Product Announcement: New Fast Models for the Cortex Processor Roadmap

30 March 2009

Cambridge, UK –Mar. 30, 2009 -   ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] today announced at Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose, Calif., expansion of its Fast Models portfolio with the introduction of two new models for the Cortex™-A9 MPCore™   multicore processor and for the Cortex-M3 processor.

These models are designed to enable:

  • Simple, cost-effective deployment and maintenance of Virtual Platforms to globally-distributed development teams
  • Regression testing of new software/hardware combinations

The Fast Models for the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor and Cortex-M3 processor are the latest examples to be added to the ARM® Fast Model portfolio. They complement an already wide range of very fast, validated models for ARM CPUs, ARM PrimeCell® peripherals, such as the new PL310 L2 Cache Controller, and generic interfaces   Included with the product are Fast Model Tools that enable the creation of custom Virtual Platforms or Exported Virtual Sub-systems. Fast Models can achieve speeds of up to 250MHz to enable real-time execution of software which can be analyzed using the ARM Profiler tool.

Product Benefits

  • Develop and optimize software applications, middleware and drivers for platforms based on new ARM CPUs - ahead of hardware availability
  • Model functionality is validated by ARM for true-to-hardware performance
  • Roadmap to future ARM architecture technology and CPU availability
  • Models can be used within the supplied ARM simulation environment or may be exported for use in the industry-standard OSCI TLM 2.0 SystemC environment

Availability: April 2009
For ordering and pricing information please contact your local ARM office

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies 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 32-bit 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. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

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For additional information or a datasheet, please contact

Michelle Spencer
+44 1628 427 780


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