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September 06, 2012

Carbon Design Systems and Arteris Release Carbon Performance Analysis Kit

Carbon Design Systems, a provider of unified virtual platform solutions, and Arteris, a provider of tools to accelerate System-on-Chip semiconductor (SoC) assembly, released the Carbon Performance Analysis Kit (CPAK) that is built with all the necessary features to simplify SoC optimization.

The kit reportedly executes in Carbon’s SoCDesigner Plus virtual prototype environment and has Arteris network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect along with ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-A9 processor and ARM PL310 L2 cache controller for improving designer productivity.

According to Carbon, the CPAKs are pre-built virtual reference platforms, complete with bare-metal and OS software which enables designers to be up and running within minutes of download. One of the unique features of the kit is that it can be used immediately after download for architectural exploration or firmware development.

“Carbon's performance analysis kits provide developers an ideal starting point for virtual prototype analysis. Because of the widespread adoption of Arteris network on chip interconnect IP in mobile and consumer electronics semiconductor markets, incorporating Arteris FlexNoC IP models in Carbon’s CPAKs provide SoC architects and engineers a fast path to virtual prototype productivity,” said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris, in a statement.

The CPAKs can also be easily customized using Carbon SoCDesigner Plus that enables IP blocks to be reconfigured or replaced. SoCDesigner’s architectural analysis and visualizations tools enables designers to have better insight into the actual SoC behavior. The CPAK supposedly features 100 percent accurate models compiled directly from RTL and instrumented for interactive design, debug and analysis.

Some of the other notable features of CPAK are: ARM Fast Model representations and using the Swap and Play feature, these representations can be made to switch to 100 percent accuracy at any software breakpoint; easy customization and benchmarking; Linux and Android (News - Alert) OS packages including source code; and more.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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