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SystemC for beginners

SystemC is a C++ class library which allows you to design mixed hardware/software systems at different levels of abstraction. It is a quickly evolving language, so it is important for new users to get up and running as speedily as possible. The HeadStart kit aims to help you by distilling some of our experience with SystemC and passing it onto you.
You will find a Case Study, SystemC resources and a Syntax Summary to start you off: if you find this useful and need to become project ready in SystemC, see our Comprehensive SystemC , Modular SystemC or Verification using SystemC Verification Library (SCV) course descriptions.
Our SystemC Golden Reference Guide is available to purchase now. Designed to be a practical guide to using SystemC it is the ideal project companion, containing all the essential syntax, hints, tips and gotchas design engineers need to know.
To access HeadStart, you will need to fill in a short registration form, giving us your contact details. This will enable us to inform you when we update HeadStart in line with future releases of SystemC.


This section contains practical tips for installing and using public domain SystemC tools on different platforms, a collection of links to other sites within the SystemC community and resources to get you going with SystemC.


  • Installation notes for PC, Solaris and Linux
  • SystemC compiler application notes
  • Links to public domain SystemC tools
  • Q&A

Case Study

Do you want an example design with good documentation to let you experiment? Then this case study is for you.


  • Full Report
  • Files
  • Makefile Scripts
  • Instructions

Syntax Summary

The Syntax Summary highlights all the essential syntax you need to know before starting to design with SystemC.