The folks at Carbon Design Systems recently unveiled what they call Carbon IP Exchange – a web portal with a rich library of system-level models from a variety of intellectual property (IP) vendors to streamline the creation of virtual platforms for architecture analysis, performance optimization and pre-silicon software development.
The portal, used with Carbon SoC Designer Plus and SystemC-based platforms, eliminates the virtual platform assembly bottleneck by offering models for the majority of third-party IP content used in advanced SoC designs.
Of course our knee-jerk reaction when we hear the term SoC (System-on-Chip) is to think of building a new device from the ground up using ASIC technologies … but today’s high-end FPGAs with hard and soft processor cores, megabits of on-chip memory, and a plethora of soft and hard peripheral and communications functions also qualify as SoC devices.
“The bottleneck in creating virtual platforms for system-level use has always been model availability,” states Rick Lucier, chief executive officer (CEO) of Carbon Design Systems. “Carbon IP Exchange eliminates this bottleneck by reducing the time it takes to create virtual platforms for customers from months to days. The combination of Carbon IP Exchange, Carbon Model Studio and SoC Designer Plus gives designers a powerful toolset to efficiently assemble a platform.”
Simplified model configuration and management
Models, previously available by compiling register transfer level (RTL) code with Carbon Model Studio, can be securely configured, compiled and managed using Carbon IP Exchange. They can be downloaded through the web portal and are used with Carbon SoC Designer Plus or any SystemC-based virtual environment. Models can be shared within a design team or company to further streamline the model management process.
Once created, models can be downloaded from the portal at any time and are retained there to ensure immediate access to any pre-built model. For specific IP, Carbon Model Studio is provided to automatically generate a system model.
Carbon IP Exchange currently has models from ARM, Cadence Design Systems, Elliptic Technologies, MIPS Technologies, Tensilica, VeriSilicon and Vivante Corporation. They are available at a variety of abstraction levels, ranging from functional to 100% cycle accurate. Cycle-accurate models can be configured through a series of questions to set up the needed options, and adapt as they are answered. This ensures that only valid models are built and reduces the amount of design knowledge required.
Users are automatically notified when models are revised or updated. Availability of additional models will be announced in the coming months.
Support for Carbon IP Exchange
Various IP vendors are participating in the Carbon IP Exchange business model and applaud Carbon’s efforts, including ARM. “Carbon IP Exchange provides 24/7 access to cycle accurate and programmers’ view models for our processors, peripherals and fabric,”
remarks John Cornish general manager and executive vice present of ARM’s Systems Design Division. “The combination of Carbonized models together with ARM Fast Models enables our customers to have 100% accurate models as well as models that operate at several hundred million instructions per second.”
Availability and pricing
Carbon IP Exchange is available today from Carbon Design Systems and accessed through the participating IP supplier. The web portal is found at: www.carbonipexchange.com
. Model pricing varies.