SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 4, 2006— VaST Systems -- the technology leader in embedded design -- today announced the VaST Academic Program, which allows selected universities and other academic institutions to receive VaST technology free for educational and some research purposes.
The VaST Academic program provides users with a system engineering
environment for the design of embedded systems and system-on-chip
(SoC). VaST's solutions are used to develop a virtual system prototype
-- a cycle-accurate model of the SoC or embedded system that simulates
at near real-time speeds. The virtual system prototype is used for
architecture analysis and optimization, as well as for concurrent
software development and hardware design. The early availability, high
performance and observability of virtual system prototypes result in
reduced time to market and improved designer productivity.
"The Princeton engineering program covers techniques for designing
embedded computing systems. These systems are now found everywhere
from cell phones to automobiles, and designing them is a large
technical and business challenge. Use of the VaST tools and models
improves our ability to meet design challenges. Of particular
importance is teaching our students how to achieve architectural
constraints such as power and cost while accomplishing the required
functionality," commented Wayne Wolf, professor of electrical
engineering, department of Computer Science at Princeton University
and author of Modern VLSI Design, now in its third edition.
"Embedded system design has been part of the TU Braunschweig
curricula since 1996. In recent years, embedded systems have moved
from single processor architectures to distributed networked
multiprocessors with complex concurrency and communication
requirements. The VAST simulation environment enables our students to
understand virtual prototyping as a powerful and realistic design and
verification approach. They gain experience by investigating
computation and communication steps in a realistic multi-processor
environment. Achieving this level of detail and architecture insight
would be very difficult, and perhaps impossible, with a physical lab
prototype," said Professor Rolf Ernst, Institute of Computer and
Communication Network Engineering, Technical University of
"VaST has always had close relationships with the leading academic
institutions worldwide that are involved in embedded system
design research and education. Our Academic Program is a formalization
of this effort and will encourage an even greater level of cooperation
and communication with leading institutions," said Jeff Roane, vice
president of marketing for VaST.
VaST Systems Technology Corporation solutions enable the creation
of a virtual system prototype -- a cycle-accurate software model of a
system that operates at near real-time speeds under actual software
loads. VaST's solutions are OSCI SystemC-compliant and are used for
architecture, hardware and software design. VaST solutions
dramatically improve time to market and quality while reducing
development costs and risk.
Current customers include worldwide leaders in semiconductors,
automotive electronics, wireless devices and consumer electronics.
VaST is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with sales and support
offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.vastsystems.com.