Quickturn's Rapid Prototyping System and Synplicity's Certify Combined to Create Complete SoC Verification Environment
SAN JOSE & SUNNYVALE, Calif.----July 5, 2000-- Quickturn, a Cadence® Company (NYSE:CDN), the leading provider of high-performance verification systems, and Synplicity, Inc., a leading supplier of logic synthesis, physical synthesis, and verification software, today announced an OEM agreement to provide a complete verification environment for system-on-chip (SoC) designers.
Under terms of this agreement, Quickturn(TM) will integrate Synplicity's register-transfer-level (RTL) prototyping tool, Certify®, into the Quickturn Rapid Prototyping System(TM) (RPS) solution. This new offering delivers the ability to create functional hardware prototypes of designs before synthesis, allowing designers to perform hardware/software co-verification, IP integration, system software development, and more, all at or near system speeds, resulting in faster time-to-silicon for complex ICs and SoCs.
According to George Zafiropoulos, vice president of marketing at Quickturn, ``The combination of Quickturn's RPS and Certify enables designers to quickly prototype designs and dramatically accelerate hardware/software co-development. In addition, by using both the Quickturn RPS solution and Quickturn's MercuryPlus(TM) emulation systems, designers can leverage the strengths of both of these technologies to accelerate their SoC verification at an affordable price.''
``We are very pleased that Quickturn has chosen to leverage our popular Certify product and its advanced synthesis technology for their new Rapid Prototyping System,'' said Andy Haines, vice president of marketing for Synplicity®. ``In the past year, we have seen explosive growth in the adoption of RTL prototyping as designers struggle to overcome the verification bottleneck. The combination of the Quickturn RPS solution and Certify will provide designers with the best choice for prototype development.''
Leveraging Synplicity's core synthesis and partitioning technologies, Certify allows designers to create functional hardware prototypes of their designs prior to ASIC synthesis. This unique approach results in higher performance and productivity than gate-level partitioning and implementation approaches, which require multiple iterations to achieve a suitable partitioning of the devices. It also enables faster time-to-market, especially for the one-million-gate-plus ASIC/SoC designs used for multimedia and communications applications.
Certify also enables extensive verification that previously could not be performed at the RT level without weeks of manual effort and modification of the RTL code. The creation of a functional hardware prototype at the RT level enables ASIC designers to perform the following tasks at or near system speed: hardware/software co-verification; algorithm development and verification; verification of intellectual property (either cores or library elements); system software development and debugging; verification of system-level protocol compatibility; and early system/product development with FPGAs.
About Quickturn's Rapid Prototyping System
To meet today's aggressive development schedules the design and verification of complex SoCs demands concurrent development of hardware and software. The re-configurable Quickturn Rapid Prototyping System solution leverages two fundamental technology trends to solve this problem: 1) the availability of high-density FPGAs and physical, bonded-out IP cores; and 2) the evolution of SoC designs to on-chip, bus-based architectures. The Quickturn RPS architecture is optimized to take advantage of both of these trends. Designers can also connect the RPS solution with the MercuryPlus emulation system to deliver a single system. As new logic is debugged in the emulation system, designers can migrate the logic to an IP core board that's plugged into an RPS, and then distributed to multiple RPS systems for software development. This results in dramatically shorter development cycles.
Pricing and Availability
The Quickturn RPS DeveloperPlus includes Synplicity's Certify product for FPGA RTL partitioning and synthesis, the system chassis, and configuration software. The Quickturn RPS DeveloperPlus product is expected to be available worldwide in Q3 2000. U.S. list price starts at $315,000.
Founded in 1994, Synplicity, Inc. delivers the benefits of logic synthesis and embedded synthesis technologies to programmable logic and ASIC designers by developing fast, easy-to-use, affordable tools with extremely high quality of results. Synplicity products support industry-standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog), run on popular platforms (Windows 95/98, Windows NT and UNIX) and support leading PLD manufacturers. Synplicity is a Platinum member of the Cadence Connections Program (NYSE:CDN), Synopsys Liberty Program (Nasdaq:SNPS), and industry standards organizations. The company is located at 935 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Telephone: 408/215-6000; Fax: 408/990-0290; E-Mail: email@example.com.
Quickturn, a Cadence company, is the leading provider of high-performance verification solutions and Time-to-Market Engineering (TtME(TM)) services for the design and verification of complex IC and electronic systems. Quickturn products and services are used by developers of high-performance computing, multimedia, graphics, and communications systems. For more information, visit the Quickturn web site at http://www.quickturn.com, call 408/914-6000, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Contact: Quickturn, A Cadence Company
Sanjay Sawant, 408/914-6580
Armstrong Kendall, Inc. for Quickturn
Laura Garrett, 503/672-4690
John Gallagher, 408/215-6000
Tsantes & Associates for Synplicity
Lisa Neitzel, 408/369-1500 ext. 23