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The Guessing Game

Not surprisingly, I've yet to hear anything from Synopsys regarding the recent rumor about VCS supporting the e language.  While waiting to learn more, I thought I'd take a guess as to what sort of support might exist. 

Believing that Synopsys would actually openly support 'e' ranks up there with believing in the Tooth Fairy (more disturbingly) and Santa Claus.  A more realistic possibility could be for Synopsys to release a tool to convert 'e' to SystemVerilog.  That would let them sell into companies with a large base of existing 'e'  code, but still focus support on SystemVerilog.  If you look back in time a couple of years, you'll see that Synopsys has been offering an 'e' migration service to help clients port 'e' to SystemVerilog.  It's not such a stretch of the imagination to suppose that they've been able to neatly package up lessons learned over the years into an automated tool to assist with some of the heavy lifting.  Add in some native VCS support for constructs that are not easy to duplicate with straight SystemVerilog and you'd have a nice marketing bullet to help convince the heads of purchasing departments at large companies to completely make the switch. 

As always, comments welcome!

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Synopsys To Support e?

Those of you who follow the discussions over on the Verification Guild will have no doubt seen the thread about possible Synopsys support for the e language.  If not, head over there and take a look.  I've been getting bugged by someone from a certain large EDA company that has a vested interest in the language to mention the possibility of VCS supporting e for last few months.  The most interesting part of the entire discussion is that there hasn't been a single comment (unless I missed it) from any Synopsys employee.  In fact, the longer Synopsys doesn't comment on the issue, the more inclined I am to believe there could be some truth to the rumor. 

Janick or Tom - care to comment one way or the other if there is any merit to this?

I have not personally talked to anyone who has seen the e support or has directly heard from Synopsys that it will be supported.  I've only heard the info myself second hand.  Would anyone with direct exposure to the topic care to comment?  I'll be happy to keep your identity anonymous if needed.