New Tools Based on PalmDSPCore Architecture Dramatically Reduce Co-Simulation Costs
HILLSBORO, Oregon and SANTA CLARA, California, April 10, 2001 – Endeavor Intertech Corporation, an innovative developer of high performance processors, co-simulation interfaces and tools for hardware and software verification, and DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG), a leading developer and marketer of high-performance, cost-effective, licensable digital signal processing cores, today announced the release of Precyse Palm™ processor model and CoOperate™ HDL simulator interface for DSP Group's PalmDSPCore® DSP architecture. Together, these two products provide co-simulation capabilities that rival other conventional co-simulation products on the market for as little as 20% of the cost of traditional per-seat licenses.
Endeavor Intertech's Precyse Palm is a cycle-precise, high performance DSP model, which can be licensed by itself as a software developer's tool, or together with CoOperate as a co-simulation tool. By itself, Precyse Palm executes about 120,000 operations per second, while maintaining bus, pin, and clock cycle uniformity with the hardware. Moreover, it does so for each of the eight busses as well as the powerful parallel instruction-set that make up the PalmDSPCore architecture.
"The unique requirements of algorithm design on a powerful DSP like PalmDSPCore necessitate an accurate model—otherwise the timing of critical loops might be left in question," said Dan Budge, Chief Technology Officer of Endeavor Intertech. "The complexity of the PalmDSPCore made it imperative that we fully verify our Precyse model against the golden RTL results—for both functionality and timing. Software developers can have the confidence of knowing this model is 100% cycle-accurate, and will simulate loop and other critical sections of code precisely as the hardware will."
CoOperate transforms the Precyse Palm DSP processor model into a co-simulating model. This co-simulating model can be easily incorporated into a hardware design to provide instant co-simulation, without adding yet another tool to the tool chain. CoOperate provides full synchronization between the Precyse model and the HDL simulator, while supplying a high throughput communication pipeline between the two. CoOperate enables multiple instantiations of the model in a design, offers full symbolic debugging capability through DSP Group's own symbolic debugger interface, and connects to most popular Verilog and VHDL hardware simulators.
"With Endeavor's PalmDSPCore products, software development can be brought into parallel with the hardware development," said Eyal Ben-Avraham, DSP Group's VP of Development Tools & Software Support. "Both development teams are guaranteed the same correct results, because they can use the same model. The accuracy of the model allows the hardware team to co-verify with additional intellectual property in the design. The speed of the model enables the software team to develop drivers and test unmodified applications. The result is a market-ready product in less time."
PalmDSPCore designers who seek a cost effective, simple-to-use co-simulation solution will find CoOperate and Precyse Palm well suited to their needs. Together, the two tools enable co-simulation with performance of about 1500 cycles per second, when fully communicating with a hardware simulator.
PalmDSPCore is the top-of-the-line generation of DSP Group's licensable cores in the company's SmartCores™ family. Its target markets are third generation (3G) cellular handsets, broadband communication devices, Voice over IP gateways and consumer multimedia products. The PalmDSPCore, a fully synthesizable 'soft core', is process-independent and can be easily implemented using any ASIC and process libraries.
PalmDSPCore is a low-power consumption processor implementing dual MAC parallel architecture that has seven computation units working in parallel. It has three instruction-set categories of single, parallel and multi-parallel instructions, providing cutting-edge DSP performance, such as 2 cycles for complex FFT butterfly, while maintaining a very condense program size.
Endeavor Intertech's Precyse Palm models are available immediately on Windows, Linux and Sun workstations. CoOperate for the PalmDSPCore can be bundled with Precyse Palm. Please contact Endeavor for more information on the cost of the products.
About Endeavor Intertech Corporation
Endeavor Intertech specializes in high performance processor models, co-simulation interfaces and tools for hardware and software verification. Endeavor Intertech has been in the business of developing EDA tools and models since 1997, and has quietly established itself as an innovative solution provider for its EDA and processor design customers. Endeavor creates models for DSP, VLIW, RISC, and other embedded cores and processors. For more information on Endeavor Intertech's Precyse and CoOperate models and other hardware/software verification tools, please contact your Endeavor Intertech representative at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-503-628-6200 x100. Additional information is available on the web at http://www.endeav.com
About DSP Group, Inc.
DSP Group, Inc., is a global leader in the development and marketing of high-performance, cost-effective, licensable digital signal processing cores. DSP Group's family of DSP cores provides ideal solutions for low-power cost-driven applications such as cellular, broadband communication, VoIP, multimedia, advanced telecommunication systems, disk drive controllers and many other types of embedded control applications. By combining its DSP core technologies with its proprietary advanced speech-processing algorithms, DSP Group also delivers a wide range of enabling and application-specific ICs for full-featured integrated telephony products and digital cordless applications. DSP Group, Inc., maintains an international presence with offices located around the globe. Additional information is available on the web at: http://www.dspg.com
Statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties such as acceptance of the company's new products by existing OEM customers, potential customers and the company's ability continue to add licensees and to develop and produce its new products at competitive costs. These factors and other factors which may effect future operating results or our stock price are discussed under "FACTORS AFFECTING FUTURE OPERATING RESULTS' in our report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2000, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is also available on our website (www.dspg.com) under Investor Relations.
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David N. Glass
Endeavor Intertech Corporartion
Tel: (503) 628-6200 x100
VP Marketing & Business Development
Technology Licensing Division
DSP Group, Inc.