This white paper first introduces conventional design flows and examines the associated problems that system architects and hardware designers face today. The paper next considers alternative approaches to hardware design based on the use of C and C++, including SystemC, Handel-C, and the synthesizable subset of pure untimed C++ used by Mentor’s new Catapult™ C Synthesis tool. The final sections in this white paper presents real world results outlining the increased productivity and implementation flexibility experienced by an R&D team using a Catapult C-based flow at the Nokia Research Center.

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