Synopsys Joins Nexus 5001™ Forum

Piscataway, N.J., March XX, 2013 – Synopsys, Inc., a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems has joined Nexus 5001™ Forum, an industry consortium supporting the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ (Nexus 5001) standard for debug in high performance processors, digital controllers, and system-on-chip (SoC) devices.

“The Nexus 5001 Forum was established to address the need for an open standard for embedded processor debug,” said Mike Thompson, senior manager, ARC Processor Marketing at Synopsys. “By joining the Nexus 5001 Forum, Synopsys is able to share our knowledge of embedded processors and systems to help guide future versions of this standard, while enhancing the debugging capabilities of our processor solutions.”

The Nexus 5001 Forum Standard defines a high performance general-purpose interface for the software development and debug of embedded processors. As advances in higher-performance embedded processors and semiconductor and system design continue, embedded instrumentation and tools for analysis, debug, and calibration become critical features for applications. Nexus 5001 Forum members collaborate to advance standards based solutions for the industry.

“We welcome Synopsys to the Nexus 5001 community and are pleased to have Synopsys’ involvement in Nexus Forum. As a major force in the EDA and IP industry, Synopsys is an ideal partner to contribute
to the continued success of the Nexus 5001 standard,” said Neal Stollon, Chairman, Nexus 5001 Forum. “We look forward to Synopsys processor IP joining the array of cores that utilize the Nexus 5001
Standard as it continues to evolve to meet the debug needs of embedded processors and SoC products in a wide number of applications.”

About Nexus 5001 Forum
Nexus 5001™ Forum was established in 1999 to support the use and proliferation of the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ standard. Spanning the semiconductor, development tools, and telecom and automotive
electronics industries, Nexus 5001 Forum membership comprise industry leading silicon suppliers, tools developers, IP companies, and end users. Initially focused on the stringent requirements of
microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, Nexus 5001 Forum has evolved its overall goal to enable the standards based development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, and high performance
IP, microcontroller, processor, and SoC instrumentation and debug tools. Membership in the Nexus 5001 Forum is open to any interested party involved in instrumentation or debug related work. Those interested in participating or wishing to information about IEEE-ISTO 5001- are encouraged to visit the Nexus Forum online at www.nexus5001.org.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. accelerates innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their
design, verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create billions of chips and systems. Learn more at www.synopsys.com

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Press Release: Nexus Announces New 2012 “Nexus 5001 Standard Addressing Multi-core and SOC Debug Challenges”

2012 Nexus 5001™ Forum standard delivers superior debug solutions for faster time-to-market, higher quality to high-value markets including automotive, aerospace, telecommunications, and medical devices

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA 25 June 2012 – The Nexus 5001™ Forum today announced the ratification of IEEE-ISTO 5001™-2012 Standard (Nexus 5001) for a Global Embedded Processor Debug Interface. Developed by the Nexus Forum, an industry group of IC companies, systems manufacturers and design automation companies, the revised standard adds support for two new interfaces – IEEE Std. 1149.7™ (JTAG) and the Nexus trace over a high-speed Xilinx® Aurora SerDes (Serializers/Deserializers) interface, delivering an array of benefits such as shortened time-to-market, for designers.

“We are very pleased to see the completion of this new standard release, which extends Nexus 5001’s value in system-on-chip (SoC) design. It provides the security and support of a proven standards-based debug framework with the flexibility to address a wide range of instrumentation solutions,” said Neal Stollon, chairman, Nexus 5001 Forum. ”The new Nexus 5001-2012 standard release adds a range of powerful features including new transactions and interfaces that address the major challenges in the debug world, better support for more complex multi-core debug environments and higher performance trace interfaces to allow higher off-chip data throughput for more comprehensive in-silicon analysis.”

Many challenges in on-chip debug are directly related to pin I/O resources. For pin-limited designs, reduced debug I/O is often important. For multi-core, SoC designs, increasing the amount of debug throughput, without increasing I/O pins is important for effective and successful analysis and calibration.

“As embedded electronic systems have become more demanding, chip designers are turning to multi-core, SoC solutions that significantly raise gate count and chip complexity. This also requires more complex verification and validation of both the microcontroller and the software running on the MCU. The high-speed Nexus trace port over Aurora allows more data to be transmitted to handle the large amounts of trace data that can be generated by multi-core SoCs,” said Randy Dees, 32-bit automotive MCU applications engineer, Freescale Semiconductor, and chairman, Hardware Technical Committee, Nexus 5001 Forum. “Nexus 5001-2012 offers a robust solution for the highly demanding data requirements for instrumentation and measurement of the customer system.

Understanding component and subsystems operations in a variety of environments over time is critically important for system qualification, calibration, upgrading, and safety-critical design in design domains such as automotive, military-aerospace, communications, and medical applications that demand high-quality debug solutions.

