PARIS -- Ikos Systems Inc. introduced its Data Streaming Interface Portal (DSIP), an interface between Ikos' VLE emulation system and a Sun Microsystems Inc. host workstation, which enables designers to take advantage of emulation earlier in the design cycle, using abstract data models without having to develop a target system.
In addition, Ikos' DSIP solution delivers verification performance to verify system operation on very large data sets.
"From a strategic positioning perspective, the introduction of DSIP is the first application in a series of upcoming announcements from Ikos that will address the issues ofverifying system implementation with the original abstract system behavioral
models that design teams develop as executable specifications of their
systems," said Larry Melling, vice president of strategic marketing and business
development for Ikos Systems, speaking at the DATE 2000 design conference in Paris. "Our approach to these issues will change the way designers have typically thought of emulation and create new, more flexible ways to do high-performance verification at emulation speeds."
Mitch Dale, director of product marketing for Ikos Systems, added, "DSIP provides designers with a convenient program interface which makes it easy to connect abstract data models with their design implementation and verify four orders of magnitude more data than conventional simulation approaches.
This reflects a new approach to how emulation vector acceleration has traditionally been applied to design verification, according to Dale. Ikos' new Transaction Interface Portal (TIP) provides the hardware interface and our TIP Application Programming Interface (TAPI) allows applications to exchange transactions with the emulator.
"Whereas verification has traditionally been measured in clocks or cycles per second, DSIP provides such high performance that designers can verify overall system functionality," continued Dale. "For example, in video graphics applications, our customers are able to verify 1,000 MPEG data frames per hour 200 KHz. System-on-chip designers are demanding verification performance that reflects real system functionality."
Ikos' DSIP consists of a PCI interface card that plugs into a Sun workstation and connects it to the IKOS VLE emulators. A data streaming software application and the TAPI library is installed to create the data streaming interface between the VLE emulator and the Sun workstation.
DSIP will be priced at $35,000 and will be available April. For Europe, the list price is $47,250.