CoWare, EVE Link Electronic System Virtualization, Emulation for ARM AXI-based Systems

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 19, 2009 CoWare® (, the leading supplier of Electronic System Virtualization software and services, and EVE (, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, today announced the first fully-integrated, high-performance solution combining virtualization and emulation to enable pre-silicon software development and hardware/software co-verification for multicore ARM AXI-based system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

CoWare Virtual Platform and EVE’s ZeBu (for zero bugs) emulation uses CoWare’s fast untimed emulation adapters and EVE’s Synthesizable AXI Transactors. This bridges the gap between the virtualized, transaction-level representation of the system for software development and the register transfer level (RTL) implementation of subsystem hardware in emulation.

The hybrid, off-the-shelf solution enables fast and efficient development of hardware-dependent software and hardware/software co-verification ahead of first silicon. By enabling transaction-based communication of RTL design blocks with an electronic system level (ESL) environment at 100,000s transactions/second, it accelerates the development cycle for SoC designs while increasing verification productivity.

“With the challenges of multicore system design, software developers must start their work earlier with efficient debugging and analysis capabilities adapted to multicore platforms,” remarks Patrick Sheridan, CoWare’s marketing director. “This joint solution enables exactly that by allowing CoWare Virtual Platforms to be created sooner by leveraging AXI application subsystem RTL in emulation, while still providing the debug visibility and simulation speed they need for the entire system.”

“When designing new application subsystems or integrating existing subsystems into SoC architectures, it is critical to perform hardware/software co-verification and pre-silicon software validation as early as possible,” adds Lauro Rizzatti, general manager of EVE USA. “The off-the-shelf integration of our Synthesizable AXI Transactors for ZeBu with the CoWare Virtual Platform environment enables this work to start before the entire system RTL code is available, while reusing the software-driven tests developed with the virtual platform.”

CoWare and EVE will host an hour-long webinar Tuesday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. P.D.T. titled, “Linking Virtual Platforms and Emulation for Early Software Development and Hardware/Software Co-Verification of ARM AXI-based Systems.” It will illustrate how integrating Electronic System Virtualization and Emulation solutions enable software development and hardware/software co-verification for ARM AXI-based SoC designs. This webinar will be recorded and available for viewing by visiting or


Integration capabilities for CoWare Platform Architect and Virtual Platform environment and ZeBu are available immediately from CoWare and EVE.

About CoWare

CoWare is the leading global supplier of electronic system virtualization software and services. IP, semiconductor, and electronics companies use CoWare virtualization solutions to design better processor- and software-intensive products faster. CoWare solutions solve the new design challenges associated with platform architecture design, platform verification, application sub-system design, processor design, DSP algorithm design, and software development, and are based on open industry standards including SystemC. These solutions also enable IP and semiconductor companies to implement more effective go-to-market strategies. CoWare’s corporate investors include ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)], Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE). CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world. For more information about CoWare and its products and services visit

About EVE

EVE ( is the worldwide leader in hardware/software co-verification solutions, including hardware description language (HDL) acceleration and extremely fast emulation, with installation at eight of the top 10 semiconductor companies. EVE products significantly shorten the overall verification cycle of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems designs. Its products also work in conjunction with popular Verilog, SystemVerilog, and VHDL-based software simulators from Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics. Its United States headquarters are in San Jose, Calif. Telephone: (408) 457-3200. Facsimile: (408) 457-3299. Corporate headquarters are in Palaiseau, France. Telephone: (33) 1 Fax: (33) 1 Email: Email Contact. Website:

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