SAN JOSE, CALIF. (April 5) BUSINESS WIRE -April 5, 1999--
OMI to PLI Software Ensures Open Exchange
of HDL-based IP For SOC Designs
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN) today announced that it will
provide IEEE 1499 Open Model Interface (OMI) to IEEE 1364 Programming
Language Interface (PLI) adapter technology at no cost to companies who
develop and/or resell simulators for hardware description language
The adapters are fully tested with the Affirma(tm) model packager and
the Cadence(R) Affirma HDL simulators and are available in both
compiled and source code format.
This unique technology enables any HDL simulator with a PLI interface
to be equipped with an OMI socket for use with any component model that
supports OMI. The adapter is the second product to be delivered through
the recently announced Cadence Connections(R) open licensing program.
Easy access to the adapter will greatly increase the number of models
available to designers and facilitate the distribution of intellectual
"Cadence has validated its support of the OMI standard by integrating
it with its full line of HDL simulators," said Jose Fernandez, director
of system-level design products for Cadence. "The next step in
accelerating the adoption of this standard is to ensure open exchange
of HDL-based IP essential to meeting the demands of system-on-a-chip
(SOC) designs. Users will benefit from having access to larger
intellectual property (IP) portfolios and the increased performance and
flexibility inherent in the OMI interface."
"IEEE 1499 OMI is the premier method for the integration and reuse of
IP views. I am encouraged by Cadence's efforts to promote this standard
with the Affirma model packager," said Will Hobbs, Open Model Forum
chair. "Other EDA companies, IP vendors, and IP integrators should see
significant benefits in developing OMI tools and distributing OMI
"Transition of the industry from proprietary formats to open standards
is critical to the EDA industry's overall growth. The IEEE 1499 OMI
standard is an important step in that direction," said Dennis Brophy,
chairman of Open Verilog International (OVI) and director of strategic
business development for Model Technology, Inc.
OMI supports all the common modeling styles including Verilog, VHDL,
and 'c' and is engineered specifically for high-speed simulations. It
can be used for any application requiring fast data transfer, such as
debug environments and testbench generation, enabling a significant
overall boost in simulation performance.
Price and Availability
Available in June 1999, Cadence will offer the adapter technology
through the Connections open licensing program. The software will be
provided to licensees at no cost.
The Cadence Connections third-party software program is chartered with
making the Cadence "always open" policy a reality. There are now more
than 100 tool-oriented alliances formed with Cadence Connection
partners supporting several hundred interface products.
Cadence is the largest supplier of software products, consulting
services, and design services used to accelerate and manage the design
of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications
equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other
electronics-based products. With more than 4,000 employees and 1998
annual sales of $1.2 billion, Cadence has sales offices, design
centers, and research facilities around the world.
The company is headquartered in San Jose and traded on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol CDN. More information about the
company, its products and services may be obtained from the World Wide
Web at http://www.cadence.com.
Note to Editors: Cadence, Connections, and the Cadence logo are
registered trademarks and Affirma is a trademark of Cadence Designs
Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their owners.
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CONTACT: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
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