The SoC Designer virtual platform, from Carbon Design Systems, now features full support for Fast Models from ARM. The support will enable users to leverage a single virtual platform environment for every aspect of the development process. SoC Designer helps users to easily perform tasks ranging from application software development to low-level firmware development and even architectural design. SoC Designer with support for Fast Models is available now to select customers and will be generally available in the first quarter of 2010.
The Fast Models from ARM are integrated into SoC Designer using OSCI TLM2.0. Other models in the system can be modeled using whatever level of abstraction desired by the user to meet their needs. An application developer can represent the system in high-level, loosely timed TLM2.0 models and create a completely functional system inside of SoC Designer, which executes nearly as fast as the real silicon but with far greater visibility.
If greater accuracy is desired, any of the components in the system can be easily swapped with more accurate models. These include approximately timed TLM2.0 models or even 100% implementation-accurate models compiled from the actual design register transfer level (RTL) by Carbon Model Studio. The combination of the advanced capabilities of SoC Designer, the speed of the Fast Models and the accuracy of the Carbon library of implementation-accurate ARM models delivers users a complete solution for modeling ARM technology-based SoC designs.
The Fast Models product family from ARM includes programmer’s view (PV) models for the ARM9, ARM11 and Cortex families of processors, including the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor. The Fast Model products also include configuration tools that enable the export of ARM processor-based subsystems with OSCI SystemC and TLM-2.0 compliant interfaces.
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