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Software dev't tool for ARM big.LITTLE processing

Posted: 04 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:reference design? development kit? software development? big.LITTLE?

Synopsys Inc. has rolled out its Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) Family for accelerating software development. According to the company, the VDK Family features multiple reference designs, analysis and debug software tools for the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor and ARM big.LITTLE processing.

The visibility and controllability offered by the VDK for big.LITTLE processing-based designs enable debug and analysis that optimize big.LITTLE processing-based designs for performance and energy-efficiency, stated Synopsys. Additionally, developers for innovative mobile and consumer devices can optimize their code based on realistic end user experiences as well as minimize software/hardware integration issues. The VDK offers developers the ability to optimize Linux, Android and big.LITTLE power management using record and replay of real world scenarios, added the company.

The VDK Family for ARM Cortex Processors comes pre-configured for Linux (Vanilla 2.6.38) and Android (Gingerbread 2.3.4) OS as a starting point for developing actual device software. In addition, the VDK Family is pre-configured for the multicore task migration software layer between the big.LITTLE processing cluster, which includes ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A7 MPCore processors, and the client OS. This layer dynamically migrates the software between the processors for performance and power optimization. The VDK allows developers to take advantage of this new layer and provides support for debugging and optimizing the software running on multicore hardware such as big.LITTLE processing. These VDKs include common interfaces and peripherals such as USB3.0, Ethernet, UART, LCD, keyboard, battery, memory and more.

The VDK Family for ARM Cortex Processors will be available in 2Q12.

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