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Components | August 29, 2011

NEC releases High Level Synthesis IDE, CyberWorkBench

NEC Corporation (NEC) isbeginning of sales activities for CyberWorkBench's dedicated FPGA version.
CyberWorkBench is a C-based LSI design platform developed by NEC over the course of twenty years. CyberWorkBench is developed around the "All-in-C" paradigm that allows high level synthesis and verification of any ANSI-C or SystemC program generating high quality RTL. CyberWorkBench's unique verification tools include high speed model generators, property checkers, software co-simulation environments and source code debuggers.

Although HDL is commonly used for LSI design, CyberWorkBench leverages technologies to generate designs 1/7 smaller than hand coded RTL, to create cycle-accurate simulation models 100 times faster than RTL simulation, and to reduce the labor cost and production time of design by several times. Sales activities began August 25 for this FPGA compatible technology.

FPGAs started being commercialized approximately twenty years ago. Since then, FPGA design starts have continued growing annually. Today, FPGA can be found in a wide variety of products, ranging everywhere from networking equipment to image processing media. NEC's CyberWorkBench FPGA version supports two of the leading FPGA vendors, Altera and Xilinx.

Currently, HDL input such as VHDL and Verilog HDL are used for the majority of FPGA design, however, CyberWorkBench utilizes C-based design. Since C is widely used in software design, CyberWorkBench can convert directly into hardware design. This enables hardware to handle face recognition and high level encryption that is traditionally difficult for hardware to process. NEC expects this to result in the widespread use of FPGA applications for functions that were previously only carried out by CPU.

Key features of the CyberWorkBench FPGA version include:

1. Expanded product lineup:

2. Output HDL optimized for selected FPGA

3. Easy to use IDE and GUI with excellent documentation and training material

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