Wavesat Leverages Synfora’s PICO Extreme® for New Wireless SoC Development

Critical IP for New 4G Wireless SoC Completed In Only 3 Weeks

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 18, 2009 Synfora, Inc., the premier provider of algorithmic synthesis tools used to design SoCs and FPGAs, today announced that Wavesat, Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless silicon solutions, used PICO Extreme® to design a key IP block for the next generation 4G wireless chip, with superb quality of results and extremely short design time.

“PICO Extreme was critical to the successful completion of our next-generation product on an extremely tight deadline,” said Raj Singh, CEO of Wavesat. “Manual RTL design was not an option, as we would have missed our deadline. We operate in a dynamic environment, and fast time-to-market is a key to our success. We are very impressed with PICO’s ability to deliver verified RTL for complex IPs with high quality of results and in a short period of time, allowing us to meet our stringent timelines. We plan to use the PICO platform for future products.”

Wavesat used the PICO Extreme algorithmic synthesis tool to design and verify the Channel Interleaver for the LTE standard. The whole design took less than three weeks, starting from the C specification to the final delivery of verified RTL. PICO’s unique parallelizing compiler and multi-level hierarchical design capability were key to achieving the high performance in this design. The design was verified at the C level using PICO’s lint simulation and bit-accurate simulation capabilities, which are significantly faster than RTL simulation. Automatic generation of RTL testbench and test vectors were key to reducing the time taken for RTL verification. The use of standard interfaces in PICO-generated RTL simplified the integration with the rest of the SoC.

“We’re very pleased that Wavesat used PICO Extreme for its new 4G broadband product development,” said Simon Napper, President and CEO of Synfora. “Their positive experience further validates that PICO Extreme provides significant business value in this rapidly moving market by enabling companies to complete their designs on time and on budget.”

About the Synfora PICO Platform

The PICO Algorithmic Synthesis Platform provides productivity gains by creating application accelerators from an untimed C algorithm at the highest level of abstraction. PICO yields QoR (quality of results) that is competitive with manual design by using a unique parallelizing compiler and multi-level hierarchical abstraction and IP reuse. It offers the highest possible level abstraction for large designs, and has been proven to provide huge productivity gains on the largest production designs, not just on small blocks.

About Wavesat

Wavesat is a global leader in mobile broadband, providing advanced semiconductor solutions to the world’s leading carrier and mobile device manufacturers to deploy future-proof broadband services and products. With award winning technology, Wavesat delivers silicon that enables customers to deploy multiple Broadband Wireless technologies such as WiMAX Wave2 and XG-PHS today and to migrate seamlessly to future 4G technologies such as LTE. Wavesat was awarded the 2008 Frost and Sullivan Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Excellence in Technology Award and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Technology companies for 2009. Wavesat is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum®. For more information, please visit www.wavesat.com.

About Synfora

Synfora, Inc. is the premier provider of algorithmic synthesis tools used to design complex systems-on-chips (SoCs) and FPGAs. Synfora's PICO algorithmic synthesis platform offers designers of large, complex subsystems productivity gains at the highest-level design abstraction and delivers high QoR. Synfora serves customers worldwide in the audio, video, imaging, wireless, and security segments of the integrated circuit (IC) design market. The company's investors are ATA Ventures, Foundation Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, Wafra, and Xilinx. For the latest information on Synfora, please visit http://www.synfora.com.


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