TransEDA Verification Tools Spell Success for Jointly Developed Chipset from IBM and ServerWorks TransEDA VN-Control and Foundation Models Speed Verification Process for Pinnacle Chipset with Revolutionary MXT Technology
LOS GATOS, Calif. - February 12, 2002 - TransEDA® PLC, the leader in ready-to-use verification solutions, announced that IBM® eServer* xSeries** used TransEDA's VN-Control[tm] application-specific test automation tool and Foundation Models[tm] system level verification IP library to verify the Pinnacle chipset, jointly developed by IBM Research and ServerWorks (a Broadcom company).
"It's a given today that verification of complex chips is a real challenge, and with 15 million transistors and clock rates up to 266 megahertz, the Pinnacle chipset is even more so," said Kimball Brown, vice president, business development, ServerWorks. "We have been successfully running complex verification tests with TransEDA's ready-to-use products."
The Pinnacle chipset incorporates IBM's unique Memory eXpansion Technology (MXT), which provides a new memory system architecture that can effectively double a system's main memory effective capacity in certain memory-constrained environments without added cost. The high-end core logic solution for servers will be available to customers of ServerWorks starting in early 2002. These customers, including Internet service providers and other large technology installations, can save millions of dollars by incorporating the chipset into their systems.
"Because of the unique nature of MXT, we needed a robust and flexible solution for verification," said Bill Ott, vice president, IBM eServer xSeries. "TransEDA's Foundation Models and VN-Control gave us the ability to create a wide variety of tests with easily controlled, realistic traffic scenarios."
Over the past nine months, IBM verified the Pinnacle chipset under a wide variety of realistic test configurations on a farm of approximately 100 simulation servers. The TransEDA products were used for the majority of system-level verification tasks. VN-Control, part of TransEDA's Verification Navigator® integrated design verification environment, was used for test generation, as well as automated results checking-enabling IBM to run tests twenty-four hours a day. IBM employed a range of TransEDA's Foundation Models including those for the PCI bus and Intel® Pentium[tm] III and Xeon[tm] processor bus. The company is presently creating its verification strategy for the next generation Pinnacle design and will use TransEDA's Foundation Models for PCI-X and next generation Intel processor models and VN-Control tool for a complex mix of random and directed tests.
TransEDA PLC (symbol TRA on the Alternative Investment Market in London) develops and markets ready-to-use verification solutions for electronic field-programmable gate array (FPGA), application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), and system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The company's verification IP library includes models for advanced microprocessors and bus interfaces. TransEDA's design verification software performs application-specific test automation; configurable HDL checking; functional, finite state machine (FSM) and code coverage analysis; and test suite analysis. TransEDA's tier-1 list of customers includes 18 of the world's top 20 semiconductor vendors. For more information, visit www.transeda.com or contact TransEDA at 983 University Avenue, Building C, Los Gatos, California 95032 U.S.A., telephone (408) 335-1300, fax (408) 335-1319, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: TransEDA and Verification Navigator are registered trademarks and VN-Control and Foundation Models are trademarks of TransEDA PLC. *The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the descriptive term "server" following it. **The IBM, the e-business logo, and xSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation. ServerWorks is a trademark of ServerWorks Corporation. Intel is a registered trademark and Pentium and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective holders.
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