San Jose, CA--May 27, 1997--The Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA), an open alliance formed to accelerate the growth of the system-chip industry, announced that Alcatel (Paris, France) joined the Alliance's Steering Working Group.
Alcatel, which is already a general member of VSIA, is the eighth representative to join the SWG, the coordinating group for the Alliance. The other seven companies currently serving on SWG include Advanced RISC Machines (ARM), Cadence, Fujitsu, Mentor Graphics, Sony, Synopsys, and Toshiba.
At the general membership meeting on March 19, the VSIA Roadmap and Architecture Specifications, version 1.0 was presented and described. These documents have two primary purposes: to provide a high-level view or roadmap of where the Alliance is going in setting new system-chip specifications, and to provide the first level of specifications aimed at simplifying the exchange of Intellectual Property (IP) both within and between companies. This first set of specifications include standard nomenclature and deliverables for soft, firm, and hard IP, as well as describing some recommended design and test methodologies to be followed by producers and users of IP.
At this meeting, each of the six Development Working Groups (DWGs) also conducted one of their regular monthly meetings. These meetings provided an update for those not previously involved and also allowed each Group to make further progress in defining new specifications in their appointed area of focus. The six groups and their chairpeople are:
- Implementation/Verification; Andres Teene, Symbios Logic.
- Manufacturing-related Test; Jean-Luc Pelissier, Schlumberger.
- On-Chip Buses; David Ridgeway, Xilinx.
- System-Level Design; Mike Muller, Advanced RISC Machines.
- IP Protection; Tom VandenBerge, VLSI Technology Inc.
- Mixed Signal; Rotating Chairperson.
The purpose of the DWGs is to fully engage the entire membership of more than 120 companies to work together in completing the work of VSIA--development and adoption of technical specifications that will allow mix and match of IP from multiple sources. These efforts are essential to assuring the continued rapid expansion of the electronics marketplace.
In order to maximize communication and participation among members, VSIA has established an office in Japan and will have an office in Europe by the end of June. These offices will handle all member inquiries from their regions and coordinate local activities. In Japan, Naoya Tsuruta is the regional director. The Japan office phone number is 81-45-945-3732; fax number is 81-45-9453680; and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the European office contacts and location will be announced soon.
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