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SystemC Components

(SystemC using transactional-level modelling (TLM/ESL) is in a later section).

SystemC is a free library for C++ for hardware SoC modelling. »Download from www.systemc.org

It includes (at least):

Originally it served for architectural exploration.

Now being used for fast, transactional modelling.

Also now being used as an implementation language with its own synthesis tools.

Problem: hardware engineers are not C++ experts but they can be faced with complex or advanced C++ error messages when they misuse the library.

Benefit: General-purpose behavioural C code, including application code and device drivers, can all be modelled in a common language.

(C) 2008-10, DJ Greaves, University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory.