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systemc-forum - Re:[Systemc-forum] Future of SystemC ?
- To: Benoit Bemer <benoit_bemer@xxxxxxxx>
- From: David C Black <dcblack@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 11:56:56 -0600
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Benoit Bemer wrote:
What to think of SystemC future ?
It seems that future versions of SC will only be LRM
and up to vendors to implement. I understand the issue
of open source requiring contributors. But then I also
read that key vendors are disengaging ressources from
For instance Cadence laying-off SystemC people:
Does SC have a future ?
I'm not sure where you are getting your information from, but as
consultants specializing in SystemC, we've seen a large increase in
the number of companies desiring services and support with SystemC.
Also, there are many EDA companies supporting SystemC as evidenced on
The only EDA company we've seen backing away from SystemC is
Synopsys. They have their own reasons mainly SystemVerilog and
limited resources (like any company). In the short term this will
probably be a good thing for Synopsys since it is much easier to
convince engineers in the US that refuse to move to a truly different
paradigm to use what amounts to an extension of Verilog.
From what we've seen, new graduates coming out of school are the best
students of SystemC, and new design paradigms. Several universities
are now teaching SystemC. True systems companies have started to
realize this and are finding new graduates to be a better value.
College kids of today think of object-oriented concepts as normal,
and coding in C++ is a normal activity for any type of work.
Also, there are several SystemC synthesis tools in the making (some
on the sly), and a number of other really innovative other tools. I
am not allowed to discuss several of them due to NDA.
RTL has been around for over 20 years with no real advances. RTL is
going the way of assembly language, and the RTL designers of today
will become the schematic designers of tomorrow (5-10 years). Design
sizes are growing rapidly. 100M gates on a chip is not unreal.
Suffice it to say the design landscape is changing. Europe and Asia
have seen the light and have made the most progress in this area.
Some jobs are moving overseas for the reason that U.S. engineers are
not keeping up with the times.
If you're one of those RTL designers, you should be worried. Either
move into layout design, as we've seen a number of engineers do, or
start learning C++ and move your design skills up a notch. If you're
one of those with C++ skills and a good grasp of both hardware and
software, the future looks bright!
David C Black, CTO
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