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New design flow for ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Synopsys

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

Keywords:synopsys? arm? galaxy rtl synthesis? cortex-a8? processor?

Synopsys Inc. and ARM announced that they have collaborated to demonstrate the successful integration of Synopsys' Galaxy RTL synthesis, hierarchical design planning, physical implementation solution, sign-off and Discovery verification solution within a high-performance design flow for the new ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

The two companies employed a high-performance design flow for the Cortex-A8 processor consisting of the following tools: RTL synthesis (Design Compiler, DesignWare Library, DFT Compiler and Power Compiler), hierarchical design planning (JupiterXT), physical implementation (Astro and Physical Compiler), sign off (PrimeTime SI and Star-RCXT), and verification (Formality, ESP, HSPICE, NanoSim and VCS).

According to the press statement, the Cortex-A8 processor achieves outstanding performance and power efficiency through a combination of microarchitectural innovation, the ARM Artisan Advantage-CE library and advanced EDA design flows. This processor is the first ARM applications processor to be based on the next-generation ARMv7 architecture, and features Thumb-2 technology and Intelligent Energy Manager (IEM) capability for low-power while maintaining the ability to provide the full performance of the processor core. In addition to the unique microarchitecture, which delivers over 2 DMIPS per MHz, the Cortex-A8 processor is implemented using ARM's new Artisan Advantage-CE library to achieve high-speed operation and low-power consumption, added the two companies. This new Advantage-CE library uses Liberty Composite Current Source (CCS) models to take full advantage of the Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification solutions.

"Synopsys has considerable experience in enabling high performance, low power design and is a key technology partner for the Cortex-A8 processor," commented Mike Inglis, executive vice president of marketing at ARM. "Synopsys Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification solutions together with the ARM Artisan Advantage-CE library will enable licensees of the ARM Cortex-A8 processor to achieve excellent levels of design performance, low power and designer productivity."

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