“GM Powertrain has utilized a Nexus-based debug interface for the past three generations of development controllers, which spans more than a decade of engine, transmission, and hybrid ECUs. Adhering to the Nexus 5001 standard is important to GM because it has provided a powerful, common interface across multiple generations of development controllers, which has enabled the ability to reuse software development tools,” said Norm D’Amico, staff engineer, Controls Engineering Tools Group, GM Powertrain, and GM representative, Nexus 5001 Forum. “Reuse of course, is a big factor in keeping costs down, and this would not be possible without following a robust standard like Nexus 5001.”

Addressing the increasing needs in trace and calibration throughput for multi-core, SoC designs, the Nexus Specification also adds support for the Nexus Protocol over Aurora. Aurora is a high-performance, serial data link layer protocol proven over a decade of successful use by industry leading companies. It is a low-latency, resource-efficient, open protocol developed by Xilinx that provides a transparent lower-level interface to the physical serial links transferring Nexus packets. Aurora enables access to the device’s transceiver capabilities and also lowers BOM cost through pin- and trace-count reduction.

“Xilinx developed Aurora to save developers the time and resources that they would otherwise need to spend if they were to develop and test their own multi-gigabit transceiver protocols. Since Aurora is a scalable, open standard that can be used in any silicon device, it has become a de-facto point-to-point, high-speed serial interconnect standard serving multiple market segments,” said Tim Vanevenhoven, director of marketing, IP Design Methodology, Xilinx. “Its use for high-performance trace operations as part of the IEEE-ISTO 5001-2012 release is yet another domain where Aurora provides best-in-class features and capabilities in performance-critical applications.”

Nexus interfaces also continue to support parallel auxiliary (AUX) buses that are widely used for trace in existing Nexus designs.

To support more effective JTAG-based operations, the Nexus standard has integrated IEEE Std. 1149.7, a next-generation extension of JTAG that defines parallel JTAG TAPS and 2-pin JTAG interfaces, as well as 1149.1 JTAG. IEEE Std. 1149.7 was added because it offers features and options to support complex digital debug issues, including power management, and multiple-core CPUs.

The Nexus 5001-2012 standard is fully available to all Nexus 5001 Forum members and their affiliates; for additional information, please visit www.nexus5001.org. For more information on Xilinx Aurora and available licensing options, please visit www.xilinx.com/aurora.

One of the industry’s premier Open Standards organizations, the Nexus 5001 Forum is home to leading instrumentation and debug innovators and influencers. For membership and other information about the Nexus 5001 Forum, please contact Marissa Jadrosich, program manager, IEEE-ISTO, at marissa.jadrosich@ieee-isto.org, or join the Nexus 5001 Forum group on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/Nexus5001.

About Nexus 5001 Forum
Nexus 5001™ Forum was established in 1999 to support the use and proliferation of the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ standard. Spanning the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries, Nexus 5001™ Forum membership comprise industry leading silicon suppliers, tools developers, IP companies, and end users. Initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, Nexus 5001™ Forum has evolved its overall goal to enable the standards based development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, and high-performance IP, microcontroller, processor, and SoC instrumentation and debug tools. Membership in the Nexus 5001™ Forum is open to any interested party involved in instrumentation or debug related work. Those interested in participating or wishing to download IEEE-ISTO 5001™ are encouraged to visit the Nexus Forum online at www.nexus5001.org.

Accurate Technologies Inc. Joins Nexus 5001™ Forum

Piscataway, NJ March 1, 2012Accurate Technologies Inc., a leading independent supplier of Electronic Control Unit development tools, has joined Nexus 5001™ Forum, an industry consortium supporting the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ (Nexus 5001™) standard for on-chip debug and analysis instrumentation in high-performance microcontrollers, processors, and system-on-chip devices.

“ATI’s success has been based on providing flexibility for our customers, and we believe that supporting open standards such as the Nexus 5001™ standard will provide users the freedom to select the best possible product for their application,” said Jeff Smith, Hardware Product Manager, ATI. “We are joining Nexus 5001™ Forum to be positioned to better influence the standard, while increasing its benefit to industry.”

The Nexus 5001™ Forum Standard provides a general-purpose interface for the software development and debug of embedded processors. As advances in semiconductor and system design continue, embedded applications are using higher-performance embedded processors. Nexus 5001™ Forum members collaborate to advance the standard.

“The Nexus 5001™ Standard continues to evolve to meet the debug needs of embedded processors,” said Neal Stollon, Chairman, Nexus 5001™ Forum. “I welcome Accurate Technologies Inc. to the Nexus 5001™ community. I am confident Accurate Technologies Inc. will contribute to the continued success of the Nexus 5001™ standard.”

