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EDA Plus ARM Equals Big Views!

EDA Plus ARM Equals Big Views!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-07-2014 at 9:00 am

 In looking at the SemiWiki analytics, one of the top search terms that brings traffic to our site is ARM, just about anything ARM. In fact, that’s what the next SemiWiki book will be about. Yes, ARM is that interesting. While EDA is also one of our top search terms, EDA+ARM will get the most views, absolutely. And let’s face it, bloggers are all about the views. A good example of EDA+ARM=Big Views is Carbon Design Systems:

About Carbon Design Systems
Carbon Design Systems solutions enable virtual prototype productivity within minutes of download. Carbon virtual prototypes can execute at hundreds of MIPS and with 100% accuracy to enable software optimization and performance analysis as well as firmware and driver development. Carbon’s customers are systems, semiconductor, and IP companies that focus on wireless, networking, and consumer electronics. Carbon investors include Samsung Venture Investment Corporation and ARM Holdings. Website: www.carbondesignsystems.com

Another nice thing about Carbon is the blogging cofounder and CTO Bill Neifert:

Mr. Neifert, a Carbon cofounder, has over 20 years of electronics engineering experience with 18 years in EDA including C-Level Design and Quickturn Systems. Mr. Neifert has designed high performance verification and system integration solutions for many companies. He also developed an architecture and coding style for high performance RTL simulation in C/C++. Mr. Neifert has extensive engineering management experience, including many complex technical projects. Bill has a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University.

Here is Bill’s latest blog in which he discusses an upcoming webinar where Bill himself is one of the speakers:

ARM/Carbon Webinar on Optimization of Systems Containing the NIC-400

The processors from ARM® get all of the attention. After all, ARM partners have shipped over 50 billion ARM processors so far. 10 billion of those in 2013 alone. With so many processors shipping, you would think that this would be reflected on Carbon’s IP Exchange web portal and ARM’s processors would be the most popular IP models created and downloaded.

In truth, it’s pretty rare that any of ARM’s processors top the list of the most popular models generated on Carbon’s IP portal. That title consistently goes to one of ARM’s CoreLink interconnect offerings. Month in and month out, one of the NIC-400, NIC-301 and PL301 interconnect models top the list. The comparison is a bit unfair since the typical architect will try out only a handful of different processor configurations but it’s not at all uncommon for a single user to create dozens of various configurations for the system interconnect. It does reflect though the importance that users place on having accurate models for the components in their system that have the greatest impact on overall performance. (Not surprisingly, the next most commonly created type of component on our portal is a memory controller)……

Sign up for the Pre-silicon Optimization of System Designs using the ARM® CoreLink™ NIC-400 Interconnect webinar.

This webinar is a good lead into #ARMTechCon which is right around the corner. I hope to see you there:

About ARM TechCon

Ranked one of the top three must-attend events in the embedded industry, ARM(R) TechCon(TM) is more than a conference. ARM TechCon’s unique 360-degree interactive training ground is seeded to connect, instruct, advise, and enable the world of electronic and ARM-based computer design, and provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of ARM-based technology.


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