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Carbon Design acquires ARM SoC Designer

Posted: 09 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:development tool? SoC design? ARM design tool?

Development tools supplier Carbon Design Systems has entered an agreement with ARM Ltd, under which Carbon will take over future development, support and sale of the ARM's SoC Designer tool.

Key members of the ARM SoC Designer development team will join Carbon and form a new Carbon development office located in Irvine, California. Carbon will also gain access to ARM intellectual property (IP) in order to optimize its tools to generate cycle-accurate models of ARM processors, PrimeCell peripherals and fabric IP. This will enable ARM partners to create cycle-accurate models of ARM IP, and provide a seamless transition for users of the SoC Designer tool to a new environment based upon models generated directly from ARM RTL code.

"The ability to optimize the Carbon tool chain to work seamlessly with ARM's IP is a natural extension of Carbon's model-focused strategy," said Rick Lucier, CEO of Carbon. "The majority of our customers are already using ARM IP in their SoC designs. This agreement will enable Carbon to deliver a complete cycle-accurate tools solution to our customers, including the SoC Designer tool, enabling the generation of highly accurate models derived directly from the IP RTL code."

"As a leading company in system model creation, Carbon is a natural partner for the continuing support of our customers using SoC Designer and cycle-accurate models of ARM IP," said John Cornish, VP and general manager, ARM system design division. "The agreement between ARM and Carbon will ensure customers have access to a fast, cycle-accurate design environment in which they can architect and validate advanced SoC designs. It will also make cycle-accurate modeling of ARM IP available for use in other environments, ensuring our customers have a choice of design flows."

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