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For release: 06 Nov 2009

OSCI Introduces SystemC Synthesis Subset Draft Standard -- Opens for Public Review

Review Period Runs Through January 31, 2010

WHO: The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, today announced the public release of the draft 1.3 standard of the SystemC Synthesis Subset.

WHAT: The Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard is intended for use by logic designers, electronic engineers and design automation tool developers. It describes a standard syntax and semantics for SystemC synthesis. The standard includes hardware constructs at the behavioral and register-transfer levels, and is based on the ANSI C++ standard and the IEEE 1666(tm)-2005 Standard for SystemC. The purpose of the SystemC Synthesis Subset standard is to define common syntax and semantics that can be recognized by all compliant high-level synthesis tools. Complying with this standard will allow users doing hardware implementation in SystemC to produce designs using a well defined coding-style, independent of the particular implementation of synthesis technology by any vendor.

WHEN: The electronic design community is invited to participate in the public review of the Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard open until Jan. 31, 2010. Results of the review and comments will be made public Q3, 2010.

WHERE: The Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard is available for download under open-source license at Comments may be made by means of OSCI's Synthesis Discussion Forum hosted at

About SystemC and OSCI
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) is an independent, not-for-profit association composed of a broad range of organizations dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC(tm) as an open industry standard for system-level modeling, design and verification. SystemC is a language built in C++ that spans from concept to implementation in hardware and software. For further information about SystemC and OSCI visit

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Jill Jacobs
Public Relations for OSCI
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