PARIS The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) has moved one step further. It has released a draft of SystemC synthesis subset standard, which is open for public review until Jan. 21, 2010.
OSCI is advancing SystemC as an industry-standard language for electronics system level (ESL) design.
The synthesis subset draft 1.3 standard, OSCI claimed, details a standard syntax and semantics for SystemC synthesis. The standard includes hardware constructs at the behavioral and register-transfer levels, and is based on the ANSI C++ standard and the IEEE 1666-2005 standard for SystemC.
OSCI specified that complying with this standard would allow users doing hardware implementation in SystemC to produce designs using a well-defined coding style, independent of the particular implementation of synthesis technology by any vendor.
OSCI is calling on SystemC users and developers to participate in the public review of the Synthesis subset draft 1.3 standard. Results of the review and comments are expected to be made public in the third quarter of 2010.
The draft 1.3 is available on an open source basis from the OSCI website.