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Date: 09-04-13

STARC selects MATLAB, Simulink, and Embedded Coder as preferred tools

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.

The STARCAD-AMS design flow uses Model-Based Design to enable three key activities:
System-level modeling and simulation of behavioral models, which allow engineers to collaborate across system-level and analog-circuit-level design.
Optimization of system design parameters, by creating an analog/mixed-signal large-scale integration (LSI) design environment at the system level.
Automatic code generation for interfacing and integration with industry-standard downstream EDA tools, using Embedded Coder.

“Creating a workflow that streamlines system-level design for mixed-signal ASICs was a new challenge, which came with a mix of expectations and uncertainty,” said Kunihiko Tsuboi, STARC's senior manager of mixed-signal design group, R&D Department Div. 2. “However, STARC was able to test and witness the high quality and flexibility of MATLAB and Simulink, which allowed us to quickly and effectively solve design issues as they arose. We are also very impressed with the quality of support and speed of response that MathWorks provided throughout the process.”

“Model-Based Design continues to help increase collaboration, tool integration, and generation of C-code across the semiconductor industry,” said Sameer Prabhu, industry marketing director, MathWorks. “ASIC developers across the globe can now adopt the design platform that has been tested and preapproved by STARC – one of the leading centers for semiconductor design methodology in the world. The new STARCAD-AMS design flow improvements will help engineers gain added confidence in the quality and speed of their development efforts.”

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