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… Read More
Tag: carbon design
September is Semiconductor Design Webinar Month!
The nice thing about webinars is that if you register for the live one and you can’t attend you will still get first notice when the replay goes up. The other nice thing is that you can read a blog review of a webinar or whitepaper on SemiWiki first to see if it is worth your time. If you do attend a webinar you can also post a review of… Read More
Virtual Prototype Update from #51DAC
EDA industry pundit Gary Smithhas been talking about the electronics industry adopting an ESL tool flow for decades, so it was my pleasure to speak with Bill Neifertof Carbon Design Systemsat DAC this month because his company has been offering both tools and models that enable a virtual prototyping design flow.… Read More
Getting the Most Out of the ARM CoreLink™ NIC-400
SoC designers are attracted to ARM as an IP provider because of their popular offerings and growing ecosystem of EDA partners like Carbon Design Systems. At the upcoming ARM Techcon on October 31 this week in Santa Clara you’ll have an opportunity to hear a joint presentation from ARM and Carbon Design Systems on: Getting … Read More
Carbon CEO on Advanceed ARM based SoC Design!
Carbon Design drives a lot of traffic to SemiWiki. Actually, it’s ARM driving traffic to the Carbon landing page since Carbon and ARM work closely together. When we blog about designing with ARM IP droves of people click over. Seriously, DROVES of people. Rick Lucier has deep EDA experience and has led Carbon as CEO for the … Read More
Interconnect Optimization of an SoC Architecture
My last chip design at Intel was a GPU called the 82786and the architects of the chip wrote a virtual prototype using the MAINSAIL language. By using a virtual prototype they were able to:
- Simulate bus traffic, video display and video RAM
- Determine throughput
- Measure latency
- Verify that bus priorities were working
- Optimize the
High Performance or Cycle Accuracy? You can have both
SoC designers have always wanted to simulate hardware and software together during new product development, so one practical question has been how to trade off performance versus accuracy when creating an early model of the hardware. The creative minds at Carbon Design Systems and ARM have combined to offer us some hope and relief… Read More
Carbon has Six Weeks of ARM, not to Mention Imagination and MIPS
As George E.P. Box said, “essentially all models are wrong but some are useful.” That is certainly the case with Carbon’s models. For processors they have two models, one that is fast (but not timing-accurate) and one that is accurate (but not fast). But both are useful.
Carbon attended the ARM TechCon in Santa… Read More
ARM Models: Carbon Inside
ARM used to build their own models. By hand. They had an instruction-set simulator (ISS) called ARMulator that was largely intended for software development, and cycle-accurate models that were intended to run within digital simulators for development of the hardware of ARM-based systems.
There were two problems with this … Read More
Virtual Prototype your SoC including FlexNoC
Designing larger than ever SoC, integrating multiple ARM’s Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 microprocessor cores as well as complexes IP functions like HDMI controller, DDR3 Memory controller, Ethernet, SATA or PCI Express controller are pushing designers to search for better price, performance and area tradeoffs and the SoC interconnect… Read More