ARM and Synopsys Collaborate to Deliver Optimized Reference Implementations for ARM Processors

 ARM and Synopsys Collaborate to Deliver Optimized Reference Implementations
                              for ARM Processors

  PR Newswire

  CAMBRIDGE, England and MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 21, 2013

- Optimized Methodologies for ARM's Cortex-A15, Cortex-A7 and CCI-400
Solutions Help Designers Achieve Processor Performance and Power Objectives

CAMBRIDGE, England and MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/


  *Processor-specific methodologies accelerate optimized implementation of
    ARM® Cortex®-A15 MPCore™ and Cortex-A7 MPCore processor clusters as well
    as CoreLink™ CCI-400 interconnect, which together can be integrated into a
    big.LITTLE™ processing system
  *Optimized scripts for TSMC 28HPM process technology use Synopsys® Galaxy™
    Implementation Platform with ARM Artisan® standard cells and embedded
    memories, including ARM POP™ technology
  *Reference Implementations are available today and include optimized
    scripts, floorplan, constraints and documentation
  *Synopsys reference verification platform for Discovery Verification IP
    supports the ARM AMBA® 4 ACE™ protocol and CCI-400 interconnect

ARM (LON:ARM; Nasdaq: ARMH) and Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the
availability of optimized 28-nanometer (nm) Synopsys Reference Implementations
for ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A7 MPCore processor clusters as well as
the CoreLink CCI-400 cache-coherent interconnect. The companies collaborated
to deliver these optimized implementations in TSMC 28HPM process technology
using the Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform, ARM Artisan standard cells
and memories, and ARM POP™ technology for core-hardening acceleration
specifically optimized for Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processor implementations.
System-on-a-chip (SoC) designers can use these Reference Implementations to
create high-performance Cortex-A15 and energy-efficient Cortex-A7 processor
clusters, and can combine them with the CCI-400 interconnect to create a
big.LITTLE processing system that delivers increased product functionality
with longer battery life.

"With a diverse range of products expected in today's end markets, ARM
Powered® solutions need to be optimized across a spectrum of energy-efficiency
and high-performance targets," said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and
general manager, Processor Division at ARM. "The companies' collaboration has
resulted in the Synopsys Reference Implementations for Cortex-A15 and
Cortex-A7 processors. They will enable our customers to more quickly converge
on their aggressive design goals, and take advantage of the benefits of
big.LITTLE processing and POP IP to address the demands of their target

Configured for ARM Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processors as well as CCI-400
interconnect, the Synopsys Reference Implementations provide tool scripts, a
baseline floorplan, design constraints and documentation to serve as an
optimized starting point for implementation. These scripts, built on the
widely-used Synopsys tool Reference Methodologies (RMs) and optimized for
high-performance cores, leverage Galaxy Platform capabilities such as Design
Compiler® Graphical physical guidance for improved timing and post-route
correlation. The scripts also leverage IC Compiler™ technologies, including
final-stage leakage recovery for reduced leakage power, data flow analysis for
faster floorplan creation and transparent interface optimization for faster
top-level closure. They are configured for TSMC 28HPM process technology with
ARM Artisan standard cells, memories and ARM POP technology. Designers may
further optimize the scripts for their own design goals, processor
configurations, process technologies and libraries. Reference Implementation
technology plug-ins for the Synopsys Lynx Design System will enable a full,
chip-level production design flow. Synopsys also provides expert professional
services to help designers deploy and customize the Reference Implementations
to achieve their specific SoC design goals.

The Synopsys Reference Implementation for the Cortex-A7 processor cluster is
for a quad-core MPCore configuration, optimized first for energy efficiency,
then for maximum speed to provide energy-efficient multi-processing. For
high-performance multi-processing within a tight power envelope, the Reference
Implementation for the Cortex-A15 processor cluster targets a dual-core
configuration, optimized first for performance, then for power. The CCI-400
interconnect implementation is optimized for the combination of these two
processor clusters into a big.LITTLE processing system.

ARM and Synopsys have also collaborated on a reference verification platform
for Synopsys Discovery Verification IP, which supports the ARM AMBA® 4 ACE™
protocol and CCI-400 interconnect. With this reference verification platform,
verification engineers can rapidly develop highly efficient verification
environments for their cache-coherent designs.

"This latest collaboration with ARM continues our long-standing tradition of
creating solutions to address our mutual customers' key design challenges,"
said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager, Implementation
Group at Synopsys. "The Synopsys Reference Implementations for ARM Cortex-A15
and Cortex-A7 processors as well as CCI-400 interconnect take advantage of ARM
and Synopsys technologies as well as our high-performance and low-power design
expertise to enable designers to achieve optimized SoC performance and power
targets on an accelerated timeline."

Learn More about the Synopsys Reference Implementations for ARM Processors:

SNUG Silicon Valley attendees can learn more about the Synopsys reference
implementations next week at the Synopsys User's Group Silicon Valley in Santa
Clara, CA:

  *Power-Centric Timing Optimization of an ARM Quad-Core Cortex-A7 Processor 
  *Engineering Trade-Offs in the Implementation of High-Performance Dual-Core
    ARM Cortex-A15 Processor
  *Accelerating SoC Verification with Synopsys Discovery VIP and the ARM
    CCI-400 Cache-Coherent Interconnect
  *Optimization Exploration of ARM Cortex Processor-based Designs with the
    Lynx Design System


The 28nm Reference Implementation scripts and documentation for dual-core
Cortex-A15 MPCore, quad-core Cortex-A7 and CCI-400 interconnect are available
today for Synopsys customers under maintenance who are ARMv7 processor
licensees: . Lynx technology plug-ins for
these Reference Implementations are planned to be available at the end of
April, 2013. The Synopsys Verification IP and Reference Platform for AMBA 4
ACE protocol and CCI-400 interconnect are available today from Synopsys.

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products,
from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging,
automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering
includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling
software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products,
peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design
services, training, support and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner
community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable
path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by
following these links:

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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 .

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trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited. Synopsys, Design Compiler,
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Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements regarding
the expected availability and performance of Lynx technology plug-ins for the
Synopsys Reference Implementations. These statements are based on current
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not limited to, unforeseen production or delivery delays, failure to perform
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Editorial Contacts:
Tiffany Sparks           Monica Marmie
ARM                      Synopsys, Inc.
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