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ProximusDA, ST team up for SoC TLM virtual prototypes

Posted: 28 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:virtual prototype? SoC? TLM?

ProximusDA GmbH has collaborated with STMicroelectronics to develop the next generation of software virtual prototypes. According to them, the team up combines ProximusDA's expertise in parallel code distribution with ST's deep knowledge of Transaction Level Modelling (TLM) and advanced distributed-computing architecture.

ProximusDA has developed a technology to enable the distribution and execution of complex distributed applications over multi-core CPUs and GPUs. The foundation of this technology relies on a formal and explicit system-level communication modelling at the transaction level throughout the complete system. ProximusRealizer leverages its distributed execution kernel to support critical SoC design tasks.

These includes capturing and executing SoC functional specifications (HW independent system level specs); system level hardware and software architecture explorations and specifications; embedded software development, mapping and distributed execution and profiling; and system-level HW verification and SW validation.

ProximusRealizer claims to build high-performance distributed software virtual prototypes (SVP) by leveraging multi-CPU/multi-core hardware available in today's off-the-shelf servers. It enables HW and SW architects to explore multiple HW/SW trade-offs in a fraction of time that it would take with a traditional SystemC (OSCI) TLM and earlier than with FPGA approaches.

The next generation of SoC requires critical attention to the development of the embedded software due to the intrinsic nature of the distributed computing architecture. At the same time, the design of heterogeneous multi-core architectures is demanding massive computing resources to fuel software virtual prototypes.

ProximusRealizer is available for production use.

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