MANHASSET, NY Synfora, Inc. has purchased the Esterel Studio tool suite developed by Esterel EDA Technologies.
The Esterel Studio platform, in conjunction with Synfora's Pico platform, is to provide Synfora customers an integrated design environment for the development of both control-intensive and algorithmic-intensive blocks.
Esterel Studio is based on the high-level Esterel programming language and is primarily used to design control-intensive silicon intellectual-property blocks and complex reactive systems, such as control circuits, embedded systems, human-machine interface and communication protocols.
Companies such as STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, NXP and Intel have used the Esterel programming language for more than 50 production designs, according to Esterel.
Esterel Studio supports a complete flow from design to verification and supports textual or graphical design of large state machines with arbitrary embedded data path, animated simulation and debugging.
"Esterel Studio is complementary to the Pico algorithmic synthesis platform and was already part of an integrated flow used by several of our customers," said Synfora CTO Vinod Kathail. "This step is a part of our long-term vision of providing integrated solutions for application accelerators and more control-oriented IP."
While the Pico platform enables datapath designs in application accelerators, the Esterel Studion platform is an enabler of control-oriented designs, according to Kathail. "We are building out the development platform of a full SoC with Pico and Esterle Studio. The final phase is integrating development of the CPU," said Kathail.
Kathail said that Synfora is on a timeline of integrating Pico and Esterel Sudio in the next six to nine months and providing a full SoC environment in the next 18 months to 2 years.
Synfora's Pico Algorithmic Synthesis Platform creates application accelerators from an untimed C algorithm at the highest level of abstraction.