Austin, Texas--Nov. 24, 1997--A new standard for timing and waveform diagram data representation will unfold in 1998 from an Si2 (Austin) Waveform Diagram Work Group. This Work Group will consist of representatives from the Si2 membership, including users as well as the leading EDA vendor community. The goal is to define an open standard and to demonstrate commercial applications of that new standard at the Design Automation Conference in 1998.
In May of this year, Si2 and its Electronic Component Information eXchange (ECIX) program partners solicited candidate representation formats for waveform data to develop into an open EDA industry standard. Chronology.com/quickbench/isdpromo.html&lf=isd-sendtolog">Chronology and SynaptiCAD played an instrumental role in helping a Si2 review panel to its final recommendations regarding the standards work.
The goal of the waveform diagram standard is to allow component suppliers to supply computer sensible waveforms that describe component behavior in a single format that:
- Gives the customer a choice in what waveform browser or other support tool is used
- Allows the component information provider a choice in what waveform editor or other generation tool is used
- At the same time, this new standard must support standalone application use while enabling adoption of waveform diagram data as a strategic element of the ECIX Pinnacles Component Information Standard (PCIS) standard
The standard resulting from this process will be designed for use by ECIX PCIS-compliant datasheets for representation of timing and waveform diagrams describing component characteristics. It is planned to promote this format as an industry-wide standard first through Si2 membership, then formally through the IEEE/IEC. The standard will be openly available to companies for adoption and use with both commercial and proprietary software tools.
The ECIX program was formed in the second half of 1996. The goal of the ECIX project sponsors, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM Microelectronics, National Semiconductor, Philips Semiconductors, and Texas Instruments, along with additional DARPA funding, is to provide a seamless flow of component information in both computer and human sensible format from suppliers to end-use customers exploiting the latest media distribution technologies.
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