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CoWare, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Software & Programming
Founded 1996
Headquarters San Jose, California
Key people Alan Naumann,

CoWare, now part of Synopsys, was a supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services. CoWare was headquartered in San Jose, California, and had offices around the world, major R&D offices in Belgium, Germany and India.


Original CoWare technology development was initiated by the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) in Belgium as an internal project in 1992.[1]

In 1996, CoWare spun off as an independent company.[2]

CoWare is one of the founding member of SystemC language[3]

In 2005, CoWare acquired the Signal Processing department from Cadence.[4]

On February 8, 2010, Synopsys has announced an acquisition of CoWare.[5]


  • Platform Architect
  • Model Designer
  • Model Library
  • Processor Designer
  • Signal Processing Designer
  • Virtual Platform Designer


  1. ^ Verkest, D.; Rompaey, K.; Bolsens, I.; Man, H. (October 1996). "CoWare—A design environment for heterogeneous hardware/software systems". Design Automation for Embedded Systems 1 (4): 357–386. doi:10.1007/BF00209910.  edit
  2. ^ "CoWare (Santa Clara, Calif.) was spun out of IMEC in 1996 to market the N2C hardware-software codesign technology, which was originally developed at IMEC."
  3. ^ Babel of languages competing for role in SoC -
  4. ^ Cadence has granted CoWare an exclusive license to sell and develop Cadence's Signal Processing Workstation (SPW) tool, and Co-Ware has taken over Cadence's ESL group.
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