Cupertino, Calif. -- Feb. 17, 1998 -- Ikos Systems, Inc. (Cupertino) announced that Chromatic Research (Sunnyvale, Calif.), has selected Ikos to assist in the development of its next generation design for media processors. The transaction calls for Ikos to provide expertise to the design team through its Consulting Services organization, and to assist Chromatic in verifying its high-complexity chip design using Ikos' Virtualogic emulation system. Chromatic Research expects to reduce the design risk associated with high complexity electronic systems and improve time to market goals through its partnership with Ikos.
As companies face the business risks associated with the development of innovative electronic systems, the concept of shared risk and reward becomes an increasingly attractive option for both EDA customers and vendors. A tight coupling of verification technology and design expertise is critical to the success of these projects, and traditional time and materials billing methods are not effective.
Ikos' Consulting Services organization uses a fixed-price, shared risk/reward model in which agreed-upon verification milestones and deliverables are determined by Ikos and the customer before the project begins. Ikos consultants then provide services such asproject planning, schedules, on-site consulting, periodic reviews, and management support of the milestones laid out in the agreement. Ikos is compensated for its services when the agreed-upon milestones are met and it receives customer acceptance.
Ikos Consulting Services provides technology, resources, and know-how to maximize design engineering productivity, improve design quality, and reduce customer time to market goals. Experienced Ikos consultants work closely with customers to translate theirdesign challenges into state of the art solutions. Through the Consulting Services organization, Ikos delivers emulation services for design start-up, modeling, integration, operation, and environment tuning while maximizing the return on the customers' investment in Ikos technology.
The Virtualogic and Avatar emulation systems are based on standard FPGAs and SRAMs coupled with the unique capabilities of the patented Virtualwires software technology. VirtuaLogic and Avatar provide a robust, low-cost approach to emulation. The technologyenables virtual first silicon so that software and system integrators can begin the system and software debug process early on in the verification process, as soon as the chip design is stable, as opposed to waiting for real silicon.
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