About Nexus 5001 Forum

Nexus 5001™ Forum was established in 1999 to support the use and proliferation of the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ standard. Spanning the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries, Nexus 5001™ Forum membership comprise industry leading silicon suppliers, tools developers, IP companies, and end users. Initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, Nexus 5001™ Forum has evolved its overall goal to enable the standards based development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, and high-performance IP, microcontroller, processor, and SoC instrumentation and debug tools. Membership in the Nexus 5001™ Forum is open to any interested party involved in instrumentation or debug related work. Those interested in participating or wishing to download IEEE-ISTO 5001™ are encouraged to visit the Nexus Forum online at www.nexus5001.org.

Nexus 5001™ Forum Adopting IEEE Std 1149.7

Piscataway, NJ February 10, 2010 – Nexus 5001™ Forum, an industry consortium supporting the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ (Nexus 5001™) standard for debug in high-performance microcontrollers, processors, and system-on-chip devices, announced today it has adopted the recently ratified IEEE Std 1149.7 as a supported feature in its 2010 update to the Nexus 5001 Standard. Nexus 5001™ has supported IEEE Std 1149.1 (JTAG) since its initial specification release; support for IEEE 1149.7, as a successor to JTAG, will be included, along with other currently supported interfaces, in the next version of the Nexus 5001™ Standard, planned for a 2010 release. IEEE Std 1149.7 was adopted for the upcoming Nexus 5001™ specification as it provides key functionalities that are complimentary to extending Nexus-based debug capabilities, while maintaining backwards compatibility for current users.

“It is an important step forward that the 2010 IEEE-ISTO 5001™ Nexus specification will incorporate new debug features and interfaces supported by the IEEE 1149.7 specification,” says Todd Collins, Nexus 5001™ Forum Chairman. “By supporting 1149.7, Nexus 5001™ provides improved debug features with a variety of interface options and modes, including higher performance yet lower pin count debug ports that are needed in many areas of the microcontroller/microprocessor market”.

“We are excited to see the adoption of IEEE 1149.7 for Nexus 5001™,” said David Kleidermacher, Chief Technology Officer at Green Hills Software. “Green Hills has long supported the adoption of industry standards for all aspects of embedded development. IEEE 1149.7 allows Green Hills to provide new levels of visibility and run control to our industry leading debug solutions, and backwards compatibility with our current JTAG solutions based on IEEE 1149.1 means customers will have an easy migration path to adopt this new technology. We look forward to developing new capabilities based around this new standard.”

The Nexus IEEE-ISTO 5001™ specification is an IEEE standard for debugging interfaces of embedded systems and processors. It was developed to provide extended debug capability, particularly when used for data intensive analysis operations such as trace and calibration. Nexus 5001™ openly defines debug interfaces and protocols that are supported by a wide variety of tool vendors across a range of processor cores.

For Nexus 5001 users, IEEE Std 1149.7 offers significant new capabilities, including:
– High performance, vendor-neutral port interfaces which can provide a standards based gateway to integration with other standards based debug and test capabilities (ex: IEEE Std 1149.1, IEEE Std 1500, IEEE P1587, IEEE-ISTO 5001™ Nexus) required at both the chip and board level.
– Backward compatibility with existing IEEE Std 1149.1 JTAG devices and IP by emulation of JTAG interfaces, allowing support of existing JTAG test systems, or use where more advanced features are not normally required.
– Reduced (2-wire) pin configurations with pin savings that provide higher performance JTAG compatible test and debug functionality at a lower pin cost.
– Improved efficiency in multi-chip or multi-core environments via low latency parallel data (4-wire or 2-wire star) interface topologies compatible with current Nexus Auxiliary port based configurations, and improved serial bypass delay capabilities in current JTAG based Nexus interface configurations.
– Standardized handling of debug logic power conditions via selectable power mode controls to power down test and debug features for low power devices
– BDX (Background Data Transport) and CDX (custom data transport) transfer modes for higher debug data transfer and channel performance.

About Nexus 5001 Forum
Nexus 5001™ Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) and was established in 1999 to support the use and proliferation of the IEEE-ISTO 5001™ standard. Spanning the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries, Nexus 5001™ Forum membership comprise industry leading silicon suppliers, tools developers, IP companies, and end users. Initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, Nexus 5001™ Forum has evolved its overall goal to enable the standards based development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, and high-performance IP, microcontroller, processor, and SoC instrumentation and debug tools. Membership in the Nexus 5001™ Forum is open to any interested party involved in instrumentation or debug related work. Those interested in participating or wishing to download IEEE-ISTO 5001™- are encouraged to visit the Nexus Forum online at: www.nexus5001.org.

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Program Manager, Nexus 5001™ Forum
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OCP-IP and Nexus Announce Collaboration on Industry Standard Debug Efforts

BEAVERTON, Ore.– August 28, 2007 — OCP-IP and the NEXUS 5001(TM) Forum jointly announce a collaboration agreement that will allow more rapid creation of debug solutions. Collaboration will ensure an improved and more integrated on-chip debug tools solution for SoC, S/W and IP. By working together, Nexus and OCP-IP will enable their respective members to develop aligned and more unified end to end debug solutions.

