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Kuala Lumpur - Exsedia Speeds Up Design Work with New EDA Tool

EDA tool company Exsedia has launched a new high-level "self-documenting" product - Nimbus - for design engineers, which will significantly speed up their work and reduce time to market.

Exsedia CEO Abdul Razak Bahrom said that the design process is often ridden with errors and requires rework after verification. "This eats into the time and cost of the project. Engineers are also constantly driven by deadline pressures, and they don't have the time to be learning yet another proprietary modeling language."

Nimbus, an electronic system level (ESL) tool for modeling large-scale designs, has a four-in-one capability: design capture, verification, simulation, and code generation. "It is plug-and-play with existing front-end design development tools, has a proven shortened learning curve and better manages design complexity," said Razak. Nimbus leverages on algorithmic state machines (ASM) notation instead of traditional design using finite state machines (FSM) methodology. "ASM is independent of coding styles, which means that you no longer have to rewrite codes written in, say Verilog, into another language such as VHDL."

Suitable for Training

Razak added that Nimbus is intuitive, graphical, and shortens analysis time. "It is self-documenting, making documentation easily traceable for error-checking, and improves design management and intellectual property (IP) reuse. Engineers are now assured of clear, elegant codes and accurate representations of their algorithms, so they can now focus on being creative and innovative in architecting their design intent."

Telcos and networking companies in Europe and Japan have evaluated early versions of Nimbus and returned with positive feedback. "Engineers have found that our technology is particularly well-suited for complex, protocol-based designs of sequential, synchronous electronic systems that can be partitioned into control and data paths," said Razak.

Several universities are using Nimbus in high-level design training, such as system design and algorithmic hardware development. "The level of abstraction that our technology offers allows trainees to learn the essence of good design by focusing on important functional aspects first, without having to struggle with learning HDL code at the same time," Razak said. Exsedia is currently collaborating with MIT-backed Malaysia University of Science & Technology (MUST) in Kuala Lumpur to develop a training session on high-level hardware design. The company is targetting Asia as well as vertical industries in US, Japan and Europe.

by Julian Matthews

(April 2004 Issue, Nikkei Electronics Asia)
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