The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) released the draft 1.3 standard of the SystemC Synthesis Subset. The Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard is intended for use by logic designers, electronic engineers, and design automation tool developers. It describes a standard syntax and semantics for SystemC synthesis. The Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard is available for download under open-source license.
The Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard includes hardware constructs at the behavioral and register-transfer levels, and is based on the ANSI C++ standard and the IEEE 1666-2005 Standard for SystemC. The purpose of the SystemC Synthesis Subset standard is to define common syntax and semantics that can be recognized by all compliant high-level synthesis tools. Complying with this standard will allow users doing hardware implementation in SystemC to produce designs using a well-defined coding style, independent of the particular implementation of synthesis technology by any vendor.
The electronic design community is invited to participate in the public review of the Synthesis Subset Draft 1.3 standard, open until Jan. 31, 2010. Results of the review and comments will be made public Q3, 2010.
OSCI is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design.
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