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SystemC Community Newsletter: April 2010



SystemC Day Videos and Technical Presentations Now Online!

Watch SystemC Day PresentationsCo-located with the Design and Verification Conference 2010 on February 22, the first annual SystemC Day attracted over 100 users who came together to discuss the newest advancements in sustainable and flexible solutions for ESL design. Videos of the keynote and technical presentations from SystemC Day are now available:

  • OSCI Technical WG Update
    Eric Lish, OSCI Chairman
  • Keynote: "ESL: Where We Are and Where We're Going"
    Gary Smith, Gary Smith EDA, California, USA
  • The Metaport: A Technique for Managing Code Complexity
    Jack Donovan, HighIP Design, Texas, USA
  • OCP socket modeling with TLM-2.0
    Herve Alexanian, Sonics Inc., California, USA
  • ADL Synthesis using ArchC
    Samuel Goto, Master student at UNICAMP
  • Look Ma, No Clocks! Improving Model Performance
    David Black, XtremeEDA, Texas, USA
  • TLM-driven Design and Verification Methodology
    Brian Bailey, independent consultant

View the SystemC Day videos and presentations.

Check our new YouTube Channel for on-the-spot videos from SystemC Day:


Analog/Mixed-Signal 1.0 Standard Released

Martin BarnasconiOSCI is pleased to announce the release of AMS 1.0, the SystemC Analog/Mixed-signal (AMS) extensions language standard. The standard was developed by the AMS Working Group and is the first modeling language targeting system-level design and verification to describe analog/mixed-signal behavior as a natural extension to existing SystemC-based design methodologies. AMS 1.0 is available for download under open-source license and includes the requirements specifications, AMS language reference manual (LRM), and a user's guide.

Find out more:

Download AMS 1.0: (login required)


CCI Update:
Configuration Portion of CCI Requirements Document Available

Trevor WiemanOSCI's Configuration, Control and Inspection (CCI) Working Group is defining standards to improve interoperability between models and tools, streamlining the exchange of information between them. These standards are being developed incrementally with initial work on configuration, which is the focus of this requirements specification. The end result will be a standard way to instrument models improving efficiency of the entire SystemC-centric modeling ecosystem while ensuring optimal value for model users.

The requirements for the configuration portion of the SystemC Configuration, Control & Inspection (CCI) standardization effort are now available for download under open-source license. As noted by Trevor Wieman, CCI working group chair, "The value of ESL models is greatly improved when they can readily and easily be configured, controlled and inspected. Configuration represents a first big step towards model-to-tool interoperability." The SystemC community is welcome to join in the ongoing discussion forum.

View CCI Overview Video:

Download Configuration Portion of CCI document: (login required)


Feature article:
“The Next IC Design Methodology Transition Is Long Overdue"

By Michael Meredith and Steve Svoboda
Open SystemC Initiative

Michael Meredith and Steve SvobodaAnyone with a tapeout deadline looming knows how finishing a new chip design keeps getting harder and harder. Fortunately, newly standardized high-level languages like SystemC, along with modern high-level synthesis (HLS) tools are offering designers a way to escape the RTL "productivity jailhouse."

Since the turn of the century, the semiconductor industry has been suffering slowing engineering productivity growth. While during that period the semiconductor industry has seen major sales growth, as semiconductors continue working their way into almost every facet of modern life, with very few exceptions, profitability has remained stagnant, or even declined.

Moore’s Law is often cited as the key driver and enabler of the semiconductor industry, and indeed the ability of the semiconductor manufacturing technologies to produce smaller transistors has very closely followed the smooth curve that it predicts. What is missing from this analysis is that in order for electronics companies to use these transistors to develop products the ability of design engineers to create designs needs to increase at the same rate as the ability to manufacture transistors grows.

Read the entire article.


NASCUG 13 Meeting Call for Contributions Is Open

The call for contributions is open for the North American SystemC User's Group (NASCUG) meeting to be held Sunday, June 13. NASCUG accelerates the use of SystemC for both new and established users by providing venues for users to contribute, learn and interact. Share your expertise and knowledge about SystemC so others may benefit from your experience by submitting an abstract.

DEADLINE for submissions is April 24.

More info and call for contributions can be found at:


Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming SystemC Events

June 13 -- NASCUG 13 Meeting at DAC 2010
Anaheim, CA

June 14 -- Tutorial at DAC 2010
"ESL Design and Virtual Prototyping of MPSOCs"
Anaheim, CA

June 18 -- Tutorial at DAC 2010
"SystemC C for Holistic System Design with Digital Hardware, Analog Hardware and Software"



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