SAN FRANCISCO—EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. will distribute ARM Holdings plc's Fast Models and create models of ARM Cortex series processors under the terms of an agreement between the two companies, Synopsys said Thursday (Sept. 29).
According to Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.), designers will be able to accelerate embedded software development for ARM technology-based designs by up to nine months by creating virtual prototypes using ARM models with Synopsys' DesignWare TLM, SystemC TLM Libraries and Virtualizer tool set. ARM Fast Models and other ARM transaction-level models (TLMs) are listed on the newly launched TLMCentral, a portal, repository and community for transaction-level models that will enable models that are available to be located by those who need them (see related blog entry by Brian Bailey).
"The combination of ARM Fast Models, ARM software tools and Synopsys' solution for virtual prototyping delivers a powerful capability to developers of ARM technology-based SoCs," said John Cornish, executive vice president of ARM's System Design division, in a statement.
The agreement allows Synopsys to distribute ARM Fast Models of Cortex processors that ARM has validated against its processor validation suite. This includes modeling of advanced ARM technologies, such as TrustZone and Vector Floating Point, Synopsys said.
"This offering enables our mutual customers to start software development earlier and dramatically boost their design productivity," said Joachim Kunkel, senior vice president and general manager for IP and systems at Synopsys.
The ARM Fast Models for Cortex processors are available now from Synopsys, the company said.. Fast Models and other TLMs from ARM and Synopsys are listed on www.TLMCentral.com, the company said.
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