Design verification tools company Verisity has launched a partners programme in a bid to get its 'e' language and Specman Elite tool into wider use among other simulation and analysis software.
But the company is still waiting for two key sector players to come on-board: Synopsys, which owns one of the leading Verilog simulators, and Innoveda.
Coby Hanoch, general manager of European operations for Verisity, admits there are companies which have not yet formally signed up for the programme but is confident that Innoveda and Synopsys will eventually join.
He says that integration with tools such as simulators and hardware emulators will be achieved through two types of interface.
"We have defined an API that is more direct and efficient than PLI [Verilog's programming language interface]," said Hanoch. "Some tools use PLI but others have deeper access."
Verisity is investigating whether it can use the newly defined SCE-API backed by Mentor Graphics and Ikos, both members of the Verisity programme, to let Specman communicate directly with in-circuit emulators.
"We are seeing what is needed and are checking the implications," said Hanoch.