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Target Compiler Technologies N.V.

Software tools to design and program application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs)


Target Compiler Technologies was a provider of retargetable software tools to accelerate the design, programming and verification of application-specific processor cores (ASIPs). Target’s IP Designer tool suite was applied for application domains that included GSM, WCDMA and HSDPA handsets, VoIP, audio coding, automotive infotainment, ADSL and VDSL modems, wireless LAN, hearing instruments, mobile image processing, video processing, and various control and interfacing applications.
ASIPs complement industry-standard processor architectures by enabling designers to implement their own highly specialized software programmable engines for compute-intensive digital signal and data plane processing. nML is a high-level language that captures a programmer’s model of the processor. A first version of the language was developed at the Technical University of Berlin. Target modified the language to make it better suited for retargetable compilation.