Cogency tools up for DAC

Cogency tools up for DAC
Richard Ball Cogency Technology, the company set up to pursue asynchronous circuit development, is planning a major launch of design tools this summer. “We’ll be announcing a new product at the Design Automation Conference in June,” said Jeff Dean, Cogency’s head of European operations. Cogency’s approach is to address one of the major stumbling blocks of asynchronous design: developing circuits using standard EDA tools. “We’ve developed a range of tools for self-timed [asynchronous] circuits that work with existing synthesis and simulation tools, within a synchronous design flow,” said Dean. “With the complexity of designs these days, you don’t want to have to hand craft circuits.” The company aims to bring the benefits of self-timed circuits – low noise and lower power consumption – to a wider community of designers. The concept of asynchronous design will also be applied to the growing intellectual property (IP) market. Linking blocks of IP on a chip sounds simple, but in reality it can be a nightmare if each block has its own clock requirement. “You could put an asynchronous shell around the synchronous blocks of IP and link them together asynchronously,” Dean pointed out. As part of an expansion plan, the company is reorganising in Europe and hiring staff. “We’re closing our Manchester development centre and relocating to our south of England headquarters,” said Dean. Some Manchester staff are moving to the firm’s base in Canada, while others will go to Bracknell.


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