Simpod to demonstrate Modeling System at IP98 Exhibition using ARM(tm) Processor
SANTA CLARA, CA - March 23, 1998 - Simpod Inc., the first electronic design automation (EDA) company to offer a high-performance desktop IP modeling system, today announced that it will demonstrate the capabilities of its new system at the Intellectual Property 98 conference using a bonded-out implementation of the ARM7TDMI processor and a demo subsystem provided by ARM, Cambridge, UK.
"We are delighted to be able to present the modeling capabilities of our new DeskPOD™ family using a world-class RISC core like the ARM7TDMI," said Richard Curtin, CEO of Simpod, Inc. "It is precisely this type of silicon intellectual property (SIP) for which the DeskPOD family was designed - Simpod offers unique price/performance benefits to embedded system designers working in highly competitive end-system markets."
Simpod intends to demonstrate that the DeskPOD system can enable ARM customers and licensees to achieve faster time-to-modeling for hardware/software co-development of embedded ARM7TDMI processor designs. "We are pleased to be involved with promising new technology that addresses our customers' need for substantially improved efficiencies in the design, verification and system-level integration of reusable IP," said Alistair Greenhill, business manager of ARM's EDA business unit. "With time-to-market pressures mounting steadily in the end-system markets for which ARM7TDMI is most appropriate, the potential for faster time-to-modeling and more efficient co-development using the DeskPOD IP modeling platform would offer significant advantages to our customers."
Featuring a 16-bit instruction set drawn from the original 32-bit ARM instruction set, the Thumb extension allows a subset of the most commonly used 32-bit ARM instructions to execute from 16 or 32-bit memory with a 30 to 40 percent code density improvement. On execution, Thumb instructions are decompressed by the processor into equivalent ARM instructions in real time.
DeskPOD API can support HDL-based simulators (Verilog and VHDL), as well as for embedded software development tools. Multiple DeskPOD systems can be incorporated in a single simulation model, providing a scalable modeling resource for complex system design and verification.
The Simpod modeling system satisfies a variety of design and verification requirements while easily co-existing with the user's current development environment. DeskPOD provides the hardware engineer with quick time-to-modeling, and the potential for significant performance improvements over RTL simulation. Concurrent with the hardware design and verification effort, software engineers can run DeskPOD through a "C" API to verify embedded firmware or driver code intended for use in the target system. In this fashion, the software engineer gains access to the actual system blocks much sooner in the co-development schedule, allowing early validation of the code versus the system specification. Additionally, the DeskPOD socket can be connected to another subsystem by use of a cable, allowing the code to be tested in-circuit.
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