Mountain View, CA--January 27, 1997--Quickturn Design Systems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) introduced the CoBALT (Concurrent Broadcast Array Logic Technology) Emulation System, a custom processor-based, compiled-code logic emulation family that offers powerful verification performance and capacity for designers of complex ICs and electronic systems. CoBALT uses a custom chip designed in IBM's 0.25m semiconductor process.
CoBALT delivers compilation speed of one million logic gates per hour. It also accomodates up to 8 million logic gates, and offers advanced debugging software tools.
The CoBALT architecture is based on an array of concurrent custom processors. It enables designers to perform in-circuit emulation and accelerated co-simulation in either dedicated or server modes to rapidly prototype multi-million gate ICs (systems on silicon) or full systems comprised of multiple ICs. CoBALT shares the same comprehensive emulation software environment, Quest II, with Quickturn's System Realizer FPGA-based systems, which allows users to easily migrate between the two products depending upon their specific design style and application.
Quickturn's CoBALT family features a modular emulation architecture jointly developed by IBM and Quickturn, and marketed by Quickturn under an exclusive OEM agreement with IBM. At the heart of CoBALT is a custom 0.25m CMOS IC that contains an array of 64 interconnected processors. A single emulation board in the system contains 64 ICs, totaling 4,096 processing units per card. CoBALT's modular design enables users to configure the system of their choice from 500,000 to 8 million logic gates with up to 64 Mbytes of RAM and 128 Mbytes of vector memory.
CoBALT utilizes a broadcast interconnect approach among processors which provides performance advantages over other approaches such as time-multiplexed bus interconnections. This broadcast interconnect approach improves bandwidth and offers fast emulation speed.
CoBALT is supported by Quickturn's Quest II emulation software that provides a complete emulation software environment and common front end for controlling both the System Realizer and CoBALT product families. CoBALT is also supported by Quickturn's HDL-ICE software that offers RTL input for both VHDL and Verilog. CoBALT is also supported by Q/Bridge, Quickturn's co-simulation integration software.
Quickturn's CoBALT emulation family is available in production immediately. Pricing starts at $495,000 for an entry-level, 500-kgate configuration.
Quickturn Design Systems
440 Clyde Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94043
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