MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 5, 2007— Synfora, Inc., the technology leader in the field of algorithmic synthesis, and Esterel EDA Technologies, the supplier of Esterel Studio, the leading solution for ESL synthesis of control-intensive IP blocks, today announced a joint solution that simplifies the integration of application engines into system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
Algorithmic synthesis is used to create efficient hardware from C
algorithms for SoCs that differentiate based on algorithms (such as
video, wireless, imaging, security, and networking). Synfora's PICO
Express(TM) enables designers to explore, create and verify
application engines - RTL that execute the functionality along with a
set of standard interfaces -- that consistently and efficiently
integrates into the SoCs. PICO Express has been used successfully to
implement algorithms such as a multi-standard video codec and key
components of a wireless modem.
PICO application engines may integrate with a hardware controller
and instead of accomplishing this manually, Synfora has teamed up with
Esterel to enable a more efficient and automated solution.
The joint Synfora-Esterel solution automates the process using
"interface transactors" and a hardware controller written in Esterel.
Designers use PICO Express to synthesize the application engine and
use Esterel Studio to generate RTL for the hardware controller and
interface transactors. The joint solution ensures that the products
work together seamlessly. This Synfora-Esterel solution has been
successfully used at common customers including a recent wireless
terminal SoC design.
"By combining application engines produced by PICO with interface
transactors and controllers written in Esterel, we can deliver
tremendous savings to our joint customers," said Simon Napper, Synfora
president and CEO.
"The integration of PICO Express and Esterel Studio will enable
our common customers to be more productive," said Eric Bantegnie,
Esterel EDA Technologies president and CEO. "Esterel Studio handles
interfaces most commonly used in PICO-produced RTL, and complements
PICO Express users' design productivity with considerable time savings
for the development of controllers, such as Direct Memory Access
(DMA), Cache, and Bus Interfaces."
About Synfora's PICO Platform
Synfora's PICO platform is a system of tools and intellectual
property (IP) that create complex application engines from sequential,
untimed C algorithms. PICO enables design teams to predictably deliver
complex consumer SoCs by reducing design cycle time, improving the
ability to respond to late changes in specifications.
About Esterel EDA Technologies
Esterel EDA Technologies is a worldwide supplier of model-based
design, validation, and code generation tools for control-intensive
hardware applications. Esterel EDA Technologies is a privately held
company with headquarters in Elancourt, France and Mountain View,
California, USA, and with direct sales offices in Germany, the United
Kingdom, and China. For additional information, visit the Esterel EDA
Technologies website at
Synfora, Inc. of Mountain View, California, is the leading
provider of algorithmic synthesis software used to design complex
systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synfora's patented technology helps to reduce
fixed design costs and dramatically speed chip development and
time-to-market. Synfora targets companies in the audio, video,
imaging, wireless, networking, and security segments of the IC design
market. The company's investors are ATA Ventures, Foundation Capital,
U.S. Venture Partners, Wafra partners and Xilinx, Inc. For the latest
news and information on Synfora, visit www.synfora.com.
Esterel Studio is a trademark of Esterel Technologies, Inc.
Synfora, the Synfora logo, and PICO Express are trademarks of Synfora,
Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.