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VaST releases virtual model of StarCore's SC2400 processor

Posted: 04 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VaST Systems Technology? StarCore? SC2400? processor?

VaST Systems Technology Corp. has released a high-performance virtual model of StarCore's SC2400 processor. The SC2400 is the third StarCore processor modeled by VaST, after the SC1200 and the SC1400.

Virtual processor model (VPM) technology is behind VaST's virtual system prototype, a software simulation-based model of an SoC. VaST VPMs are touted to be fast and cycle-accurate, running at speeds of up to 200MIPS on off-the-shelf PCs. According to the press release, a VaST VPM is configurable and provides an unprecedented ability to observe the behavior of executing software and selected processor internal registers.

"VaST and StarCore's close working relationship enables VaST to provide a virtual model of StarCore's processors soon after they are available in the marketplace. Our mutual customers use the VaST virtual processor model for architecture analysis and optimization, and then for early software development," said Alain Labat, VaST's president and CEO.

Alex Bedarida, StarCore general manager, commented that the VaST virtual system prototype containing VaST's virtual StarCore model helps its customers tune the SoC architecture in which our processor will function. "The fast simulation-based model of the SoC enables customers to begin software development six to nine months before chip tape-out. This is a huge competitive advantage for customers," Bedarida said.

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