For people who wish to try before buying, the whole notion of reference designs and the implementation of them is a great idea. Today we are seeing more of those in the virtual space with today’s announcement coming from Carbon and Cadence. It is a Carbon Performance Analysis Kit (CPAK) to accelerate the intellectual property (IP) benchmark process. This CPAK incorporates a Cadence double data rate (DDR3) Memory Controller together with an ARM® Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, and industry-standard benchmarks, such as those from EEMBC.
CPAKs are pre-built virtual reference platforms, complete with bare-metal and OS software which enable designers to be up and running within minutes of download.
This offering is the latest addition to the Carbon IP Exchange web portal (www.carbonipexchange.com). As well as the processor and memory controller it also has configurable models for the interconnect fabric, DDR3 memory and memory PHY. Multiple configurable traffic generators are included as producers and consumers to model additional bus traffic. Included in the system is a software package that includes, among other tests, the CoreMark benchmark from EEMBC.
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