Cadence and ARM Expand Collaboration for 64-bit Processor Designs

20 May

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced the signing of the first EDA (Electronic Design Automation) Technology Access Agreement with ARM Holdings plc that includes access to the ARM Cortex-A50 processor series, based on the ARMv8-A 64-bit architecture. This agreement also provides access to ARMv7 32-bit processor technology, ARM Mali GPUs (graphic processor units), System IP and ARM Artisan libraries. This collaboration further enables ARM and Cadence to provide world-class technology for energy efficient and high performance applications for mobile, consumer, networking, storage, automotive and other end market products.

The ARMv8-A architecture, with its 64-bit support, enables ARM processors to become more broadly deployed in server and desktop applications as well as the migration of 64-bit operating systems to mobile applications. Find out more about the Cortex-A50 processor series at

“We are dedicated to empowering developers, designers and engineers to innovate around ARM technology and ensuring a fast, reliable route to market,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. “The co-optimized tools, IP and physical libraries resulting from this agreement will accelerate the deployment of ARM’s most advanced technologies. We expect that this will be a huge boost to developers of mobile devices and servers and to exploding market for the Internet of Things.”

Key features of the agreement:

  • Expands Cadence’s ARM-based solution to provide 64-bit SoC optimized tools and flows. With access to this ARM IP, Cadence can tune performance, enhance debug and deliver a more streamlined process to enable shorter ARM-based system development
  • Augments ARM-based RTL-to-GDSII design, implementation and signoff flow to deliver optimum PPA.
  • Broadens existing ARM-based system verification solution to expand design, integration, and hardware/software verification environment for cache coherent multi-core 64-bit designs.
  • Automated creation of verification environments and performance analysis for ARM System IP allows designers to adopt and verify earlier and with more confidence
  • Provides training for mutual customers on the use of Cadence tools with ARM technology.

“Cadence becoming the first EDA partner to access ARMv8-A deepens our collaborative customer enablement, flow optimizations and development and deployment of ARM processor IP-centric automation technologies,” said Charlie Huang, senior vice president, Worldwide Field Operations and System & Verification Group at Cadence. “Jointly we can provide better system design enablement, meeting our mutual customers’ time-to-market needs for power-efficient 64-bit market-leading products.”

Source: Cadence design press release