OCP-IP sponsors an active Debug Working Group focused on problems and approaches related to improving standards based multi-core debug. The Debug working group has recently announced the availability of a white paper discussing a standardized Debug Interface Socket and OCP-bus compliant debug interfaces for IP blocks and cores to support on-chip core, multicore, and systems analysis and debug needs for software, hardware, and mixed SoC prototyping. The OCP-IP Debug strategy will be compatible with complementary industry standards efforts, with initial focus on JTAG (IEEE1149.1) and Nexus (IEEE-ISTO 5001(TM)) interfaces.

“Nexus members include many of the leading companies in the areas of embedded systems debug, many of whom are also members of OCP-IP,” said Ian Mackintosh, president OCP-IP. “By collaborating with the Nexus 5001(TM) Forum, we ensure that the work of both groups remains compatible and complimentary in progressing to provide cohesive and complete, end to end debug solutions.”

The Nexus 5001(TM) Forum was created in 1999 and is focused upon on-chip debug solutions based on the IEEE-ISTO 5001(TM), the Nexus 5001(TM) Standard for a Global Embedded Processor Debug Interface. Nexus based solutions provide a standard for high performance real-time multi-core debug, trace, calibration, rapid prototyping and on-chip analysis that has been proven in chip designs by several member companies on multiple architectures.

“By coordinating the Nexus and OCP-IP debug activities, customers will see improved core debug interfaces and new debug features that leverage the OCP-IP Debug Interface Socket and Nexus’ high performance interface standards,” said Dr. Neal Stollon, President of HDL Dynamics, which has been involved with both groups and is developing debug solutions based on both the OCP-IP Debug Interface Socket and the Nexus interface.

To download a copy of the Nexus white paper and specification, visit http://www.nexus5001.org.

About OCP-IP

The OCP International Partnership Association, Inc. (OCP-IP), formed in 2001, promotes and supports the Open Core Protocol (OCP) as the complete socket standard ensuring rapid creation and integration of interoperable virtual components. OCP-IP’s Governing Steering Committee participants include: Nokia (NYSE:NOK – News), Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN – News), Toshiba Semiconductor Group (including Toshiba America TAEC), and Sonics. OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation delivering the first fully supported, openly licensed, core-centric protocol comprehensively fulfilling system-level integration requirements. The OCP facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time, risk, and manufacturing costs for SoC designs. For additional background and membership information, visit www.OCPIP.org.

About Nexus 5001(TM) Forum

The Nexus 5001(TM) Forum was formed in 1999 and its membership spans the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries. Although the Forum initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, its overall goal is to enable the improved development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, high-performance processor and SoC analysis architectures and tools. The Nexus 5001(TM) Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). For additional background and membership information, visit http://www.nexus5001.org.

Analog Devices, NEC Electronics, Tensilica, and Texas Instruments join Nexus 5001™ Forum

Consortium driving real-time development tool interface that is engineered for multi-core debug for reduced development cycle time

Piscataway, NJ – 6 September 2006 – Semiconductor leaders Analog Devices Inc., NEC Electronics Corporation, Tensilica, and Texas Instruments have joined the growing industry effort to address multi-processor debugging of embedded systems. To accomplish this improvement, the 22 member companies of the Nexus 5001™ Forum are driving adoption of the Nexus Standard.

The Nexus Standard (IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001) is an embedded processor development tool interface that helps design engineers rapidly identify software- and hardware-level problems in real time. The Nexus 5001 standard is the only open debugging standard in the world and addresses the emerging multi-processor debugging problems of embedded systems with a common interface. By using a standard debug protocol available from multiple chip makers, companies can reduce time and expense when migrating between architectures. Adoption of the standard also helps reduce risk and improve overall quality and time to market.

“The ability to have real-time visibility and control of multiple embedded processor cores is only one area that the Nexus Forum has been striving for since its beginning,” said Ron Stence, long-time leader and proponent of the Nexus 5001 Forum and senior systems engineer for Freescale Semiconductor. “We are pleased to see the Forum continuing to gain momentum. Each of these new members has begun to make significant contributions to the Nexus Forum and Standard.”

“Analog Devices continuously improves the development and debug capability of it’s CrossCore Development Tools – including VisualDSP++, EZ-KIT Lite and EZ-Extenders — to support future members of its Blackfin family of processors. The Nexus 5001 Standard offers a performance and advanced feature set that enables the delivery of Trace and Real-Time data to and from a target system at a useable and sustainable rate,” said Derek Leadbetter, Director, DSP Development Tools.

