This is a roundup of news or activities in the past few days that may be of interest to people.
ARM and Synopsys have announced the availability of optimized 28nm Synopsys Reference Implementations for ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A7 MPCore processor clusters as well as the CoreLink CCI-400 cache-coherent interconnect. The companies collaborated to deliver these optimized implementations in TSMC 28HPM process technology using the Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform, ARM Artisan standard cells and memories, and ARM POP™ technology for core-hardening acceleration specifically optimized for Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processor implementations. System-on-a-chip (SoC) designers can use these Reference Implementations to create high-performance Cortex-A15 and energy-efficient Cortex-A7 processor clusters, and can combine them with the CCI-400 interconnect to create a big.LITTLE processing system that delivers increased product functionality with longer battery life.
MorethanIP has released an IP solution for 100GBase-CR4 and 100GBase-KR4. The Core is compliant with the IEEE802.3bj latest Draft 1.3 specification and is optimized for ASIC technologies. The Core implements the mandatory Reed Solomon Forward Error Correction encoding and error detection blocks and, optionally, the RS FEC error correction block. When implemented, the error correction block can be bypassed with software programming to reduce the application latency.
Analog Devices has announced the availability of a low-cost hardware-software solution focusing on circuit testing designed for the engineering education market. This offering combines MATLAB software and Analog Devices’ Digilent Analog Discovery Design kits, enabling students to experiment quickly and easily with advanced technologies and build, test and analyze real-world, functional analog design circuits anytime – anywhere – for the price of a textbook. The Analog Discovery Design Kit costs $99 USD. Students can access MATLAB by purchasing a MATLAB Student Version license or through a site license that may be available from their university. Watch the ADI University Program video: http://videos.analog.com/video/1875694804001/Analog-Devices-University-Program/
Toshiba has developed an innovative, low power operating system (OS) for many-core processors, targeting application in embedded systems, including automotive products and digital consumer products. An evaluation of the OS on the company's own many-core processor recorded a 24.6% power reduction against the standard OS when running a super resolution program that scaled 1920x1080 pixel images to 3840x2160 resolutions.
Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) has released the OCP Debug Socket Specification 2.0. The latest version includes support for Low Power Signaling as well as Cache Coherence signals that are available in the current version of the OCP specification. This allows the most complex processors to be debugged with exact visibility of traffic to or from the OCP bus on all levels of transactions, including all transfer states. It addresses the visibility and control needed to best analyze the operation of OCP architectures and their design flows and provides a common set of debug options with consistent signal interfaces.
Tabula has announced a suite of packet processing solutions. The suite solves the most challenging problems posed by the transition from 10 to 40G and 100G: specifically, routing of high-performance buses, on-chip RAM throughput, and timing closure for the ultra-high-performance functions required by these systems. This is based on the company’s newly announced ABAX2P1 3D Programmable Logic Device (3PLD). They also have a new release of their Stylus compiler revision 2.6, which supports the new devices and its suite of packet processing solutions. The Stylus compiler provides a synthesis, placement, and routing flow familiar to FPGA designers and uses industry-standard RTL inputs and design constraints.
Xilinx has announced its solutions and support to address complex avionics certification challenges. Xilinx's DO-254, DO-178, and SEU mitigation solutions extend support for certification of commercial, military and dual-use avionics systems.Brian Bailey
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