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CircuitSutra unveils STARC compliant SystemC models

Posted: 22 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SystemC  STARC  transaction level modelling 

CircuitSutra's Ashwani Singh & Puneet Arora, developers of the STARC compliant models'

CircuitSutra's Ashwani Singh & Puneet Arora, developers of the STARC compliant models

SystemC modelling technology company CircuitSutra Technologies Pvt. Ltd has developed a demo SystemC model set which is completely based on STARC transaction level modelling guide second edition released last January.

According to the company, the demo models will help system design engineers who want to do practical study of transaction level modelling using SystemC. The demo set also seeks to help people who want to master the modelling guideline of STARC.

Transaction level (TL) modelling technique is introduced to solve the design criteria to develop increasingly complex large-scale designs. TL design methodology can raise the abstraction level of the design, which enables engineers to see the design behaviour more abstracted level, and also reduce the coding volume. This modelling technique enabled architectural exploration and/or software/hardware co-design, co-verification more early stage of the design.

STARC TL modelling guide second edition defines the standard in three areas – abstraction level, model structure, and communication API. It is based on OSCI TLM2.0 features such as coding styles, sockets, generic payload, and base protocol. The demo SystemC model set developed by CircuitSutra is compliant with this guide.

The demo model consists of a general purpose timer, programmable interrupt controller, and initiator. By following the coding style of this demo model, users can learn the key points of STARC TL Modelling Guide, such as model structure which separate computation and communication function, class separation for TLM APIs, and usage of several abstraction levels. The user can compile and run it on OSCI SystemC simulation environment. User guide is included along with demo models. Note that the code is well evaluated by STARC experts prior to the release.

"By studying this newly developed demo model set, engineers can easily understand the technique of transaction level modelling. The demo set will undoubtedly accelerate the widespread use of TLM methodology in the industry'" said Mr. Sho Sano, senior manager, Design Standard Group, Planning Department of STARC.

The code can now be downloaded from CircuitSutra's website free of charge.

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