Setting up SystemC-AMS and Eclipse

SystemC-AMS is a new library that is used to model analog and mixed signal systems in addition to the traditional functionality given by systemC for modeling only digital systems. Currently, I’m using version 2.0 the beta version, which is the latest version as per now. Downloading it from the actual Acellera site was quite a hustle so I downloaded it from the Fraunhofer  site.

So firstly,you need to extract the downloaded .zip file to the desktop (or wherever you choose). In this case you have to extract twice because there’s a .tar.gz file in that zip file (for some weird reason ). Get into the directory where the downloaded file was saved which in my case was the desktop

cd ~/Desktop/systemc/systemc-ams-2.0_beta1 

While still in this directory, make a new directory in the /usr/local called systemc-amsbeta-01 where the installation will be made using the following command

sudo mkdir /usr/local/systemc-amsbeta-01

You need to use sudo because you’re going to attempt to create a directory in a restricted area and so you absolutely need some authentication.

Then to run the configuration file which is in the downloaded files enter

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/systemc-ams-2.0_beta1/ --with-systemc=/usr/local/systemc-2.3.1/

and to make it run quicker, type

make -j4

and finally

make install

So now you have the new library  installed in your computer and all that is left to do is to configure it to work with eclipse, and the procedure is really simple! You just need to follow the same steps as those in the previous post on Setting up SystemC and Eclipse for C++ hardware simulation. BUT in addition to configuring the SystemC library and includes, add those of SystemC-ams as well.

To check whether the libraries have been correctly installed you can build and run this sample code for a simple TDF module implementation that produces a sine wave.

#include <systemc-ams.h>

	sca_tdf::sca_out<double> out;

	double ampl;
	double freq;

	void set_attributes()
		out.set_timestep(5, SC_US);

	void processing ()
		double t=out.get_time().to_seconds();
		double x = ampl * std::sin(2.0 * M_PI * freq * t);

		out("out"), ampl(1.0), freq(1e3){}

and for the main file

#include "sin_source.h"
#include <systemc-ams.h>
#include <cmath>

int sc_main (int argc, char* argv[])
	sca_tdf::sca_signal <double> out1;

	sin_source mySine("sine1");


	sca_util::sca_trace_file *tf1= sca_create_vcd_trace_file("sine_wave");

	sc_core::sc_start(10, SC_MS);

	return 0;


If this builds and runs correctly then voilà! your libraries are good to go.

You may now enjoy the fruits of your labor 🙂

4 responses to “Setting up SystemC-AMS and Eclipse”

  1. Paul Chaffey

    The command line above has a typo: “sudo mkdir /usr/local/systemc-amsbeta-01”

    Also in the header file: “sca_tdf::sca_out&ltdouble&lt out;” should be “sca_tdf::sca_out out;” – typical html gotcha

    This example displays a Sine wave nicely in Impulse

  2. Paul Chaffey

    hmm – my post also had the less than and greater than removed around the “double”

  3. Karibe

    Thanks Paul for pointing it out, fixed.

  4. stephen lohning

    Hi Karibe,
    I have not been able to find the source code at either the Acellera or the Fraunhofer sites, do you know where I can find the it?

    Stephen Lohning

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