SAN JOSE, Calif. British EDA startups Orange Tree Technologies and SystemCrafter have teamed to make SystemC synthesis more affordable for the masses. The partners have jointly introduced a bundle for programming FPGAs based on the SystemC language.
The bundle consists of a new SystemC-to-VHDL compiler called SystemCrafter SC from SystemCrafter and an FPGA development board called ZestSC1 from Orange Tree Technologies.
According to the companies, SystemCrafter SC automatically synthesizes hardware designs written in SystemC to VHDL, which in turn can be used with commonly available tools to target Xilinx FPGAs.
This, according to the companies, allows engineers and programmers to design, debug and simulate hardware and systems using their existing C++ development environment.
The companies said that where most other SystemC and proprietary C-to-hardware tools cost tens of thousand of dollars, often for just a one-year subscription, SystemCrafter SC costs $995 for a perpetual license for the compiler alone, or $1,490, when bundled with the ZestSC1 development board.
SystemCrafter SC allows users to control scheduling and allocation. The same SystemC testbench can be used to verify the design at all stages, the companies said.
Simulation can be performed with a standard C++ compiler and free class libraries from the Open SystemC Initiative, the companies said.
ZestSC1 is a desktop FPGA development board with high speed 480Mbits/s USB interface, 8 Mbytes of SRAM and a Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA with 1 million logic gates, which can be programmed by the compiler.
The package can be purchased direct from the SystemCrafter Web site. A free evaluation version of SystemCrafter SC can be downloaded and used for 30 days.