SANTA CRUZ, Calif. In a boost to the language standardization efforts of the Open SystemC Initiative, Mentor Graphics Corp. formally joined the group this week as a corporate member. Mentor had stayed away from OSCI earlier this year because of legal concerns, but signaled its intent to join the organization in June.
Meanwhile, OSCI announced the production release of SystemC version 2.0 code, which is now available for downloading from the OSCI Web site. The long-awaited version 2.0 is said to greatly expand the behavioral-modeling capabilities of the C++ class library that underlies SystemC.
Combined with Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s decision to join OSCI earlier this year, Mentor's membership shows that the SystemC modeling platform, initiated by Synopsys Inc. and CoWare Inc., is gaining industry-wide support. OSCI's modification of a controversial licensing clause concerning patent rights paved the way for Cadence and Mentor to join.
Mentor announced that Michael Bohm, chief technologist of its HDL design division, has been appointed to the OSCI board of directors.