Carbon Design March 2011 Newsletter

March 2011 Newsletter
Splash Screen
 
In This Issue
Debugging ARM Software
Carbon Announces FREE AMBA TLM2.0 Download
Software Driven Power and Performance Characterization

           About Carbon

Carbon provides a full suite of tools to quickly assemble a unified virtual platform.

SoC Designer Plus

is the most popular virtual platform that is used by architects for architectural analysis and performance optimization providing 100% accuracy. The same platform addresses the needs of the firmware /software developers for pre-silicon debug and development with performance in the 100s MIPS.

Carbon Model Studio

automates the creation of system models with 100% accuracy that are easily integrated into a variety of commercial virtual platforms including SoC Designer Plus.

 

This same modeling technology has enabled Carbon to establishes numerous relationships with key IP vendors such as ARM, MIPS and Cadence.  Models from these vendors and many more are available via

Carbon IP Exchange.

  This secure web portal  enables customers to configure, build, and manage models of 3rd party IP.  The easy accessibility of these system models dramatically reduces the time it takes to create a virtual platform from months to days.

 

 

 

Visit Carbon's web site at www.carbondesignsystems.com
 
Welcome to Carbon Design's Newsletter

Welcome, 2010 was a record breaking year for Carbon. Our business grew over 35% which yielded record revenue and profits.   All this was made possible by a growing customer base and an ecosystem of IP partners which continues to grow.  These partners allow our customers to have access to the requisite IP for architectural analysis and perfromance optimization and pre-silicon firmware debug.   Read more

In this issue there are several links to articles published by Carbon as well as information about Carbon's  free downloadable AMBA TLM-2.0 modeling package.

Many requests have been received regarding the availability of a Carbonized ARM Cortex-A15 model.   We are currently working with ARM and several key customers that currently have a Carbonized A15 model.  We are planning a special release of this model to our early access partners by the end May.  If you would like to be notified of this release please fill out the A15 request form .  

 

Debugging ARM Software with 100s of MIPS and 100% Accuracy

 

Bill's Article Image

Virtual platforms are playing an increasingly important part in the design cycle for complex SoCs. Once relegated only to side projects, long-term studies by CAD groups or deep-pocketed design teams, virtual platforms are now a part of the mainstream design flow for new SoC projects. Dig a bit deeper however, and you'll see that few companies are taking full advantage of the power of virtual platforms. They tend to be tactically applied to only a portion of the design flow and are rarely leveraged by multiple teams. This occurs because it is often not possible to meet the needs of multiple teams with the same virtual platform. Architects and firmware engineers require accuracy while software engineers care far more about speed. This means that for most designs a virtual platform is used for only a part of the design or multiple platforms are created to meet the competing demands.

  Read more to see how Carbon's SoC Designer Plus breaks down this barrier and provides a single virtual platform to meet the needs of architects, firmware engineers, and software developers.
Carbon's Free AMBA TLM-2.0 Modeling Package

Carbon recently  unveiled an AMBA TLM-2.0 package to enable modeling the widely adopted AMBA ® bus protocols with  SystemC TLM2-0.  

      Available from Carbon's IP Exchange at no charge, the software contains definitions and extensions for AXI, AHB, AHB-Lite and APB at every level of abstraction.  Adapters are provided to bridge between abstraction levels and to connect directly to the AMBA-PV interface used by ARM's Fast Models  Read more 

 
Software Driven Power and Performance Characterization

 

Power  Image  Article

 Architects and system engineers face extreme challenges in developing embedded SoC-based systems to meet the tight power budgets of today's mobile and handheld applications while still maintaining the performance and quality of service. Without fully understanding the performance and power, it is impossible to properly understand the Power, Performance, Area (PPA) trade-offs. These decisions need to be made upfront, before the implementation phase has started. The problem is that current methods typically only provide rough estimates of power and performance and don't get refined until late in the product cycle when it is very hard to make changes. What is needed is a methodology to achieve accurate performance and power characterization in the early phases of a project.   Read more    to see how Carbon's SoC Designer Plus and Carbon models provide the solution for PPA analysis of complex SoCs.