Jim Trent, associate vice president and general manager of NEC Electronics America’s automotive strategic business unit stated, “NEC Electronics is pleased to become a Nexus 5001 Forum member. Our 32-bit V850™ CPU core will require more powerful and comprehensive development tools in the future. Having automotive standards helps enable more efficient support for the growing global automotive electronics market. The Nexus standardization of the tool interface will continue this momentum and accelerate the evolution and introduction of these features. We see an opportunity to expand the capability of the NEC Electronics tools for non-intrusive real-time trace and data-logging, and also enable similar enhancements for our third-party partners. The end result is better tools in the hands of our customers, which will lead to faster time to market and a reduction in their overall development investment.”

“Tensilica’s configurable processor cores are increasingly being used in larger and larger numbers per chip instead of logic blocks in complex SOC (system on chip) designs because they are faster to design, provide equivalent performance, and allow functions to be changed in firmware after the chip is made,” stated Steve Roddy, Tensilica’s vice president of marketing. “We joined the Nexus Forum standardization effort because it will enable the availability of an even broader array of world-class debugging tools needed by the growing number of multi-core SOC designers worldwide.”

Benefits of the Nexus 5001 Standard

Nexus allows for re-use of development tools and directly supports multi-core embedded processors to significantly reduce development time and resource investment for embedded systems. Establishing the Nexus Standard enables engineers and programmers to find and fix problems with their systems using emulators, debuggers, logic analyzers, hardware-in-the-loop and workstations to control embedded processors in real time.

Standardization also ensures that microprocessor systems can re-use diagnostic equipment across multiple architectures and design cycles. For example, the flexibility of a standard Nexus port allows an engineer to use the same toolset on each Nexus-enabled processor. Another major advantage is the multi-client interface capabilities of Nexus to conduct real-time multi-processor debug over a single Nexus interface.

About the Nexus 5001 Forum

The Nexus 5001 Forum membership spans the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries. Although the Forum initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, its overall goal is to enable the continued development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, high-performance microcontrollers.

Other Forum members include Ashling Microsystems Ltd.; Delphi Delco Electronics Systems; dSPACE GmbH; ETAS; First Silicon Solutions, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Freescale Semiconductor; General Motors Corp.; Green Hills Software, Inc.; Hitex Development Tools; IAR Systems AB; Infineon Technologies; Lauterbach Datentecknick GmbH; Motorola, Inc.; Samtec, Inc.; STMicroelectronics; Visteon Corporation; and Wind River Systems, Inc.

The Nexus 5001 Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), which provides administrative and management support to industry consortia and other standards development forums. To download the IEEE-ISTO 5001™-1999 specification via the Nexus 5001 Forum Web site, go to: http://www.nexus5001.org.

Membership in the Nexus 5001 Forum is open to any interested party and is not limited to particular vendors or particular interests. Those interested in participating in the Nexus specifications are encouraged to visit the Nexus Forum online at:
http://www.nexus5001.org.

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FS2 JOINS NEXUS 5001™ FORUM

Global standard for Embedded Debugging

SAN FRANCISCO, March 8, 2005 — First Silicon Solutions (FS2®) announced today at the Embedded Systems Conference that it has taken a major step forward in joining the NEXUS 5001™ FORUM to promote standardized debug interfaces for use in debugging microprocessors.

This is a growing industry effort to cut the time to market of new embedded systems. The Nexus Standard (IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001) is a standard debug protocol available from multiple chipmakers, that allow companies to reduce development time and expense when migrating between architectures. This initiative develops a standard for embedded processor development tool interfaces designed to improve quality, mitigate risk and speed time-to-market.
Nexus 5001 Forum Standard

IEEE-ISTO 5001 is an open industry standard that provides a general-purpose interface for the software development and debug of embedded processors. As advances in semiconductor and system design continue, embedded applications are using higher-performance embedded processors. Efficient use of these embedded processors requires software and hardware development tools that can easily access critical processor functionality. Standardization on this interface benefits customers’ reuse of their Nexus 5001™ compliant development tools on compliant processor architectures.

FS2 joins Freescale Semiconductor, dSpace, Ford Motor, GM, IAR Systems, Motorola, Green Hills Software, ST Microelectronics, Metrowerks, Windriver Systems and Visteon among others, building this worldwide consortium.

About First Silicon Solutions (FS2)

FS2 specializes in custom silicon IP, design services and OCI® (On-Chip Instrumentation) development tools for programming, testing and debug of embedded systems in FPGA, SoC, SOPC, ASSP and ASIC devices. FS2 products enable silicon vendors and their customers to develop and more effectively market their products, reduce development cycles, allowing them to focus on delivering all the potential of the system on silicon. Additional information about FS2 is available at http://www.fs2.com.

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Ford, GM and others join Nexus 5001™ Forum

Consortium driving real-time development tool interface to dramatically reduce automotive debug development time

DETROIT – Oct. 19, 2004 – Convergence 2004 – Automotive leaders Ford and GM and four other companies have joined the growing industry effort to cut in half the amount of time spent debugging automotive embedded systems. To accomplish this improvement, the 21 member companies of the Nexus 5001™ Forum are driving adoption of the Nexus Standard.

