CIMdata PLM Industry Summary Online Archive

9 February 2009

Product News

CoWare and Rambus Announce Unique ESL Architecture Design Environment for Rambus’ XDR™ Memory Architecture

CoWare, Inc. and Rambus Inc., specializing in high-speed memory architectures, announced they have collaborated on a comprehensive ESL design environment with CoWare Platform Architect for Rambus’ XDR™ memory architecture. CoWare will distribute a SystemC model with the flexibility to match configurations of Rambus’ XDR memory subsystems.

Design engineers can now use CoWare Platform Architect ESL environment to do full architectural exploration, design verification, and software performance validation when designing with an XDR memory subsystem. This solution provides a productivity boost for the design of high-performance systems by accelerating the design process as well as enabling parallel development of the hardware and software.

Rambus’ XDR memory architecture transaction level model incorporates the XDR memory controller, memory controller interface (PHY), and XDR DRAM devices capable of delivering speeds of 3.2 to 4.8Gbps. The SystemC models allow thorough system performance analysis of various options for end applications, design configurations, and device types.

“Optimum design of the memory and interconnect subsystem is important to help our joint customers achieve their overall design performance goals,” said Tom De Schutter, marketing manager, IP models, CoWare. “With today’s reduced design budgets, our customers have only one shot at their design goal. This development with Rambus enables customers to achieve their performance targets without implementing a costly overdesign.”

“CoWare’s ESL tools have been widely adopted for optimizing design performance on both the hardware and software levels,” said Tim Messegee, vice president of Marketing at Rambus. “The partnership with CoWare enables easy integration of our XDR memory architecture into the overall system platform and allows our mutual customers the full benefit of our XDR memory architecture.”


The SystemC model designed for Rambus’ XDR memory architecture is available immediately from CoWare as part of the CoWare Model Library. For more information on this model, CoWare Platform Architect, CoWare Model Library, and CoWare’s other products, visit For more information on Rambus memory solutions, visit

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