Platform Architect Selected as EDN Hot 100 Product, Gains Industry Momentum

Like Hollywood filmmakers, high-tech companies vie annually for coveted honors that bring with them prestige – not to mention bragging rights. This year, Synopsys was singled out for one such award that underscores the advantages afforded to customers by our latest SystemC-centric offering for multicore SoC design.

The annual EDN Hot 100 Products award singles out the products introduced in the past year that particularly captured the attention of EDN editors and readers. For 2011, Platform Architect with Multicore Optimization Technology was selected in the EDA, IP and Storage category for its ability to deliver performance analysis and early definition of multicore system architectures in SystemC. The write-up cited optimized multicore system performance, shorter evaluation times and faster time-to-market as among the key benefits afforded by Platform Architect. The honorees in each category were listed in a special report published in EDN's November 8, 2011, issue.

Since the introduction of its Multicore Optimization Technology last spring, Platform Architect has experienced a number of successes contributing to its momentum. Last month, Synopsys announced a collaboration wherein Arteris' FlexNoC interconnect IP will be used with the Platform Architect environment, offering system designers the ability to simulate realistic system-level performance of their end product architectures. SystemC transaction-level models (TLMs) generated by Arteris' FlexNoC configuration tool can now be easily united with Synopsys' architecture design models and traffic generators, enabling early analysis of end-application performance, and highly efficient optimization of multicore system architectures.

Another key success — with NXP Semiconductor — enabled Platform Architect to be leveraged to define the optimum system architecture for NXP's digital audio broadcasting (DAB) technology for HD radio systems. Using Platform Architect, the NXP team created a performance model of its dynamic multicore DAB SoC, successfully reproducing a known performance issue with dual stream mode. By adding support for dual tuners, NXP was able to lower cost of ownership for digital terrestrial radio by supporting multiple standards and tuner configurations with one IC. Synopsys' architecture design solution offered NXP the tools, models and methodology to begin architectural analysis and optimization much earlier in the design cycle while ensuring the ability to avoid over- and under-design.

Congratulations to the Platform Architect team for creating this exciting offering that showcases Synopsys' system-level prowess and ongoing dedication to customer-focused innovation!

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