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Verification tool for ARM-based wireless systems debuts

Posted: 09 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM processors? emulation-based IP? HW/SW integration? software simulators?

Mentor Graphics Corp. extended support of iSolve emulation-based IP products for ARM processors to enable the high-speed verification of wireless and multimedia applications and reduce time to market. The iSolve products take full advantage of the high-performance system verification capabilities of Mentor's recently announced Veloce hardware assisted verification platform.

Mentor's iSolve family of vertical market solutions now includes support for the ARM RealView Core Tile for the ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor and the Soft Macrocell Model for the ARM1176JZF-S processor, adding to the existing iSolve portfolio for the ARM7, ARM9 and ARM11 processor families.

Mentor's iSolve products enable designers to reduce the HW/SW integration and verification effort by using fast, high-fidelity models, which replace custom hardware prototypes with hardware-assisted, system-level verification solutions. With the inclusion of one or more models in a design, system verification can be performed at megahertz speeds using transaction-based acceleration or in-circuit emulation from Mentor's recently announced Veloce product.

"Mentor's iSolve products provide a fast, proven verification solution for systems based on the ARM11 MPCore multiprocessor and ARM1176JZF-S processor," said John Cornish, VP of marketing for the System Design Division at ARM. "Combining the speed and accuracy of ARM RealView Core Tiles and Soft Macrocell Models (SMMs) with the visibility and debug capabilities of the Mentor hardware emulator addresses the huge challenges of delivering products on time in the rapidly converging mobile communications and digital entertainment markets."

Using Mentor's iSolve solutions will enable customers to take advantage of a hardware-assisted co-verification environment that speeds execution times by up to 10,000 times that of regular software simulators. In particular, Mentor's iSolve solutions for the ARM architecture are based on fully validated models, created by ARM and delivered to Mentor.

Additionally, they provide a connection to the ARM debug tools, such as RealView ICE, for detailed software debugging. As the iSolve solutions for the ARM architecture are based upon a full model of the ARM processor represented in hardware they execute significantly faster than equivalent software models. This allows designers to readily run large amounts of software code against their hardware and expose design flaws early in the verification process.

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