The Nexus Standard (IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001) is an embedded processor development tool interface that helps design engineers rapidly identify software- and hardware-level problems in real time. By using a standard debug protocol available from multiple chip makers, companies can reduce time and expense when migrating between architectures. Adoption of the standard also helps reduce risk and improve overall quality and time to market.

In addition to GM and Ford, other new Nexus 5001 Forum members include Motorola, Inc.’s automotive electronics business; Green Hills Software, Inc.; Metrowerks Corporation and Windriver Systems, Inc.

“The ability to have real-time visibility and control of a complex embedded processor in a very difficult environment, like a car engine compartment, is what the Forum has been striving for since its beginning,” said Ron Stence, chairman of the Nexus 5001 Forum and senior strategic marketing and systems engineer for Freescale Semiconductor. “The addition of these new members is a vote of confidence for the Nexus Forum and Standard.”

Benefits of the Nexus 5001 Standard

Development, verification and tuning of embedded control applications represent a significant time and resource investment for automotive and controller development companies. Establishing the Nexus Standard enables engineers and programmers to find and fix problems with their systems using emulators, debuggers, logic analyzers, hardware-in-the-loop and workstations to control embedded processors in real time. This significantly reduces debug, calibration and rapid prototyping development time and costs.

Standardization also ensures that microprocessor systems can re-use diagnostic equipment across multiple architectures and design cycles. For example, the flexibility of a standard Nexus port allows an engineer to use the same toolset on each Nexus-enabled processor. Another major advantage is the multi-client interface capabilities of Nexus to conduct real-time multi-processor debug over a single Nexus interface.

“Standards like Nexus bring order by providing the necessary framework required for ‘plug and debug’ tool solutions,” said Robert LaGuerra, automotive analyst at market research firm ABI Research. “This creates a situation in which all parties win. Single tool solutions can debug and calibrate systems employing single through multiple types of microprocessors. And, manufacturers can bring product to market faster while providing tools vendors the opportunity to do what they do best — produce tools with the best features that span multiple platforms. The automotive industry needs this type of standardization, which may indeed serve as a ‘lighthouse’ standard to other industries.”

Technology day to showcase the “Best of Nexus”

Members of the Nexus 5001 Forum will roll out a showcase of Nexus technology at the Real-Time Automotive Seminar, Oct. 21-22 in Dearborn, Mich. The event will combine technical presentations, product showcases and tutorials to give attendees a first-hand look at how Nexus can address challenging embedded processor issues.

The technology day will begin with presentation of a paper from William Allen of Delphi Systems and member of the Nexus 5001 Forum’s steering committee. Dr. Peter Schulmeyer, director of strategy and marketing for Freescale Semiconductor’s Transportation & Standard Products Group will speak on “The Evolving Standards in Automotive System Design.” The day will conclude with a four-hour workshop and product demonstration. For more information on the Nexus Technology Day, go to: http://www.nexus5001.org

About the Nexus 5001 Forum

The Nexus 5001 Forum membership spans the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries. Although the Forum initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, its overall goal is to enable the continued development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, high- performance microcontrollers.

Members of the Forum include Alphamosaic, Ashling Microsystems, Delphi Corp., dSPACE GmbH, ETAS GmbH, Ford Motor Company, Freescale Semiconductor, General Motors Corp., Green Hills Software, Inc.; Hitex, IAR Systems, Infineon Technologies, iSystem GmBH, Lauterbach, Metrowerks Corporation, Motorola, Inc.; National Semiconductor Corporation, Nohau Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Visteon Corporation and Windriver Systems, Inc.

The Nexus 5001 Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), which provides administrative and management support to industry consortia and other standards development forums. To download the IEEE-ISTO 5001™-1999 specification via the Nexus 5001 Forum Web site, go to: http://www.nexus5001.org.

Membership in the Nexus 5001 Forum is open to any interested party and is not limited to particular vendors or particular interests. Those interested in participating in the Nexus specifications are encouraged to visit the Nexus Forum online at: http://www.nexus5001.org.

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Nexus 5001 Forum™ Introduces New Member Companies and Provides Details of the Updated Nexus 5001 Embedded-Debug Interface Standard

Visteon and dSPACE join as New Members; Member Companies developing New Nexus-Conforming Microprocessors

Embedded Systems Conference, San Francisco, 23, April 2003 – The Nexus 5001™ Forum announced today a major step toward establishing a de facto global standard for Embedded Debugging with the introduction of the two newest members to the Forum, dSPACE and Visteon Technologies. The Forum also announced details of the updated IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001 Standard. The revised Nexus Standard is in the final states of review and is scheduled for a vote by the Nexus Forum by the end of April. Ratification of the new standard will enable member companies, as well as the industry as a whole, to work with an enhanced version that will provide new Data and Instruction trace capabilities and a recommended connector.

