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Cadence suite bridges hardware and software gap

Posted: 04 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hardware? software? platforms? system design? development suite?

Cadence Design Systems Inc. has announced what they claim is a breakthrough in electronic design. The company's new suite of products is said to cut system integration time by up to half for next-generation designs. Bringing hardware and software development closer together than ever before, the suite features four connected platforms that enable hardware-software co-design from architectural-level development through to prototyping.

"The acceleration of design complexity is even faster than we predicted a year ago, when we first discussed the disruptive transformation happening in system design," said John Bruggeman, senior vice president and CMO of Cadence.

"Product development cycles are shrinking to as little as six months, putting undue pressure on design teams who must work 24/7 to deliver competitive systems!and even then there is a high risk that their designs won't see the light of day. Our suite provides a level of connection between hardware and software that hasn't existed until now and will not only enable the most efficient design methods possible, but will redefine the system design process moving forward," Bruggeman explained.

The Cadence System Development Suite has two platforms!the Cadence Rapid Prototyping and Cadence Virtual System!and connects them to the Cadence Palladium XP Verification Computing Platform and Cadence Incisive Verification Platform. The suite implements an integrated flow with a common environment that enables system engineers to transfer quickly from one development phase to another.

"The Cadence System Development Suite is an industry first, providing a development continuum that enables engineers to have a seamless migration path through the design phases," said Nimish Modi, senior vice president for the system and software realization group at Cadence.

"This integrated flow embodies the open, connected and scalable tenets of our approach to System Realization and provides a significant breakthrough in addressing the challenges of early software development and hardware/software convergence, leading to a dramatic reduction in development schedules," Modi added.

The Cadence Rapid Prototyping Platform includes off-the-shelf FPGA boards with capacities of up to 30 million ASIC gates, supports standard ASIC flows and provides fast design mapping, multiFPGA automatic partitioning and industry leading FPGA place & route tools. Its unified environment with the Cadence Verification Computing Platform enables the fast and smooth migration of designs from emulation to FPGA-based prototyping. It is said to deliver high-performance and affordable replicates for early software development and for running exhaustive regression tests while leveraging and sharing the fast bring-up times, superior debug capabilities and comprehensive SpeedBridge adapters' portfolio of the Cadence Verification Computing Platform.

The Cadence Virtual System Platform, on the other hand, is a software development platform built on top of abstracted hardware models, approaching real-time speeds. It claims to deliver an integrated and fully synchronized multicore hardware software debug environment, with multiple views of hardware, software, memories and registers enabling system analysis and tight handshake between hardware and software teams. Combined with the Cadence Incisive Verification Platform, it delivers mixed TLM/RTL unified simulation and common metric-driven verification methodology, reducing the risk of discrepancies between the abstracted hardware model and the eventual RTL. Finally, it accelerates the process of platform creation through automation by enabling customers to quickly configure the transaction-level non-processors hardware models and utilize high-performance processor models delivered by ARM and other third parties.

The company believes that the Cadence System Development Suite is a great leap forward in Cadence System Realization technology, delivering against the EDA360 vision, which cites the need for greater technology integration!bridging silicon, SoC and system!to maximize profits.





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