September 25, 2006 -- (BUSINESS WIRE)—— Celoxica (AIM: CXA) today announced the selection of its Toshiba MeP (Media Embedded Processor) Development Kit as the design platform and environment for a nationwide digital media SoC design challenge. This announcement is the dividend of years of collaboration and investment made by Celoxica, Toshiba and the Japanese VLSI Design and Education Center (VDEC) into semiconductor solutions and system level design for very complex System-on-Chip (SoC) design.
Selected by the VLSI Design and Education Center (VDEC), the central hub
of Japanese university expertise for VLSI technology, research, teaching
and development, Celoxica's technology was
chosen as the most fit-for-purpose and usable solution. It will be used
by teams of specialist SoC developers to create award winning designs
around Toshiba's MeP architecture. Due to the
levels of complexity and performance involved with such designs, the
robust SoC prototyping and validation features of Celoxica's
technology were cited as key factors in VDEC's
Celoxica's Toshiba MeP Development Kit
provides a comprehensive package of ESL design tools, programmable
hardware platforms and utilities to help designers develop high
performance SoC designs. As well as offering MeP processor IP, the kit
is fully integrated into Toshiba's MeP design
flow to enable the rapid creation and validation of complex designs from
algorithmic models. Supplied with the Kit is Celoxica's
award winning DK Design Suite of system design tools, video IP and
application programming interfaces (APIs).
"VDEC has been pleased with the use of Celoxica design tools and boards
for many years, "said Dr Kunihiro Asada, director of VDEC. "We now need
to embrace and meet the challenges of ever more complex semiconductor
design and need a configurable platform solution to do this. Our
selection of solutions from Celoxica and Toshiba will help meet the
needs of future SoC design education."
Toshiba's configurable processor MeP core has
already been deployed into mass volume products such as DVD players,
intelligent vehicles and other very high performance image processing
systems. Its inherent configurability reduces turn around and delivers
architectures optimized to the application or customer specification.
Toshiba will sponsor a prize for the winning design and it is
anticipated that the design will be taken through to silicon fabrication.
"It is an honor to be selected as the technology platform provider for
such a prestigious and demanding design challenge," said Dr Stephen
Chappell, general manager and representative director of Celoxica Japan
KK. "This decision reflects not only upon the investment we have made
into our technology, but also the relationships with corporations and
organizations at the forefront of advanced electronics design."
After completion of the design challenge VDEC expects to roll out the
platform solution to over 150 Japanese universities and 640 research
groups who are part of the VDEC network.
A leader in electronic system level design (ESL), Celoxica is enabling
the next generation of advanced electronic products by producing tools,
boards, IP and services that turn software into silicon. Celoxica
technology raises design abstraction to the algorithm level,
accelerating productivity and lowering risk and costs by generating
semiconductor hardware directly from C-based software descriptions.
Adding to a growing installed base, Celoxica provides the world's
most widely used C-based behavioral design and synthesis solutions to
companies developing semiconductor products in markets such as consumer
electronics, defense and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security.
Celoxica is a publicly traded company on the Alternative Investment
Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CXA. For more
VLSI Design and Education Center (VDEC), which is located in the
University of Tokyo and shared by users all over Japan, was established
in May, 1996. As an intellectual education center on VLSI (Very Large
Scale Integration) technology, VDEC aims at improvements of instruction
on VLSI design and supports on VLSI chip fabrication for national
universities, public universities, private universities and colleges in
Japan. For these purposes, VDEC performs various kinds of activities
including distributing VLSI design information, providing CAD software
and licenses and supporting chip fabrications. With help and support
from universities, related government ministries and semiconductor
industry, active services provided by VDEC have been growing extensively
since its beginning
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