The recent inclusion of dSPACE and Visteon Technologies brings the Nexus Forum membership to 18 companies. These two companies have specifically joined the Nexus consortium to provide their customers with the flexibility and a common interface that the Standard provides.

dSPACE comes to the Nexus Forum with a strong knowledge base in rapid-prototyping tools specialized for the rugged environment found in automotive applications. Visteon provides the Nexus Forum with a wealth of system knowledge in automotive electronics as an end user of the tools that Nexus is defining.

“dSPACE is very pleased to be a new member of the Nexus 5001 Forum. The Nexus standard addresses many of the challenges we face as processor bus speeds increase and conventional external memory interfaces become less practical or even impossible in some applications. We plan to take full advantage of the new provisions in the updated Nexus standard in our upcoming product offerings,” said Kevin Kott, President of dSPACE’s North American Headquarters. The dSPACE product line includes systems for Rapid Controller Prototyping, Rapid Algorithm Development, Production Code Generation, Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulation and Calibration.

“We’re very pleased to welcome dSPACE and Visteon to the Nexus 5001 Forum,” said Peter Lefkin, COO of the IEEE-ISTO, which manages the Forum. “The addition of these quality organizations broadens the scope of knowledge for the Forum. We also fully support the updated release to the Nexus Standard as an enhancement to an already successful initiative.”

The Forum is committed to providing the microprocessor industry with the fist standardized method of connecting development tools to Nexus compliant microprocessors, DSPs and MCUs spanning multiple architectures. The method of transferring information between the processor and the development tool has been standardized to include the formatting of the data into compressed packets. The specification includes the common development interface functions on the processors, such as breakpoint and watchpoint registers.

“The Nexus 5001 Forum’s Technical Committee has been dedicated to providing more details to the existing standard, such as support for increased clock speeds and multi-processor devices. The updated Nexus 5001 standard improves data and instruction trace capabilities, enables a time stamping option for all messages and specifies connectors for the interface. The purpose of this revision is to include some of the new ideas and concepts that have been brought into the Nexus Forum by the members since the original version was published in 1999,” said Ron Stence, Sr. Strategic Marketing and Systems Engineer, Motorola 32-Bit Embedded Controller Division and Vice Chairperson of the Nexus Forum.

At a press conference today at the Embedded Systems Conference, the Nexus 5001 Forum also drew attention to the recent announcements of new embedded microprocessors from Motorola and ST, as well as myriad development tools that incorporate Nexus debug interfaces.

“Circulation of the new Nexus standard results from the successful use of this open debug standard by embedded-system developers, microprocessor vendors and debug-tool suppliers. With the increasing number of Nexus-conforming microprocessors now announced or available from several vendors, the Nexus Forum has further developed the range and usefulness of the standard,” said Micahel Healy, CEO of Ashling Microsystems, Inc., and Chairperson of the Nexus Forum for 2002/2003.

In addition, the Forum’s members outlined the wide array of Nexus debug tools from several worldwide suppliers, and their plans to further develop the global, open standard for embedded debugging. At the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco, Ashling Microsystems (an active member of the Forum) announced the introduction of an Emulator, Trace system and Source Debugger for Motorola’s new MPC533 and MPC535 microprocessors for industrial-control applications, both of which feature Nexus debug and trace ports.

“Motorola has launched Nexus based debug ports on multiple architectures, including the PowerPC MPC500 Family of embedded controllers. The MPC565, which was the first device to meet the Class 3 level of the IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001 specification has been very successful in the automotive market due to the features of the device including the advanced capabilities provided with real time instruction and data tracing development tool support,” said Franz Fink, vice president and general manager of Motorola’s 32-bit Embedded Controller Division. “The highly integrated MPC5500 Family is the next generation of devices from Motorola to meet the enhanced 2003 Nexus standard. The MPC5500 devices will offer system performance of up to five times higher than its predecessors, even more embedded Flash memory, enhanced timing mechanisms and a superior peripheral set. The H/W and S/W development interface on the MPC5500 Family is significantly enhanced by the multi-client development tool capabilities that allow for the four autonomous data processing modules to provide real time development information over a single industry standard Nexus Class 3 port.”

Also at the Embedded Systems Conferece, STMicroelectronics announced the availability of a portfolio of Nexus cells for its Super10 microcontroller for computer peripherals, automotive and consumer applications. Super10 Nexus emulation systems are available from Nohau, Lauterbach and iSystem. The Super10 trace port operates asynchronous from the CPU clock and enables program and data trace up to CPU frequencies of 300 MHz.

“Of the many automotive ECU interfaces supplied by ETAS Inc., the Nexus 5001 interface is the most versatile. Nexus 5001 allows multiple tools to access the controller at the same time via the same interface. This versatility has significant value for many of our customers,” said Martin Elbs, Director Strategic Marketing, American Operations, ETAS Inc., a Nexus Forum member.

