SpeAC - MEDEA+ Project A508

Specification and Algorithm/Architecture-Co-Design for Highly Complex Applications in Automotive and Communication

Goal and vision

Designing the most appropriate system architecture is key to an efficient implementation of complex algorithms such as those found in advanced applications. Over the years, it has always been recognised that rising the level of abstraction at which the creative work was done was the most effective method for improving design efficiency. The SpeAC project vision is that the next higher level above hardware/software co-design on predefined platforms is specification, algorithm and architecture optimisation, and architecture generation, because it is the process that provides the application oriented platforms required by the hardware/software co-design level. Hence, the SpeAC goal is to build the new generation of system level front-end, above the design flows currently used in the industry.


The consortium is made of a well balanced set of partners:

  • user companies belonging to the semiconductor industry, the communication industry, the computer industry.
  • EDA companies, both European R&D centres from major international companies, and European SME's.
  • European design centres (SME's)
  • European research institutes, well known for their work in the system design related field.
  • The partnership is based on a set of sub-goals addressed through close co-operation between subsets of partners (called "clusters"). Each cluster do not address a specific Work-package, but rather, develop a: approach to the system design problem, following a specific methodology, consistent with a certain class of application. Hence the cluster structure is in some way orthogonal to the work-package structure, which translates an abstract design flow. Work-package can be seen as "meeting points" where the different application oriented clusters will confront and try to cross-fertilise their solutions.

    Deliverables and expected benefits

    The deliverables can be seen in terms of new system level specification and design tools, the expected benefits in terms of new methods and new system IP's, contributing to a better design efficiency in the electronic system design industry. The profile of the different actors involved in the project foster the dissemination and the exploitation of the results on the market through EDA tool commercialisation, Microelectronic and system industry product development and high level technical education and training through the research institutions.

    List of Partners

    Astrium EADS Astrium GmbH, 88039 Friedrichshafen, Germany
    Bull Bull S.A., 78340 Les Clayes-sous-Bois, France
    Cadence Cadence Design Systems GmbH, 85622 Feldkirchen/Munich, Germany
    EuroTelematik EuroTelematik AG, 89081 Ulm, Germany
    FZI FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
    Infineon Infineon Technologies AG, 81541 Munich, Germany
    Italtel Italtel S.p.A., 20019, Italy
    Melexis Melexis GmbH, 99097 Erfurt, Germany
    Netmodule Netmodule AG, 3172 Niederwangen, Switzerland
    Polimi Politecnico di Milano, 20131 Milano, Italy
    Bosch Robert Bosch GmbH, 72762 Reutlingen, Germany
    sci-worx sci-worx GmbH, 30419 Hannover, Germany
    ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
    Synopsys Synopsys GmbH, 52134 Herzogenrath, Germany
    STMicroelectronics STMicroelectronics S.r.l., 20041 Agrate Brianza, Italy
    Tecnotron Tecnotron Elektronik GmbH, 88183 Weissensberg, Germany
    Thales Thales Communications S.A. (Thomson-CSF), 92331 Gennevilliers, France
    TNI-Valiosys TNI-Valiosys Group S.A. (former Arexsys S.A.), 38240 Meylan, France
    TIMA UJF/TIMA, 38031 Grenoble, France

    This project is supported by MEDEA, edacentrum, DLR.

    Last modified: September 9, 2002 by Oliver Bringmann, FZI.