CoWare, Mentor and Synopsys join ARM's latest program

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 04:40 Hrs
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Bangalore: ARM, a British chip designing firm has announced that Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies like CoWare, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys have joined the ARM Fast Models Enablement Program. Members of the program will be able to integrate validated Fast Models from ARM, for a range of ARM processors, into their virtual platform environments and deliver to their customers. This ensures that mutual customers can create complete ARM powered virtual platforms using the design flow of their choice.

The Fast Models product family from ARM includes programmer's view (PV) models for the ARM9, ARM11 and Cortex families of processors, including the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor. The Fast Models products also include configuration tools that enable the export of ARM processor-based subsystems with OSCI SystemC and TLM-2.0 compliant interfaces.

"We are seeing a growing demand for high-performance models in the industry," said John Cornish, Executive Vice President and General Manager, System Design Division, ARM. "The TLM-2.0 interface enables our customers to combine our processor Fast Models with models of their other IP to create complete virtual platforms in the design environment of their choice," Cornish added.

"The integration of the architecturally accurate ARM Fast Models into our Vista Platform will deliver significant value to our mutual customers," said Simon Bloch, Mentor Graphics Vice President and General Manager, Design and Synthesis Division. According to Frank Schirrmeister, Director Product Marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys, the company already provides OSCI TLM-2.0 compliant transaction-level models for several processor families including ARM and Synopsys DesignWare Cores and components for System-on-a-chip (SoC) infrastructure, AMBA interconnect, CoreConnect and PrimeCell peripherals in the Synopsys DesignWare System-level Library.

"CoWare has delivered Electronic System Virtualization solutions for ARM processor-based designs for many years supporting architecture design, verification, software development, integration and test," says Marc Serughetti, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at CoWare.

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