Mirit Fromovich, Pete Heller, and Yoav Lurie, Cadence
EEtimes (8/9/2011 1:34 AM EDT)
In this Product How-Two article, the Cadence authors describe how to use the company’s Verification IP solutions framework to implement ARM’s AMBA 4 Coherency Extensions (ACE) in embedded SoC designs.
The challenges facing designers of the next generation of devices such as multimedia smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are many. They have to deliver highly responsive systems yet must also consume the least power possible—certainly no more than their competitors.
To achieve these goals, designers have been employing multi-processor architectures for many years. However, the need for even greater performance has exceeded the capability of current multi-processor/multi-cluster architectures.
Squeezing every last drop of performance and power out of these compute clusters is more important now than ever. One of the largest areas of opportunity for performance gains in multi-processor systems is in moving software-based cache-coherency management into hardware.
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