San Jose--CoWare Inc. has announced that it has integrated its SPW digital signal processing (DSP) application design tool with the new RF design features that Cadence's Design Systems Inc.'s has built into the latest release of its Virtuoso custom design platform.
According to CoWare, the tight technology integration enables wireless product design teams to reduce schedule risk through an evolutionary change of their methodology. The company said the new flow enables the use SPW RF and analog reference models throughout different design domains, which will allow wireless design teams can increase design efficiency and reduce risk.
The company explained that starting from the SPW frontend, users can select the parts of the system that are used as the reference or testbench, and mark them for export.
SPW version 4.85 then automatically creates an optimized simulation model with interfaces based on SystemC signals and data types. SPW, which was once a Cadence tool and is now part of CoWare, was enhanced with technology from the CoWare ConvergenSC platform design tool, the company said. And via the Cadence/CoWare technology alliance, Virtuoso can now import the new enhanced SPW RF and analog models. Thus, said CoWare, Virtuoso users, in this case RF designers, do not need to be familiar with SPW to benefit from the new flow.
CoWare SPW 4.85 is available today, starting at $14,400 U.S. list price for a one-year subscription. Existing customers under maintenance receive the interface at no additional charge.