March 2011 Newsletter
Splash  Screen

In This Issue
Debugging ARM Software
Carbon Announces FREE AMBA TLM2.0 Download
Software Driven Power and Performance Characterization

           About Carbon

Carbon provides a full suite of tools to quickly assemble a unified virtual platform.

SoC Designer Plus

is the most popular virtual platform that is used by architects for architectural analysis and performance optimization providing 100% accuracy. The same platform addresses the needs of the firmware /software developers for pre-silicon debug and development with performance in the 100s MIPS.

Carbon Model Studio

automates the creation of system models with 100% accuracy that are easily integrated into a variety of commercial virtual platforms including SoC Designer Plus.

 

This same modeling technology has enabled Carbon to establishes numerous relationships with key IP vendors such as ARM, MIPS and Cadence.  Models from these vendors and many more are available via

Carbon IP Exchange.

   This secure web portal  enables customers to configure, build, and manage models of 3 rd party IP.    The easy accessibility of these system models dramatically reduces the time it takes to create a virtual platform from months to days.

 

 

 

Visit Carbon's web site at www.carbondesignsystems.com

Welcome to Carbon Design's Newsletter

Welcome, 2010 was a record breaking year for Carbon. Our business grew over 35% which yielded record revenue and profits.   All this was made possible by a growing customer base and an ecosystem of IP partners which continues to grow.  These partners allow our customers to have access to the requisite IP for architectural analysis and perfromance optimization and pre-silicon firmware debug.   Read more

In this issue there are several links to articles published by Carbon as well as information about Carbon's  free downloadable AMBA TLM-2.0 modeling package.

Many requests have been received regarding the availability of a Carbonized ARM Cortex-A15 model .   We are currently working with ARM and several key customers that currently have a Carbonized A15 model.  We are planning a special release of this model to our early access partners by the end May.  If you would like to be notified of this release please fill out the A15 request form .    

 

Debugging ARM Software with 100s of MIPS and 100% Accuracy

 

Bill's  Article  Image

Virtual platforms are playing an increasingly important part in the design cycle for complex SoCs. Once relegated only to side projects , long-term studies by CAD groups or deep-pocketed design teams, virtual platforms are now a part of the mainstream design flow for new SoC projects. Dig a bit deeper however, and you'll see that few companies are taking full advantage of the power of virtual platforms. They tend to be tactically applied to only a portion of the design flow and are rarely leveraged by multiple teams. This occurs because it is often not possible to meet the needs of multiple teams with the same virtual platform. Architects and firmware engineers require accuracy while software engineers care far more about speed. This means that for most designs a virtual platform is used for only a part of the design or multiple platforms are created to meet the competing demands.

  Read more   to see how Carbon's SoC Designer Plus breaks down this barrier and provides a single virtual platform to meet the needs of architects, firmware engineers, and software developers.
Carbon's Free AMBA TLM-2.0 Modeling Package

Carbon recently  unveiled an AMBA TLM-2.0 package to enable modeling the widely adopted AMBA ® bus protocols with  SystemC TLM2-0.  

      Available from Carbon's IP Exchange at no charge, the software contains definitions and extensions for AXI, AHB, AHB-Lite and APB at every level of abstraction.  Adapters are provided to bridge between abstraction levels and to connect directly to the AMBA-PV interface used by ARM's Fast Models  Read more 


Software Driven Power and Performance Characterization

 

Power  Image  Article

 Architects and system engineers face extreme challenges in developing embedded SoC-based systems to meet the tight power budgets of today's mobile and handheld applications while still maintaining the performance and quality of service. Without fully understanding the performance and power, it is impossible to properly understand the Power, Performance, Area (PPA) trade-offs. These decisions need to be made upfront, before the implementation phase has started. The problem is that current methods typically only provide rough estimates of power and performance and don't get refined until late in the product cycle when it is very hard to make changes. What is needed is a methodology to achieve accurate performance and power characterization in the early phases of a project.   Read more    to see how Carbon's SoC Designer Plus and Carbon models provide the solution for PPA analysis of complex SoCs.




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