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Synopsys, ARM speed up software dev't for ARM design

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? ARM? software development? processor? big.LITTLE?

Synopsys Inc. has extended its multi-year licensing agreement with ARM to offer the latest ARM Fast Models for ARM Cortex processors such as the recently unveiled ARM Cortex-A35 core, as part of Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs). Synopsys VDKs are software development kits using virtual prototypes as the embedded target, stated the company.

Using the VDK for ARM Cortex processors, software teams can start development of software for ARM Cortex-based SoC designs up to 12 months prior to hardware availability, accelerating OS bring-up as well as firmware and device driver development.

In addition to using reference VDKs from Synopsys, developers can use the combination of ARM processor models with Synopsys' Virtualizer tool set to rapidly create and deploy custom VDKs for software development teams. The VDK family for ARM processors comes with reference virtual prototypes that incorporate models of ARM Cortex processors such as the latest ARM Cortex-A35 core, as well as ARM big.LITTLE configurations and models of Synopsys DesignWare Interface IP.

VDK family for ARM processors

VDK family for ARM processors

Synopsys VDKs are a part of Synopsys' end-to-end prototyping solution, which include products that address architecture exploration, software development and testing, hardware/software integration and system validation. Using the latest ARM Fast Models with Synopsys VDKs, developers can start software development tasks such as OS bring-up, driver and firmware development up to 12 months before silicon. In addition, architects can derive a task graph from realistic software scenarios and use it to start architecture exploration for their next-generation SoC. VDKs can also be combined with physical prototyping to get the best of both worlds, fast bring-up of software for ARM-based designs with real world I/O interfaces on Synopsys' HAPS FPGA-based prototyping systems.

The Synopsys VDK family for ARM Cortex processors is available.

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