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Spirit announces release of SystemRDL

Posted: 21 May 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP blocks  electronic design  digital systems  register arrays 

The Spirit Consortium, a non-profit organisation focused on establishing multi-faceted IP/tool integration standards, has approved for public release SystemRDL, a language for the design and delivery of registers to be used in IP blocks within electronic designs.

The SystemRDL semantics support the entire life-cycle of registers from specification, model generation, and design verification to maintenance and documentation. Registers are not just limited to traditional configuration registers, but can also refer to register arrays and memories.

The SystemRDL language has been designed to increase productivity, quality, and reuse during the design and development of complex digital systems. It can and has been used to share IP within and between groups, companies, and consortiums. This is accomplished by specifying a single source for the register description from which all views, software, hardware, and documentation, can be automatically generated which ensures consistency between multiple views.

A view is any output generated from the SystemRDL description, e.g., RTL code or documentation. These views include the production of IP-XACT descriptions. SystemRDL is used by many teams to succinctly capture a human readable and writable description from which the rest of the deliverables are produced.

"The SPIRIT Consortium gratefully acknowledges the contribution of SystemRDL to The Consortium by Denali. This contribution provides the industry with a language to comprehensively describe registers and has extended the IP-XACT register descriptions extensively, thereby also extending the usage of the IP-XACT standard into many practicable design areas", says Ralph von Vignau, president of The Consortium. "SystemRDL together with IP-XACT will provide the industry with a welcome design environment to manage and create registers in complex designs."

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