Venice, Florida, June 22, 2007 — ARC International introduced two new development tools that add to the growing portfolio of EDA solutions used to create system-on-chips (SoCs) from ARC and its partner network. The new ARC xCAM tool provides cycle accurate models and is based upon recently acquired technology from Tenison Design Automation. Two new ARC xISS (instruction set simulator) tools operate up to 100 times faster than previous versions. The xCAM and xISS products will help ARC customers more easily and quickly create and test software earlier in the SoC design cycle, thereby speeding time to market of customers' chips.
The ARC xCAM tool extends the capabilities of previous modeling products by increasing cycle accuracy to 100 percent. It automatically generates models of customers' hardware configurations within minutes of producing RTL using the ARChitect Processor Configurator. Furthermore, cycle accurate models can be created as often as desired to test various configurations of ARC's processors.
The ARC xISS and xISS Turbo products provide significant better performance than the existing simulators, enabling software development to begin very early in the SoC development cycle. They implement state-of-the-art compiler technology to produce over 200 MIPS (million of instructions per second) performance.
Paul Holt, vice president of product development and services at ARC, said, "Writing and testing software on various hardware configurations at the start of the design cycle helps speed the creation of optimized ARC-Based silicon. These new modeling and simulation products will enable ARC customers to achieve this goal faster and with less design effort."
Centered around the ARChitect Processor Configurator and the MetaWare development toolkit, included elements and services provide solutions for Co-Design and Co-Verification in addition to Hardware and Software Development. ARC International also is involved in a number of industry organizations to further the technology advancement of configurable subsystems and processors.
The ARC xCAM tool is available now for all members within the configurable ARC 700 core family. The ARC xISS tools are available now for all members within both the configurable ARC 600 and 700 core families.