Synopsys issues IP prototyping kits for 64 bit ARM based designs

April 29, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Hybrid IP Prototyping Kits pre-integrate a Virtualizer Development Kit and a DesignWare IP Prototyping Kit to accelerate IP prototyping, software development and integration; DesignWare IP reference designs with Linux software stack and drivers enable developers to quickly bring up and optimise IP software.

A virtual 64 bit ARM processor based prototyping platform that provides superior debug and analysis capabilities for interface IP software development is part of Synopsys’ IP Accelerated initiative. The kits enable designers to prototype the ARM processor and memory elements of a design in a virtual environment for improved debug visibility, and to develop software for the DesignWare interface IP in an FPGA based environment for high performance execution with real world interface connectivity. The Hybrid IP Prototyping Kits accelerate IP development by combining a Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) with a DesignWare IP Prototyping Kit consisting of a HAPS DX FPGA based prototyping system with a DesignWare IP reference design. The VDK includes a virtual prototype of the ARMv8 Base Platform containing an ARM Cortex A57 plus Cortex A53 big.LITTLE system. The Hybrid IP Prototyping Kits accelerate prototyping, hardware and software integration and system validation, enabling designers to start software development months earlier in the design cycle.

“Using Synopsys’ hybrid prototyping solution enabled our design team to complete software development for our ARM based system almost 20 days ahead of schedule,” said Yukihiro Urakawa, Technology Executive, Logic LSI Design Division at Toshiba. “Even after the board with our own IC was available, we found that Synopsys’ hybrid solution continued to aid in our software development, because its internal view of the system and precise control accelerated our debug. The seamless combination of the virtual development kit, HAPS FPGA based prototyping system and DesignWare IP reference drivers gave us a critical time to market edge in the competitive image processing market.”

Features include;

  1. Linux software stack and drivers as well as a pre-verified DesignWare IP reference design accelerate hardware and software development and allow the user to start implementing and validating IP in an SoC context in minutes;
  2. The VDK enables efficient non intrusive debug control and visibility. It is compatible with the industry’s most popular software development tools including the ARM DS-5 Development Studio, Lauterbach TRACE32 and GNU GDB;
  3. The IP Prototyping Kit enables designers to accelerate the integration of IP into their target SoC, optimise the IP configuration and develop drivers and software applications with real world I/Os and hardware.