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Open-Silicon supports web-based prototyping

Posted: 25 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Open-Silicon? web portal? virtual prototype? ASIC? Carbon Design Systems?

Open-Silicon has expanded its virtual prototyping capabilities with support for a web portal announced by Carbon Design Systems. The Carbon System Exchange gives access to more than 100 pre-built virtual prototype systems and subsystems. These pre-built systems, known as Carbon Performance Analysis Kits (CPAKs), promise to speed the creation and optimisation of ASIC and SoC designs.

CPAKs include software, IP and system solutions from numerous vendors. Open-Silicon has contributed multiple CPAKs to the portal.

As part of its support, Open-Silicon has contributed three CPAKs to the portal. The first is a system model containing an ARM Cortex-A7 dual core platform with memory models. The memory models, developed by Open-Silicon, include NOR flash and SD/eMMC. The CPAK facilitates the development of low level firmware, such as boot ROM and bootloaders, and also enables driver development.

Integrated memory models, built from memory specifications, allow end users to read and write their code into memory without the need for an FPGA or ASIC. Open-Silicon has also contributed an ARM Cortex M3 processor CPAK, as well as a performance analysis CPAK for DSP-based designs. Open-Silicon intends to add more CPAKs as they are developed.

The portal complements the Open-Silicon complete system design capability that begins with architectural analysis and carries through to volume production. Virtual prototyping is a key piece of the company's front-end design capabilities, and CPAKs help ensure the delivery of optimised designs with greater speed and accuracy. The offering also augments the company's extensive ARM processor-based design support that includes SoC development expertise through the Open-Silicon ARM Technology Centre of Excellence.

The Open-Silicon CPAKs on Carbon System Exchange are available at Price varies depending upon configuration and authorization.

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