Japanese research centre chooses MathWorks products

MathWorks has announced that the Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) in Japan has selected and certified Matlab, Simulink and Embedded Coder as the preferred tools for model-based design in its new STARCAD-AMS design flow.

STARC is the Japan semiconductor industry consortium – of which member companies are Fujitsu Semiconductor, Panasonic, Renesas Electronics, Rohm, Sony and Toshiba.

Now, model-based design using Matlab and Simulink can be incorporated by participant member companies as a pre-qualified system level platform in the standard semiconductor design and verification flows of their 'mixed-signal' design project.

The STARCAD-AMS approach standardises the analogue/mixed-signal ASIC design flow and eases migration between system-level design and circuit-level design through a prescribed inter-design tool cooperation methodology.

In this improved flow, engineers perform system-level behavioural modelling and simulation in Matlab and Simulink to take advantage of extensive libraries of blocks and functions, as well as fast simulation speeds.

This flow continues with automatic C-code generation with Embedded Coder and custom System Verilog extensions that interface and integrate the behavioural models in industry-standard downstream EDA tools. In an evaluation project with the new design flow – featuring Model-Based Design and automatic code generation, and conducted on a motif circuit prepared by STARC – the development time was reduced by approximately 50 per cent.

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