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Coprocessor integrates multicore development

Posted: 02 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automated multicore solution? coprocessor for multicore development? embedded software solution for multicore? multicore analysis environment?

Tapping into the explosive growth of multicore devices, CriticalBlue has announced plans to add a multicore development capability to its Cascade coprocessor synthesis suite. More immediately, CriticalBlue is rolling out Cascade 2.4, a release that takes the first steps toward that multicore capability.

Cascade accelerates embedded software by generating programmable, application-optimized coprocessors for implementation in ASICs, FPGAs and SoC designs. It takes application binaries as input and generates HDL code and microcode for the coprocessors.

CriticalBlue's multicore flow works from standard C/C++, single-threaded code with no language restrictions or extensions. It includes an analysis environment that allows users to identify performance bottlenecks, a visualization tool that helps a user re-factor code to optimize multicore performance and a multicore mapping capability so that designers can place software functionality into selected coprocessors. The complete solution will be available at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, CriticalBlue will release Cascade 2.4, which adds two new capabilities that help pave the way for an automated multicore solution. One is support for the Spirit Consortium IP-XACT standard, which simplifies the import of Cascade coprocessors into intellectual property (IP) assembly and SoC design environments. Another is re-linkable microcode, which eases the deployment of Cascade coprocessor microcode into reusable IP blocks.

Pricing starts at $150,000 for project-based licensing.

- Richard Goering
EE Times

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