Atmel and Celoxica Co-Develop ESL Design for Next Generation Processors

New Design & Synthesis Tools Are First Enabling Reconfigurable Hardware-Accelerated Processors

March 9, 2005 -- Atmel? Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions and Celoxica? Ltd, the leading provider of C-based design and synthesis solutions, announced today cooperation that extends Electronic System Level (ESL) design to a family of dynamically reconfigurable processors currently under development at Atmel. These new backend tools are being developed for a new generation of processors based on Atmel's FPSLIC? technology that is planned for introduction later this year.

Tools from Celoxica's ESL portfolio, the DK Design Suite and Agility Compiler will synthesise hardware accelerators from highly complex algorithms described in C or SystemC. Celoxica will also provide its HW/SW co-design technology and board-level integration technology to offer Atmel customers a seamless implementation flow. The tools are new to the industry because they allow for dynamic reconfiguration.

"On-demand, on-the-fly software and hardware programmability is becoming increasingly integrated and pervasive in modern systems development," said Guy Lafayette, marketing manager at Atmel. "It is critical that we empower existing and new customers to efficiently harness this potential. By using design tools from Celoxica we can easily migrate to ESL and enable our customers to better explore the design space, evaluate partitioning trade-offs and efficiently map complex designs onto a device."

More than 4 years of research undertaken at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has led to this cooperative development. Researchers from the Academy's Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA) collaborated with both Atmel and Celoxica to define and prove the flow from algorithm to implementation. "By utilising using C-based design and synthesis from Celoxica we have demonstrated ease of design and lower cost of design coupled with production grade implementation," said Jiri Kadlec, head of the Department of Signal Processing at UTIA. "We have also demonstrated increased functional density of user designs and decreased power consumption by taking advantage of dynamic reconfiguration."

"We're delighted to be working with Atmel and UTIA in this important area of research, design and development," said Jeff Jussel, vice president of marketing for Celoxica. "ESL design coupled with high-level synthesis delivers the productivity and efficiency gains that designers and modern reconfigurable architectures demand. By working with Atmel, we will extend design support to include not only high speed, high quality custom HW/SW implementations but also pre-compiled IP that further reduces the burden of complex design and verification."

About Atmel
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(SM).

About Celoxica
An innovator in Electronic System Level (ESL) design, Celoxica supplies the design tools, boards, IP and services that enable the next generation of advanced electronic product design. Celoxica technology raises design abstraction to the algorithm level, accelerating productivity and lowering risk and costs by generating semiconductor hardware directly from C-based software descriptions. Adding to a growing installed base, Celoxica provides the world's most widely used C-based behavioural design and synthesis solutions to companies developing semiconductor products in markets such as consumer electronics, defence and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security. For more information visit:

About UTIA
The Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA) is a research institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. It is concerned with the research in the field of control, information and computer sciences including in particular system theory, data processing and random processes from the point of view of mathematical modeling, decision-making, automatic control and signal processing. Our aim is not only to cope with theoretical aspects of algorithmic design, but also to help the industrial partners to solve the implementation issues in all their complexity. For more information, visit:

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