Forte Unveils Cynthesizer Ultra, Next-Generation High-level Synthesis
Cynthesizer Ultra, Latest Version of Cynthesizer Simplify Design, Improve Circuit Performance, Reduce Chip Costs to Create Better Designs Faster
SAN JOSE, CALIF. May 19, 2010 Forte Design Systems today launched Cynthesizer Ultra, its high-level SystemC synthesis software tightly integrated with its CellMath product family to create better designs faster.
Additionally, Fortes flagship Cynthesizer SystemC high-level synthesis software, used in more than 200 production ASIC and SoC silicon tapeouts since 2002, includes new capabilities that reduce design time, improve power utilization and accelerate verification performance.
Both products, available now in volume shipments, simplify hardware and electronic system level (ESL) design to improve circuit performance and reduce chip costs.
Cynthesizer and Cynthesizer Ultra are redefining the way hardware is designed and making it fun for hardware designers again, says Brett Cline, Fortes vice president of marketing and sales. The Cynthesizer product family raises the abstraction level of design by automating mundane tasks while providing the quality of results, power reduction and support for the overall ESL design flow required for cutting edge hardware design.
Introducing Cynthesizer Ultra
Fortes CellMath technology and patented intellectual property (IP) offers improved quality of results by creating better datapath components. Integrating Cynthesizer with CellMath Designer datapath optimization and CellMath intellectual property (IP) gives design teams a way to create better designs using more optimized building blocks faster.
Cynthesizer Ultra uses CellMath Designer as an embedded datapath optimization capability to create datapath components as needed for use in the high-level synthesis process. These products work together to perform automated design-space exploration that will search for the best set of components for each individual design. With these techniques, Cynthesizer Ultra improves power consumption and timing, and reduces area by up to 40% compared to previous versions.
Cynthesizer Ultra adds access to the CellMath IP library including advanced, floating point functional units used by leading-edge graphics companies. This IP can be accessed directly from SystemC through an automated flow.
Features for Improved Design, Verification, Quality of Results
Cynthesizer includes a new schedule analysis detail view. This allows designers to converge on their final design more quickly by giving them specific direction to correct or improve areas of the design that may not meet their quality of results (QoR) goals. High-level synthesis automatically builds the design schedule that includes creation of the datapath and finite state machine (FSM) to meet a given set of user-directed and/or hardware design constraints. When these constraints cannot be met, Cynthesizer gives the user specific direction for further input, reducing the design time needed.
Cycle Accurate simulation technology improves verification performance. Using Cynthesizers automated methodology management software, designers can quickly execute behavioral simulations, high-level synthesis and utilize Cynthesizer Cycle Accurate simulation to accelerate the output RTL implementations. With speeds up to 20x over traditional register transfer level (RTL) simulation, designers have a high-performance, cost-effective and integrated solution to meet their verification challenges.
Cynthesizer also includes updates to its CynWare IP interface library. Designers can use its extensive pre-verified library and new faster memory interface support for greater flexibility, better performance and lower power.
Additional features and optimizations further reduce circuit power utilization and improve tool runtime and capacity.
Continuous DAC Demonstrations
Forte will demonstrate Cynthesizer, Cynthesizer Ultra, and its CellMath family of products in Booth #750 at the 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC) June 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. To schedule a private demonstration of Cynthesizer, contact: sales@ForteDS.com. For information about DAC, visit: www.dac.com.
Availability and Pricing
Cynthesizer and Cynthesizer Ultra are shipping now. Cynthesizer comes standard with Fortes transaction level modeling (TLM) synthesis capability, complete memory generation subsystem, fixed-point support and streaming interface IP. Cynthesizer Ultra adds the CellMath datapath optimizer and floating-point support. U.S. pricing starts at $275,000. Cynthesizers Partitioning and Interface Generator features start at $40,000 (U.S.) as an add-on to Cynthesizer.
About Forte Design Systems
Forte Design Systems is a leading provider of software products that enable design at a higher level of abstraction and improve design results. Its innovative synthesis technologies and intellectual property offerings allow design teams creating complex electronic chips and systems to reduce their overall design and verification time. More than half of the top 20 worldwide semiconductor companies use Fortes products in production today for ASIC, SoC and FPGA design. Forte is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in England, Japan, Korea and the United States. For more information, visit www.ForteDS.com.
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