Target Compiler Technologies is the leading provider of retargetable software tools for the design, programming and verification of application-specific processor cores (ASIPs). ASIPs are key building blocks of single and multi-core systems-on-chip (SoCs) that power today's electronic systems.
IP Designer, Target's flagship product, enables the design of ASIPs with performance and energy characteristics close to hardwired datapaths. Yet these ASIPs provide software programmability, thus permitting changes in specifications and extending the revenue lifetime of SoCs. As such, ASIPs are The Third Tool in the Box, complementing general-purpose microprocessors and hardwired datapaths. They bridge the flexibility and efficiency gap that existed between these two traditional IP solutions.
ASIP architectures are described in nML, the world's first commercial processor modelling language. From nML, IP Designer automatically generates a complete C-compiler-based software development kit as well as a low-power hardware implementation for each ASIP.
Owing to these tools, rapid and accurate architectural exploration is supported. As IP Designer does not require predefined architectural templates, the architectural scope of the tool suite goes well beyond the offering of configurable processor vendors. By designing ASIPs with IP Designer, an essential product differentiation is obtained while expensive royalty streams to third-party processor vendors are avoided.
IP Designer is ideally suited for SoC designs in markets that mandate low silicon cost, low energy consumption, and flexibility to accommodate algorithmic changes. The tools have been used by customers around the globe to design SoCs for 2G/3G/4G handsets, cordless and VoIP phones, audio / video / image processing, infotainment and security for cars, DSL modems, DSL access multiplexers, wireless LAN, hearing instruments, and personal healthcare systems.
Publicly announced customers include Atmel, ETRI, Freescale, GN ReSound, IMEC, NXP, Nokia, Olympus, Sanyo, Sensata, Silicon Labs, SiTel, Sound Design, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. Target was established in 1996 as a spin-off of IMEC.