The modern SoC is designed with many modular IP blocks that have been commercially licensed or reused from previous designs, along with some new proprietary components. Integrating all of the components has typically proven to be time-consuming and error-prone as designers stitch their SoCs together by hand or rigid and outdated scripts. Challenges also exist in the form of highly configurable IP blocks such as the interconnect fabric and debug & trace subsystem.
To address these issues ARM® launched three new tools today as part of an IP Tooling suite. They have been designed to solve challenges associated with SoC configurability and integration while reducing time to market with at least an 8x improvement in schedule.