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Synopsys signs collaboration agreement with ARM

Synopsys signs multiyear collaboration agreement with ARM for early software development for ARMv8 processors.
New Virtualizer Development Kits for ARMv8 Processors Enable Early Software Development Up To One Year in Advance of Silicon


Synopsys, Inc.has extended its software development tools offering for ARM processor-based systems with the VDK Family for ARMv8 Processors. Synopsys VDKs (Virtualizer Development Kits) are software development kits using virtual prototypes as the embedded target.

Utilizing the VDK for ARMv8 processors, software teams can start development of software for ARMv8-based SoC (system-on-chip) designs up to 12 months prior to board availability, accelerating operating system bring-up as well as firmware, device driver and middleware development. The new VDK Family builds on the success of the VDK Family for ARMv7 Processors, which Synopsys announced last year.

Alongside its traditional 32-bit instruction set, ARMv8 introduced AArch64, a power-optimized 64-bit instruction set and execution state for future generations of mobile, consumer, networking and enterprise SoCs. Synopsys VDKs include support for AArch64, offering visibility and controllability to accelerate the development and debug of software running on ARMv8 architecture compliant processors.

The VDK Family for ARMv8 Processors comes pre-configured with reference virtual prototypes that incorporate models of ARMv8 processors such as the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53, as well as big.LITTLE configurations and models of Synopsys DesignWare Interface IP. Synopsys VDKs also provide support for Linux software stacks as a starting point for developing actual product software.

"When companies adopt the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors based upon the ARMv8 architecture, they gain access to a robust ecosystem of 64-bit software and development tools," said John Cornish , executive vice president, system design division, ARM. "The VDK Family for ARMv8 Processors from Synopsys integrates ARM Fast Model technology to give software developers an efficient platform to support early code development and analysis."

"Synopsys and ARM continue to work together to help product development teams take maximum advantage of ARM's latest processors and accelerate their product development cycles, which are increasingly software-dependent," said Joachim Kunkel , senior vice president and general manager for IP and systems at Synopsys. "The VDK Family for ARMv8 Processors enables software developers to start work on their next-generation devices earlier and complete it sooner, while helping to ensure their code is optimized for performance and power efficiency."

The Synopsys VDK Family for ARMv8 Processors is planned to be available in April 2013.

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