ChipVision PowerOpt Solution Adopted By Widex

OLDENBURG, Germany & SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 26, 2010ChipVision Design Systems, the company whose award-winning, patented PowerOpt™ solution reduces power consumption by up to 75 percent through system-level optimization, today announced that PowerOpt has been adopted by Widex, a provider of advanced digital hearing aids, in which power efficiency is a key design requirement. After completing a competitive evaluation of high-level synthesis solutions, Widex selected PowerOpt based on three criteria: power consumption and silicon area; improvement in design productivity; and technical support. In the competitive evaluation, PowerOpt produced designs that were more power-efficient than the nearest competitors. PowerOpt is currently in production use at Widex.

“At Widex, we go to great lengths to ensure that our devices have the longest possible battery life, so optimizing power consumption – which, to date, we have done by hand – is a key concern,” said Morten Suurballe, Architecture and System Specialist. “We were impressed that PowerOpt even further reduced the power consumption of our designs, and substantially improved productivity by synthesizing the designs directly from our C++ algorithms. ChipVision’s customer support also has been stellar.”

About PowerOpt

Award-winning PowerOpt enables system and semiconductor developers to analyze and optimize energy dissipation at the system level in critical blocks of their design; the software automatically creates RTL code optimized for power, performance and area. This ESL approach results in significant energy and time savings – up to 75 percent reduction in power consumption compared to RTL designed by hand – requiring a fraction of the effort. Since the first version of PowerOpt was introduced, benchmarking versus competing high-level synthesis tools and manual RTL design has shown that PowerOpt delivers very competitive timing and area results while reducing power by as much as 75 percent compared to those methods. PowerOpt also has garnered several award honors, including winning an “Editors’ Choice” Award and achieving finalist status for an EDN Innovation Award and an IEC DesignVision Award.

About ChipVision Design Systems

ChipVision helps semiconductor companies significantly reduce power consumption through its leading system-level EDA software. Its award-winning, patented PowerOpt™ product enables semiconductor developers to accurately analyze power consumption at the system level and automatically achieve power savings of up to 75 percent compared to manual RTL design. The software optimizes for low power while synthesizing ANSI C++ and SystemC code into Verilog RTL designs, automatically producing the lowest-power RTL architecture. The company’s solutions are based on open industry standards such as ANSI C, SystemC, CPF and UPF. ChipVision is headquartered in Oldenburg, Germany, and has offices in Munich and San Jose, Calif. For more information about ChipVision, its products and services, visit

ChipVision is a registered trademark and PowerOpt is a trademark of ChipVision Design Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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