Visit zamiaCAD at DATE 2012, Dresden, Germany, 12-16 March

Visit us at the Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE) conference Exhibition University booth where Tallinn University of Technology will demonstrate applications of the open source HW design fremework zamiaCAD.



  • Code entry features comprising syntax highlight, code entry, content assist (identifier auto-completion), extensible set of HDL templates and an incremental IG model builder.
  • Static analysis tasks and navigation. These are feasible due to the fully elaborated IG design model, where all identifiers (including types) are resolved. The tasks include
    • tracing of parts of signals,
    • precise global tracing,
    •  -- precise matching of overloaded subprograms,
    • tracing through generate-statements,
    • advanced signal value annotations (e.g. annotating only one bit of a vector),
    • computing expressions on the fly,
    • source-less and sink-less signal detection,
    • FSM recognition (work-in-progress),
    • code outline and code hierarchy view,
    • declaration search.
  • VHDL simulator, implemented in accordance with the IEEE Standard VHDL Language Reference Manual. Simulator also provides code coverage measurements, value/timing source back-annotations and importing of waveform files (VCD).
  • Debugging features include an experimental algorithm for automatic design error localization.
  • SystemC generation out of VHDL. Currently working prototype is already capable of generating a cycle-accurate, pin-accurate SystemC model out of RTL VHDL, thus preserving the level of abstraction. However the ultimate goal here is generation of SystemC TLM model directly from the VHDL RTL with zero/minimal manual interaction.
  • As a framework, zamiaCAD offers a scripting interface, implemented in JPython, for controlling external tools, such as ghdl, ModelSim etc.

zamiaCAD demonstrations are scheduled in the University booth Sessions UB07 and UB09:
Wednesday, March 14, 14:30-16:30 and
Thursday, March 15, 10:00-12:00

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