Synopsys Signs Multiyear Collaboration Agreement with ARM for Early Software Development for ARMv8 Processors

 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

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


  oSynopsys® and ARM extend collaboration agreement to include ARM® Fast
    Models of ARMv8 processors
  oSynopsys VDK Family for ARMv8 Processors enables OS bring-up, firmware and
    driver development for products using ARMv8 processors up to a year before
    board availability
  oMulticore/multi-cluster software analysis capabilities allow developers to
    optimize software for product performance and energy efficiency
  oSemiconductor vendors can create a VDK for their SoC for use by their own
    software developers as well as those at their customers and partners

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced the extension of 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. This enables developers to optimize software for product
performance and energy efficiency. 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™configurationsand 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' VDKs offer a plug-n-play integration with the most popular software
debuggers and facilitate a broad range of software development use cases to
meet the needs of semiconductor companies' own software developers as well as
those at their customers and partners. The new VDKs include multicore software
debug and analysis tools, reference software stacks and ARMv8 processor-based
reference designs to provide an out-of-the-box software development platform.
In addition, companies can customize these designs with the Virtualizer tool
set to represent their specific ARMv8 SoCs. The VDKs also allow software
engineers to efficiently develop software to support individual IP components,
such as porting device drivers for DesignWare Interface IP, as well as to
perform full software bring-up for the entire SoC.

"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

Availability & Resources

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

  oLearn more about VDKs:

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics
market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor
IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design,
verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers
around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create
billions of chips and systems. Learn more at

Editorial Contacts:
Tess Cahayag
Synopsys, Inc.

Stephen Brennan
MCA, Inc.
650-968-8900, ext.114

SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.

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