COSIDE®: Innovation for the Development of Innovative Heterogeneous Systems

November 09, 2012 -- As the leading global electronics trade fair for components and systems, the electronica 2012 provides the backdrop for the introduction of the new software tool COSIDE. The tool offers the developers of heterogeneous products trendsetting opportunities in simulation and modeling with SystemC AMS, saving time and expense while enhancing quality.

In June 2013, Fraunhofer IIS/EAS will present COSIDE at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin, Texas. Innovations in electronic and heterogeneous systems almost always involve greater complexity of the components. This, in turn, places extremely stringent demands on the teams of developers; the combination of the most varied hardware and software components becomes more and more of a challenge. This is why the German Fraunhofer IIS/EAS has developed the design environment COSIDE.

As the first tool of its kind on the market, it allows companies to reap the benefits of the free modeling language SystemC as well as its analog extension AMS. COSIDE offers a wide range of features to simulate and verify complete systems with SystemC AMS. It can also be linked to different types of standard design software. Designers and decision makers are invited to see for themselves the advantages of the tool at the Fraunhofer Institute booth at the electronica in Munich, Germany (hall A5, booth 121), November 13 through 16. Also, evaluation licenses for testing the tool are available immediately free of charge.

Why SystemC AMS?

With SystemC AMS, the interaction of analog and digital components such as software and processors can be examined and tested during the design phase using behavior models. In contrast to other languages, it enables extremely fast simulation and verification of systems, because the models for the draft are strongly abstracted while still providing reliable results. This reduces the time needed to introduce a product to the market, and it decreases the cost of product development. At the same time, the advantage gained by optimized verification in comparison to other solutions also improves the quality of the developments. So SystemC AMS has vast potential to become a standard in many different sectors. It is already being used for applications in automotive, automation and communication technology.

COSIDE Features

COSIDE allows companies to overcome an obstacle they have had to deal with in the past: The functionality of the language SystemC AMS was limited with standard design software. After a development period of ten years at the Dresden Design Automation Division EAS, part of the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the powerful development environment facilitates comprehensive implementation of the language during the design process. COSIDE offers a wide range of features, from IP-protected model exchange, a wave viewer and circuit diagram editor, to the capability for hardware-in-the-loop simulations. The research institution is also working with a group of international companies and research facilities, contributing significantly to the continued development of the SystemC AMS standard.

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