ANAHEIM, Calif. Setting the stage for the submission of the SystemC language to the IEEE for standardization, the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) announced the release of a Language Reference Manual (LRM) for SystemC v2.0.1 Tuesday (June 3). OSCI announced the move at a Design Automation Conference luncheon panel that discussed the progress of SystemC.
The LRM is publicly available at the OSCI web site. The 400-page document, authored by Willamette HDL, allows EDA tool and intellectual property (IP) developers to build products based on the emerging standard.
Kevin Kranen, OSCI president, said OSCI will establish a project authorization request (PAR) for submission to the IEEE within the year. He said SystemC v2.0.1 is a "true" system-level standard ready for IEEE standardization.
"SystemC is in use today," Kranen told luncheon attendees. "We are seeing real chips designed with SystemC, we are seeing real EDA products that leverage SystemC, and we are seeing SystemC IP."
Guido Arnaut, CoWare CEO and OSCI chief strategy officer, said OSCI will "adjust" its mission to work with the IEEE. He said OSCI will "incubate" SystemC additions and possible "use standards" in such areas as synthesis and transaction-level modeling. The IEEE will own SystemC, not OSCI, he noted.
Mike Baird, president of Willamette HDL, said the primary usage for SystemC thus far is simulation performance, with about a 50-50 split between software development and system-level architecture. "During the last six months, we're also seeing a rather large surge in use for verification," he said. "And we're seeing a smaller group that wants a single language throughout the design flow."
Other panelists at the DAC luncheon examined the use of SystemC in Europe, proposed extensions to the synthesis subset, and presented case studies from ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments.