PARIS – Cadence Design Systems Inc and ARM Ltd. announced an expanded
collaboration to develop an optimized system realization solution for ARM
In line with Cadence' EDA360 vision, this application-driven, comprehensive
approach – from application software through silicon – addresses the rapidly
rising cost of integrated hardware and software system development and will
accelerate the development time of ARM processor-based devices, partners said.
“As software complexity continues to escalate driving system costs up,
industry leaders need to join forces to provide proven and cost effective
end-to-end design solutions,” stated Mike Muller, ARM's CTO. “Only a
comprehensive approach from application software through silicon can
successfully address the challenges facing our design community."
Partners claimed that the ARM-optimized system realization solution will
enable an end-to-end flow including a full set of interoperable tools, ARM
processor and physical IP, services and methodology from embedded Linux to
In this sense, Cadence said it plans to support embedded software optimized
for ARM processor-based devices in the company’s recently announced IP stacks.
It also intends to enhance the interoperability of ARM tools and IP including
ARM DS-5 and RealView Development Suite, Fast Models, and VSTREAM transactor
with Cadence Virtualization technologies.
Finally, Cadence noted that it will expand its existing collaboration on
AMBA IP-VIP pairs and interconnect fabric, and reference methodologies for
design, verification, and implementation.
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