, CEO of TANDBERG since December 2005
The Editor's Choice of "The 10 Best New Video Conferencing Systems of the Year 2006" is
Monday, January 5, 2009
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C-to-Silicon Compiler is the first product delivered from a new initiative codenamed Sydney and was developed within an internal incubation group headed by Michael McNamara, vice president/general manager, C-To-Silicon Compiler. The product aims are twofold: to bridge the gap between the use of C as a design language and RTL description of the design, and to improve the silicon implementation of the design by providing a direct link between manufacturing constraints and the C description.
The new product is not meant to compete with custom design projects, explains Ran Avinun, marketing group director, System Design and Verification, which must take advantage of specific optimizations available only with the use of existing tools and methods. By focusing just on IP meant for re-use, the new tool can provide good quality of results while saving the time required to optimize the design through the use of traditional Hardware Description Languages (HDL).
2. The flow and methodology enabled by C-to-Silicon Compiler.
Figure 1 shows the flow and methodology enabled by C-to-Silicon Compiler. The Technology Library and Design Constraints are input separately from the source code of the design, enabling easier retargeting. The synthesis capability is provided by the Encounter RTL Compiler engine which is embedded in the tool. Mr. McNamara explained that the use of the proprietary Cadence synthesis engine does not prohibit engineers from taking the output of the new tool at the RTL format and use another third party synthesis tool to complete the production of a manufacturing ready design. In this way Cadence is not limiting the market of the new offering to just its own customers base, claims Mr. Avinun.
According to Mr. McNamara in addition to the capabilities already described, the new tool incorporates technology that enables parallel optimization of control and datapath logic, incremental synthesis for faster Engineering Change Order (ECO) handling, and generates Fast Hardware Models (FHM) that accelerate verification when the design team uses the Incisive Verification tool from Cadence. Although the FHM models are designed to meet the OSCI TLM 1.0 specification, and are scheduled to be updated to the just released 2.0 standard, they do also take advantage of Cadence's proprietary technology and are therefore, not usable with third party simulators.
For designers interested in verifying the equivalence of the C and RTL descriptions of the design, the new tool offers a direct integration with the SLEC product from Calypto.
The Cadence C-to-Silicon Compiler is available now in limited production. C-to-Silicon Compiler will be demonstrated during the DA SHOW/CDNLive! conference starting July 17.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
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