LONDON EDA group CoWare Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and Carbon Design Systems are joining forces to develop implementation-accurate models of ARM IP targeted for CoWare's SystemC-based designs.
The models and model kits will include solutions for the ARM Cortex-A9 processor, AMBA3 Interconnect (PL301) matrix, and others.
The complete range of Carbonized models and model kits for the CoWare environment will be enhanced to enable the advanced design features of the CoWare solutions and will be supported as part of the CoWare IP Model Library.
ARM Cortex-A9 Processor Support Package (PSP), Carbon Model Studio AMBA Designer, PL310 L2 Cache Controller and PL340 DDR Memory Controller for CoWare Platform Architect will be available in Q2 2009. Other implementation-accurate models will be released later this year.
The ARM processor models for the CoWare environment will be integrated and delivered as CoWare Processor Support Packages (PSPs) without the need to have access to ARM RTL code. These packages will be enabled for platform software analysis, debugger synchronization for multi-core designs; debug accesses from processor to memory and support for SystemC Modeling Library (SCML) properties.
John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager of ARM's system design division, commented: "The tight integration of implementation-accurate models for ARM IP within the CoWare design environment enables our customers to make the right design choices, and confirms the decision we took last year to discontinue writing cycle-accurate models by hand."
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