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Cadence announces design flow for ARM Cortex-A8 processor

Posted: 07 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cadence design systems? arm? cortex-a8? processor? encounter rtl compiler?

Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced the immediate availability of a high-performance design flow for the new ARM Cortex-A8 processor. This flow uses Cadence's Encounter digital IC design platform incorporating Encounter RTL Compiler synthesis, Encounter Conformal equivalence checking, and SoC Encounter RTL to GDSII system. The company also announced the immediate availability of Cadence support and services to improve time to market for ARM Partners implementing very high-performance Cortex-A8 processor-based designs.

The ARM Cortex-A8 processor targets digital-entertainment and mobile-communications products with demanding performance, cost and power requirements in conjunction with tight time-to-market constraints. Cortex-A8 customers at 90nm and 65nm will be able to leverage the Encounter design flow and Cadence's extensive experience in implementing ARM technology-based SoC designs to minimize power, maximize performance and tape out successful implementations ahead of their competitors, said the press release.

"We are pleased to collaborate with ARM to bring leading-edge SoC design capabilities to their Cortex-A8 Partners," said Jan Willis, senior vice president of Industry Alliances at Cadence. "Our joint program combines engineering and development resources to help our mutual customers speed the completion of advanced digital-entertainment and mobile-communications products."

The Cadence advanced design flow, support and services for ARM Partners implementing high-performance Cortex-A8 processor-based designs are already available. Further enhancements to the ARM-Cadence Encounter Reference Methodology for other ARM processors will be available in early 2006, Cadence disclosed.

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