|The ICODES project will produce research results and prototypes of Electronic System Design Automation tools, which will enable the European electronic system industry to reduce their design time and cost of the next generation of embedded intelligent devices. These devices will enable new powerful services as well as innovative products. In particular ICODES main target is to provide a design technology for embedded systems containing many and heterogeneous communicating components in hardware and software. A methodology to model, evaluate and implement embedded hardware/software systems from the specification at Electronic System Level (ESL) to a standard industrial backend design flow will be developed. It will enable a holistic view on the design as a whole. Techniques like communication based design and object-orientation will be integrated into a seamless design flow for embedded systems. It will support analysis and optimisation of the systems communication properties. The design methodology will be implemented by a suite of ESL tools based on the SystemC language. The tool set will include analysis, evaluation, optimisation and synthesis tools supporting interactive design decisions as well as the automatic translation and optimisation of high-level models into an implementation. In order to ensure a wide applicability of the methodology and a successful path to commercial exploitation, the project is industry driven. The industrial partners from three strong European industrial sectors, namely Automotive (Bosch), Telecom (Siemens Mobile Communication), and Wireless (Thales Communications), will define the requirements and evaluate the results of the research partners OFFIS and Politecnico di Milano. The commercial exploitation will be performed by a European ESL SME, namely Prosilog, while ECSI will be in charge of the dissemination activities. OFFIS will additionally be responsible for the project management and co-ordination.