Mountain View, CA--January 27, 1997--Quickturn Design Systems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) introduced Q/Bridge, a software tool that enables the integration of commercial verification products with Quickturn's System Realizer and the just-announced CoBALT Emulation System. Q/Bridge is designed to enable third-party vendors of EDA tools to create co-simulation interfaces between their products and Quickturn's Quest II emulation software environment. Q/Bridge also enables IC and system designers to apply their behavioral testbenches to their emulation environment, improving time-to-emulation and shortening the overall verification process for complex ICs and systems.
Q/Bridge allows integration of Quickturn's emulation systems with testbench generation tools, cycle-based simulators, full-timing simulators, software debug tools, and C models for interactive exchange of vector stimuli. It enables the emulator to operate as a fast functional hardware accelerator leveraging users' existing behavioral testbenches in a co-simulation mode.
Q/Bridge is emulation-platform independent. It includes a hardware interface that links with Quickturn's System Realizer or CoBALT families, and the Q/Bridge testbench API that links with the user's environment on a workstation.
With Q/Bridge, third-party vendors and users can perform emulation in a simulation-like environment. The API included in Q/Bridge runs on a workstation and interfaces with Quickturn's emulation hardware. Q/Bridge supports cycle-by-cycle and block-based communication protocols. It allows conducting debug sessions on the simulation side by setting breakpoints, single stepping, and monitoring of internal nodes in the design. Simultaneously, the emulator's built-in logic analyzer can be activated to trap trigger conditions and trace data.
Users and vendors can tightly link emulation with other tools to enhance their verification environments. Q/Bridge adds co-simulation capability to the other three application programming interfaces in the recently released Quest II emulation software environment. These are Quickturn Emulation Language (QEL), Design API, and Vector API.
The Q/Bridge Integration Kit, which includes Q/Bridge, Quickturn Emulation Language, the design API, and the vector API, is available immediately to qualified EDA partners. Q/Bridge will be available to Quickturn emulation system users in the second quarter of 1997. Pricing starts at $25,000.
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Mountain View, CA 94043
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