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ARM subsumes cycle-accurate virtual prototyping sol'ns

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM? virtual prototyping? Carbon Design Systems? SoC?

ARM has announced that it bought the product portfolio and other business assets of Carbon Design Systems to offer design optimisation, time-to-market and cost-efficiency gains for its partners. The transaction includes Carbon's staff transferring to ARM.

This combination of assets and expertise will significantly enhance ARM's capability in SoC architectural exploration, system analysis and software bring-up. It will also enable earlier availability of cycle-accurate models for future ARM processors and ARM-based systems. The acquisition terms have not been disclosed.

"Early stage virtual prototyping of complex SoCs is now mandatory for leading silicon vendors, as demonstrated by the success of ARM Fast Models," said Hobson Bullman, GM, development solutions group, ARM. "The integration of Carbon's virtual prototyping products into the ARM portfolio will deliver access to ARM IP earlier in the design cycle. This builds on the current industry leading solutions to enable further design optimisation, time-to-market and cost-efficiency gains for our partners."

Carbon has created a comprehensive library of ARM processor and system models that can be extended easily to create cycle-accurate virtual prototypes of any ARM-based SoC. The technology relies on RTL compilation, to ensure perfect functional and cycle accuracy. This is essential when evaluating target benchmark performance in the earliest stages of SoC design.

In future, Carbon products will be marketed as ARM Cycle Models and will remain available from ARM IP Exchange. ARM will also continue to offer Carbon's solutions for model generation and SoC analysis.

"Early analysis of system-level performance and power is critical in multi-core ARM-based SoC architectures," said John Koeter, VP of marketing, IP and prototyping, Synopsys. "We look forward to expanding our successful virtual prototyping collaboration with ARM by combining ARM Cycle Models with Synopsys Platform Architect MCO's leading architecture analysis technology so our mutual customers can get to the best architecture sooner while avoiding costly over-design."

"Our use of system modelling technologies from Carbon Design Systems has been constantly expanding over the past several years," said Yanqiu Diao, deputy GM, Turing processor business unit at Huawei. "We are very pleased by ARM's investment in the Carbon business and look forward to using their system solutions in our future advanced SoC projects."

"ARM and Cadence have together brought innovation and efficiency to early OS bring-up, software driven verification and interconnect performance analysis by connecting ARM Fast Models and ARM Interconnect IP to the Cadence Palladium Emulation platform and Interconnect Workbench," said Ziv Binyamini, corporate VP of advanced verification solutions, system and verification group at Cadence.

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