Fremont, Calif.--March 23, 1998--Seva Technologies (Fremont) will exhaustively test and analyze the PC, powered by Microsoft's Windows NT, to determine if it is a viable design engineering platform.
A series of articles, which began appearing in the March issue of Integrated System Design (ISD), will run throughout 1998. They will describe the platform's ability to take a design through a complete flow, report Seva Technologies' findings, and analyze benchmark results.
The hardware benchmark started with logic simulation. Using Verilog-XL from CadenceDesign System, Seva Technologies rigorously tested the PC and Windows NT. Adetailed step-by-step article of the benchmark and results is reported in ISD.
Seva Technologies used the Sun Microsystems Ultra II to set the baseline. It installedVerilog-XL on five different PC/Windows NT platforms--Compaq 5100, DellWorkstation 400, Gateway E5000, Hewlett Packard Kayak, and IBM Intellistation--todetermine if NT is a viable platform. Each was easy to set up and software installedsmoothly.
Previously, Unix-based machines were solely used to benchmark Verilog HDLsoftware, which meant existing benchmarks were only available on that hardware platform.The first priority became migrating testbenches from Unix to the PC via FTP. Asexpected, scripts needed to be modified because of the run time control, but otherwise,design data and test benches were easily portable.
At the conclusion of the logic simulation benchmark, Seva Technologies was impressedat how easy it was to start running existing designs on Windows NT and how close theperformance was to the performance customarily found on Unix-based platforms.
To complete the design flow, benchmarks will be done testing the PC platform andWindows NT for use in design verification and design synthesis phases. A benchmark totest the PC for circuit simulation will specifically target issues surrounding itsfloating-point processor. A final benchmark on IC layout tools willdetermine the PC/Windows NT environment's ability to handle design with extensivegraphics. In each case, the industry-leading EDA software tool available on Windows NTwill be used.
To learn more about the benchmark, the criteria, analysis, and conclusions, visit the ISDWeb site at: www.isdmag.com or the Seva Web site at: www.seva.com.
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