C Level Design
|Industry||Electronic design automation|
Don Soderman |
|Defunct||November 12, 2001|
|Headquarters||San Jose, California, U.S.|
Number of employees
The company was established in 1996 by Don Soderman, Denis Coleman and Yuri Panchul. The first product was called C2Verilog. Originally called CompiLogic Corporation, its name was changed in December 1998.
Networking and telecom companies including Nortel, Alcatel, Sony, Boeing, Compaq and Fujitsu used C Level's System Compiler design environment. Using a C2Verilog tool, Hitachi developed a rough concept of five-stage, 8-bit microcontroller in about three weeks. C2Verilog was used by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California.
At its height, C Level employed 30 people. The company had about $3 million in accumulated revenue over several years. In June 2000, Altera announced an investment in the company. In March 2001, the company announced it would donate its CycleC technology to the Open SystemC Initiative. However, the transfer never took place; in November 2001, the company ceased operation. Synopsys acquired its assets and integrated CycleC simulation methodology into Synopsys' VCS Verilog simulator, and discontinued other C Level products. C Level's synthesis technology included at least one patent.
- Richard Goering (January 26, 1998). "Startup offers alternative to behavioral synthesis at DesignCon". EE Times.
- "Breakthrough EDA Product From Compilogic Accelerates System-To-Hardware Design". News release. CompiLogic. January 27, 1998. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Richard Goering (December 14, 1998). "C Level Design tackles C-to-HDL". EE Times. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Ann Steffora (December 14, 1998). "C Level Design to ease move to system level use". Electronic News. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- "CompiLogic Introduces New Product for Accelerating Data-Flow and DSP IC Design; New ANSI C to RTL Verilog Compiler Enhances User Control of Hardware Operations". news release. Business Wire. June 9, 1998. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Richard Goering (November 12, 2001). "C Level folds, Synopsys buys its assets". EE Times. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Crista Souza (June 6, 2000). "Altera takes stake in C Level Design to streamline IC-design automation". EE Times. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- "C Level Design Donates CycleC Methodology to the Open SystemC Initiative and Accellera; Company Demonstrates Openness and Commitment to Industry Standardization Efforts for C/C++". News release. Business Wire. March 19, 2001. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Yuri V. Panchul; Donald A. Soderman; Denis R. Coleman. "System for converting hardware designs in high-level programming language to hardware implementations". Retrieved June 28, 2011. United States Patent 6226776, Filed September 16, 1997, issued May 1, 2001.
- Yuri V. Panchul; Donald A. Soderman; Denis R. Coleman. "System for converting hardware designs in high-level programming languages to hardware implementations". Retrieved June 26, 2011. United States Patent 6848085, Filed April 30, 2001, issued January 25, 2005.