The buzz over electronic-system level (ESL) design and high-level synthesis (HLS) seems to have reached a new level at this year's Design Automation Conference.
We've been hearing for years that ESL use is about to explode. But this year there seems to be feeling that it is really happening.
At a panel discussion Wednesday (July 29), participants emphasized over and over that ESL is real and here now. They applauded the availability of HLS tools and the maturation of the ESL ecosystem, though several noted that there remains conflict on some of the details (most notably the use of different system description languages).
Simon Bloch, vice president and general manager of Mentor's ESL and HDL design and synthesis division, said virtually every company has implemented at least some level of ESL in their design flows.
"ESL is no longer a trend," said panelist Alan Su, a department manager at Global Unichip Corp. Su went on to offer a message to designers: "It you don't start using ESL, you are doomed."
C Synthesis also tools topped Deepchip.com moderator John Cooley's annual "Cheesy Must See List" for DAC.