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An update on commercial ESL

Filed under: Uncategorized — December 11, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

On Tuesday December 9 2008 there was a webcast on ESL hosted by John Miklosz, editor of SoC Central, and featuring four speakers from various EDA and ESL companies:

Each of them gives an overview of ESL as they and their companies see it, and describe their ESL tools and flows.

There is nothing particularly new in the presentations, but it is a good, 1 hour overview of the state of a number of commercial ESL tools, and the webcast is available as an archive. You can find it by going in via any of the following links – as long as they last – Synopsys, (look for ESL E-Cast); Event registration on On24; SoC Central (look at the bottom of the page, or try this direct link to the event). You might find it of interest if you would like an update of this area.

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  1. Perry Alexander:

    This is a great webcast and worth a listen for anyone interested in ESL. Some really nice stuff!

    Does ESL equal increasing abstraction and adding software? It would seem so at most of these companies. Abstraction is certainly important as is dealing with software, but what about other system-level issues like energy consumption, security, EMI. The first presentation makes some allusions to this, but I think Glenn Perry really gets it right – ESL is about agility when making implementation choices and supporting early decision making honoring system-level requirements.

    How are performance requirements being integrated in modeling? Is there a standard way of representing constrains in SystemC, VHDL 200x, or SystemVerilog? It would seem these are purely functional modeling languages and the need still exists for integration of what are traditionally thought of as system-level requirements.

    Is there an accepted standard for model integration? I don’t see one, but if system-level requirements exist outside the traditional HDL representation, this must be addressed.

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