ARM and Cadence collaboration helps designers achieve faster time to market with ARM Cortex-A72 processor, ARM Mali-T880 GPU and ARM CoreLink CCI-500 System IP
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Feb 3, 2015 -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and ARM today announced the availability of a complete system-on-chip (SoC) development environment supporting the new ARM premium mobile IP suite that incorporates the latest ARM® Cortex®-A72 processor, ARM Mali™-T880 GPU and ARM CoreLink™ CCI-500 Cache Coherent Interconnect solution.
Available today is a Cadence® reference flow for the ARM Cortex-A72 processor that supports advanced manufacturing processes including TSMC 16-nanometer FinFET Plus. Also available with the Cadence flow is performance-leading ARM Artisan® physical IP and ARM POP™ IP for the ARM Cortex-A72 processor and ARM Mali-T860 and T880 GPUs, enabling designers to meet aggressive processor performance and power goals.
The Cadence development environment includes digital and system-to-silicon verification tools and IP that support the ARM premium mobile IP suite, speeding time to market for complex, high-end mobile designs. To learn more about the Cadence development environment for the ARM premium mobile IP suite, please visit www.cadence.com/news/apmobile.
In support of this processor and the ARM premium mobile IP suite, Cadence collaborated with ARM to:
- Target optimal PPA for the premium mobile market by defining ideal reference flows from RTL synthesis to final signoff. The flow is proven by internal usage at ARM and includes Encounter® Digital Implementation System, Encounter RTL Compiler, multiple Encounter Conformal® products, Tempus™ Timing Signoff Solution, Quantus™ QRC Extraction Solution, Voltus™ IC Power Integrity Solution, and Physical Verification System.
- Integrate Cadence Palladium® XP Series and ARM Cortex-A72 Fast Models to provide 50X faster OS boot-up and 10X speed-up, as compared with the previous emulation-only solution, in hardware-software co-development, synchronized cycle-accurate hardware/software debug support and Dynamic Power Analysis (DPA) to optimize the balance between power consumption and expected performance using realistic software loads
- Deliver an integration with Cadence Interconnect Workbench and ARM CoreLink CCI-500 that matches automatically generated testbenches to the ARM IP’s many possible configurations. These testbenches are used to perform cycle-accurate performance analysis of the interconnect sub-system, optimizing device performance and speeding time to market.
“The ARM Cortex-A72 processor sets a new standard for delivering a premium mobile experience and is expected to be the highest performing CPU technology for mobile SoCs,” said Noel Hurley, general manager, CPU group, ARM. “Our continued collaboration with Cadence helps our mutual customers differentiate themselves and deliver innovative, industry-leading solutions for mobile devices.”
“We collaborated closely with ARM to co-optimize our advanced digital implementation and signoff solutions, system-to-silicon verification tools and IPs with the ARM Cortex-A72 processor, and we’re already seeing excellent results with early high-end mobile customers,” said Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for EDA at Cadence. “In addition, we worked together to ensure that the Cadence flow allows customers to integrate the ARM Mali-T880 GPU and ARM CoreLink CCI-500 to achieve optimal results at advanced process nodes. The Cadence system-on-chip (SoC) development environment supporting the new ARM premium mobile IP suite has been thoroughly tested so that designers can adopt these new technologies with confidence.”
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San José, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.
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