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Carbon adds bus protocols for transaction-level simulation

Posted by iMark - 2005-12-22

SAN FRANCISCO — Carbon Design Systems said Tuesday (Dec. 20) that it has added PCI, PCI-X, USB 2.0 Host and DDR SDRAM bus protocol support to its VSP product line.

According to Carbon (Waltham, Mass.), the bus functional models provide a communication layer from abstract functions, such as reads and writes, to pin-level devices listening/responding on a bus. The combination of a transactor and Carbon's register-transfer level (RTL) "virtual hardware model" creates a transaction-level model that is easy to integrate into diverse environments, the company said.

"This is just the start of Carbon's transactor library for standard bus protocols," said Alan Swahn, Carbon's vice president of marketing, in a statement. "Transactors are a requirement for mixing levels of abstraction in ESL [electronic system-level] environments and are a natural addition to drive simulation performance and ease-of-use with our products."

Carbon's PCI, PCI-X, USB2.0 Host, and DDR SDRAM transactors will start shipping Dec. 30 as options to Carbon's VSP product. Pricing per seat is based on an annual subscription volume model, the company said.



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