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 http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a50/index.php.
“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