Campbell, Calif.--Nov. 17, 1997--Precedence Inc. (Campbell)announced the availability of the SysMatrix multi-domain verificationtechnology that bridges non-electrical and electrical multi-simulation.SysMatrix provides support for non-electrical multi-simulation by addingthree new domain specific simulation matrices to integrateelectromechanical, RF, and hardware/software domains withPrecedence's SimMatrix electrical simulator backplane. By usingSysMatrix and the domain-specific matrices, systems composed of digitallogic, RF transponders, reconfigurable firmware, and electromechanicalcontrollers can be verified in a single simulation session, for example.This announcement comes fast on the heels of publicly disclosed plans byleading electronic firms, such as Texas Instruments and LucentTechnologies, to integrate electrical and non-electrical functions on to asingle chip using deep submicron or nanometer process technology.
In the past, the primary driver behind design advancement was density. Adding value meant packing more gates onto a chip. However, in more recent times, the incremental value from additional on-chip digital processing power isdecreasing. With today's process technologies, the highest value comes fromdiversity--integrating different types of functionality on to a singlesilicon chip. Leading semiconductor manufacturers have embraced thissystem-on-a-chip strategy. As a result, design verification becomes amulti-domain problem whenever there are electrical and non-electricalsimulation requirements. For example, a system-level model composed ofdigital logic, RF models, and an electromechanical controller model can'tbe verified using the same algorithm for all three model domains.
The SysMatrix technology integrates domain-specific simulation matricesthat together provide true system-level verification. Multi-domain designscan be captured in either schematic or HDL form. The SimPrism multi-sourcepartitioning software parses the native design sources from each domain andpartitions subrepresentations for each of the appropriate simulators. Thepartitioning process transparently inserts domain-specific communicationstechnology using the Domain Transfer Function Model. SysMatrix uses anasynchronous transaction model to communicate among the domain-specificmatrices. SysMatrix handles all communication between the domain-specificsimulator backplanes.
The initial release of SysMatrix supports four domain-specific matrices, orsimulator backplanes, targeted at electrical and emerging non-electricaltechnology areas. SimMatrix, Precedence's time-proven multi-simulationtechnology for the electrical domain, is for event-driven and Spice-likesimulators. The three new matrices are EMMatrix for electromechanicalsimulators, RFMatrix for high frequency simulators, and SoftMatrix forsoftware and instruction-set simulators.
SysMatrix is available now and can be purchased directly from Precedencefor $8,000. EMMatrix, SoftMatrix, and RF Matrix will be available in the first quarter of 1998 and can be purchased from Precedence for $2,000. SimMatrix is availablenow, and its price has been reduced from $8,000 to $2,000. A preconfigured SimMatrix and SimPrism software package can also be purchased from any of Precedence's channel partners as part of their OEM offerings. Precedence's products run on the Solaris and HPplatforms.
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