Press Release

Aachen University of Technology and Fujitsu announce Technology Transfer Agreement


Agreement Focuses on Retargetable Development Environment for Embedded System Driven by the LISA Language


Aachen, Germany - 29 September 2000 - The Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Aachen, Germany and Fujitsu Limited's WorldWide System LSI Technology (WWSLT) group, San Jose, California, today announced an agreement for the transfer of advanced technology and the funding of a new design automation technology initiative focusing on retargetable, fast simulation tools and techniques for embedded processors. The new technology development initiative at the university's Institute for Integrated Signal Processing Systems (ISS) concentrates on automatic generation of production-quality development tools such as fast simulators, debugger front ends, assemblers, and linkers based on the LISA modelling language.

Fujitsu will use the LISA language to model in-house architectures on multiple abstraction levels - from phase/cycle accuracy for HW/SW co-simulation purposes to instruction-set accuracy for profiling and verification of applications running on the target.

"We look forward to a long term partnership with Fujitsu." said Prof Heinrich Meyr. "Fujitsu as a leading semiconductor company with its expertise in design and verification of programmable architectures is an ideal partner for ert."

"We chose LISA because of its proven modelling efficiency for the description of programmable architectures and the integrated environment for the generation of a simulation model," said Kiminori Fujisaku, General Manager for WorldWide System LSI Technology. WWSLT is Fujitsu's design methodology and infrastructure group. WWSLT's advanced design flows enable Fujitsu's design centers and their customers to produce large deep sub-micron design quickly and accurately.

Aachen University of Technology
The Institute for Integrated Signal Processing (ISS) at RWTH Aachen is one of the world's leading centers of research in the design of advanced digital signal processing systems for wireless communications. Under the direction of Prof. Heinrich Meyr, the institute's activities encompass basic research in system level and algorithm design, as well as VLSI architectures and CAD tools for complex communication system design. The unique feature of research at ISS lies in the emphasis on the synergy and interaction between algorithms, architectures and tools. The cooperation with industry partners enables projects with a high practical relevance.

Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) is a leading provider of Internet-based information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Comprising over 500 group companies and affiliates worldwide -- including ICL, Amdahl and DMR Consulting -- it had consolidated revenues of 5.26 trillion yen ($49.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Fujitsu's pace-setting technologies, world-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and global corps of over 60,000 systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Altogether, the Fujitsu Group has 188,000 employees and operations in over 100 countries.