“The IEEE-ISTO 5001 Nexus Standard attempts to minimize the amount of silicon and pins needed to bring out useful debug information at high speed in today’s highly integrated chips,” said Olle Hallengren, President of Nohau Corporation. “Nohau is pleased to offer tools that take advantage of the Nexus Standard.”

About the Nexus 5001 Forum

The Nexus 5001 Forum membership spans the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries. Although the Forum initially focused on the stringent requirements of microprocessor debug tools for automotive powertrain applications, its overall goal is to enable the continued development of state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, high-performance microcontrollers.

Other Forum members include Alphamosaic, Ashling Microsystems Ltd., Delphi, dSPACE, ETAS, Hitex, IAR Systems, Infineon Technologies, iSystem GmbH, Lauterbach, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Nohau, Renesas Technology, STMicroelectronics, Visteon Technologies, and Wind River Systems.

The Nexus 5001 Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), which provides administrative and management support to industry consortia and other standards development forums. To download the IEEE-ISTO 5001™-1999 specification via the Nexus 5001 Forum Web site, go to: http://www.nexus5001.org.

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Nexus 5001 Forum Applauds Motorola’s Plans for Next-Generation Nexus-Compliant Embedded Processors

PowerPCTM MPC5500 Embedded Controllers Will Offer Enhanced Processor Debugging

Piscataway, NJ – 5 February 2003 – The Nexus 5001 ForumSM today gave its strong support to Motorola’s recently announced family of high-performance 32-bit PowerPC® microcontrollers. The MPC5500 family of microcontrollers will offer system performance up to five times faster than previous versions and represent the improvements of the second generation of Nexus-compliant silicon to reach the market. The first device, the MPC5554, is expected to be the first microcontroller on the market that will be compliant with the next version of the IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001TM specification, planned to be released by the Forum later this year.

Motorola’s next generation MPC5500 devices represent two additional firsts for the industry and for the Nexus 5001 Forum. The Motorola devices feature a Nexus Class 3 interface and will employ the highest-level Nexus compliant interface ever put on a microcontroller. The devices will also be the industry’s first to connect a single Nexus port to multiple data processor elements – four in total.

Additionally, implementation of the Class 3 interface specification now brings dynamic debugging, the ability to monitor system activity while the processor continues to run, into the silicon itself. With a standardized industry interface, embedded developers can now monitor data writes and also read/write to memory locations while the processor continues to run in real time.

For the Nexus 5001 Forum, Motorola’s recent announcement confirms that the IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001TM specification is gaining critical widespread adoption in embedded systems. Developed as a cooperative effort by the members of the Forum – a consortium of 17 microprocessor and development tool vendors – IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001™ specifies an open, global, general-purpose interface for development, debugging and optimization of embedded systems.

“We’re very pleased when we see the Forum’s members work the specification into their product lines,” says Michael Healy of Ashling Microsystems, chair of the Nexus 5001 ForumSM. “We believe the Nexus 5001 ForumSM is a critical specification for the industry, and Motorola’s expanding use of this powerful debug protocol is good testament to its importance. Developers and users of this latest embedded processor family will benefit from high-performance Nexus 5001™ compliant development and support tools.”

Motorola has been an active participant in the Nexus 5001 ForumSM since its inception, and with the 2000 rollout of one of the industry’s most integrated microcontrollers, the MPC565, the company helped the Forum reach a major milestone: industry implementation.

“The decision to put the Nexus 5001™ interface on the next generation MPC5500 embedded processors was straightforward – no other debug interface would meet our customers’ requests for improvements in high-performance, real-time tools,” said Ron Stence of Motorola and the Forum’s vice chair. “The Nexus specification is really starting to have the kind of market impact that the Forum envisioned with the industry realizing the benefits of a standard debug interface from within the heart of the embedded processor to the hardware and software interface layers.”

About the Nexus 5001 Forum

The Nexus 5001 ForumSM membership spans the semiconductor, development tools and automotive electronics industries. Although the initial focus of the consortium was on the stringent requirements of automotive powertrain applications, the overall goal of the Forum is to enable the continued development of state-of-the-art, easy to use, high performance microcontrollers. The Forum plans to release an updated version of IEEE-ISTO Nexus 5001TM specification mid-year 2003.

Current members of the Forum are: Alphamosaic, Ashling Microsystems, Delphi, dSPACE GmbH, ETAS, Hitex, IAR Systems, Infineon Technologies, iSystem GmBH, , Lauterbach, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Nohau, Renesas Technology,Siroyan, STMicroelectronics and Wind River.

The Nexus 5001 Forum is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), which provides administrative and management support to industry consortia and other standards development forums. The IEEE-ISTO 5001™-1999 specification can be freely downloaded via the Nexus 5001 Forum website: http://www.nexus5001.org.

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