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ARM Launches RealView Model Library Access Program For EDA Tool Providers

26 January 2004

CAMBRIDGE, UK - Jan. 26, 2004 – ARM [(LSE: ARM) (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced the launch of its RealView® Model Library Access Program. In addition, PROSILOG and Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE), providers of innovative solutions for SoC design and verification, have joined the Program as inaugural members.  The new Program will enable support of ARM® models in the tools of medium-sized EDA Partners, expanding the number of tool choices for ARM core-based developers who seek to reduce time-to-market with fast simulation and verification technology. 

The ARM RealView Model Library Access Program will provide access to ARM Micro-architectural RTL and SystemC models enabling integration of RealView Model library models with the products of EDA vendors.  Participating EDA vendors will also gain access interface specifications and integration guides in order to ensure their products will suit the needs of ARM core-based developers.  In turn, these developers will benefit from an increasingly wide range of EDA tools with which to build ARM core-based microprocessor solutions in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

“ARM is dedicated to the creation of a community in which developers have at their disposal the broadest range of tools to reduce the time-to-market of their products,” said Duncan Bryan, EDA Relations manager, ARM.  “Designers using products developed by RealView Model Library Access Program Partners, such as the PROSILOG’s Magillem â integration platform or EVE’s ZeBu (Zero Bugs) emulation platform, can be confident that these tools offer excellent support for the ARM RealView Model Library.”

“Our customers have been asking for the availability of processor cores, described either at micro-architectural or at transactional levels within the Magillem platform,” said Marcel Saussay, CEO of PROSILOG SA.  “Our partnership with ARM and the integration of the ARM RealView models into the Magillem platform enables our customers to perform architecture exploration as early as possible in the design cycle, and therefore reduce time-to-market.”

The ARM RealView models, both micro-architectural RTL and SystemC, are enhancing the hardware-software co-simulation capabilities included in the Magillem platform.  The combination eases the development of software code with hardware platforms that are described either in VHDL, Verilog or in SystemC at different levels of abstraction. The PROSILOG performance analysis tools then ease the hardware-software partitioning as well as the verification phases of the complete SoC. 

“ARM is the undisputed leader in the embedded processors solution market and joining the RealView Model Library Access Program gives us an opportunity to strengthen our relationship,” said Dr. Luc Burgun, EVE’s CEO and president.  “This partnership will enable us to offer high-performance and low-cost verification solutions based on our ZeBu emulation platform to shorten the time-to-market for ARM IP-based SoC designs.”

EVE’s ZeBu is a hardware-assisted verification platform used to accelerate the verification process of SoC designs and the development cycle for embedded software designs.

About ARM

ARM is the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM’s microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com .

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