ARM Highlights Innovation Driven by Partner Collaboration at DAC 2012

May 31, 2012

What: ARM will demonstrate how ARM® Connected Community® Partners continue to drive innovation through collaboration during the 49th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco next week. At the show ARM Chief Technical Officer, Mike Muller will deliver a keynote and other ARM technical experts will participate in the DAC conference program, as well as provide product demonstrations and booth presentations (booth 1414). Conference attendees will learn how ARM is working with leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies to enable smarter system design through integrated and optimized Intellectual Property (IP). Also, for the first time, attendees at DAC will have the opportunity to visit the ARM Connected Community Pavilion (booth 802), which will highlight the latest technology from ARM EDA and Embedded Partners.

In Muller’s keynote on Tuesday 5th June, entitled “Scaling for 2020 Solutions,” he will explore how design strategies have evolved during the past 25 years. Muller will discuss the EDA industry’s role in enabling these advances in systems, hardware, operating systems and applications, and its ability to explore possible design solutions that will enable and drive the Internet of Things. In addition, technical experts from ARM will participate in tutorials and research sessions, as well as a panel discussions, on topics that include heterogeneous multiprocessing and task context migration using big.LITTLE processing, sub-20nm FinFET design and adaptive computing.

  • Additional highlights of ARM’s participation at DAC 2012:  
    Creating a Platform for Greater InnovationThe latest technology solutions from the ARM Partners will be on display at the ARM Connected Community Pavilion (booth 802). In addition to Partner presentations, there will be “Ask an ARM Expert” events where attendees can get their most challenging questions answered from top ARM executives and engineers, including Dr. Dipesh Patel, deputy general manager of the Physical IP Division; and ARM R&D Fellows Dr. Rob Aitken and Dr. David Flynn.   Partners participating in the Connected Community Pavilion include Ansys Apache Design, Atrenta, Cadence, Carbon Design Systems, EVE, Jasper Design Automation, Mentor Graphics, Space Codesign, Synopsys, Vworks and Zocalo.   
  • Enabling Smarter System Design through Integrated and Optimized IP
    ARM enables smarter system design through collaboration with Partners and the optimization and scalability of processors. ARM recently announced the availability of a significantly expanded lineup of ARM Processor Optimization Pack™ (POP) solutions targeting a range of ARM Cortex™ processors. ARM Artisan® Physical IP platforms also deliver optimized IP for best-in-class processor implementations. In addition to demos and presentations on the ARM booth, ARM will discuss the industry’s broadest physical IP portfolio in presentations at the booths of several partners, including, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Samsung and TSMC.  
  • Advanced Implementations for Next-Generation Low-Power Devices
    Today’s consumers demand devices with both higher-performance and extended battery life. ARM big.LITTLE™ processing connects the performance of the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore™ processor with the energy-efficiency of the Cortex-A7 MPCore processor, enabling the same application software to be migrated seamlessly between them. By selecting the optimum processor for each task, big.LITTLE can extend battery life by up to 70 percent. ARM big.LITTLE processing will feature at the following presentations and special sessions:       
    • “ARM big.LITTLE technology: Hardware and software architecture options to optimize energy-efficiency” ARM Theater (booth 1414), Brian Jeff (ARM), Monday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 7 at 1:30 in room 310.
    • “Early bring-up and optimization of Android stacks for ARM big.LITTLE processing.” ARM Theater (booth 1414), Tom DeSchutter, (Synopsys), Monday, June 4, at 4 p.m.  

ARM big.LITTLE processing will also be on display during demonstrations in the ARM booth and in presentations by Apache, Cadence, Carbon and Synopsys.  

  • Firmware and Application Development
    Time to market pressures on today’s developers require parallelization of both hardware and software development efforts. ARM® FastModels™ meet this challenge by combining SoC development with fast instruction accurate models of today’s ARM processor-based cores platforms. Software developers no longer have to wait for hardware to start their firmware and application development. At DAC, ARM is demonstrating how FastModels and the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5™) toolchain work together providing a best in class solution for developers.  

Why: Innovation using the latest ARM technology has always been – and will continue to be – driven by the extensive ARM Partner community. As one of the leading design conferences in the world, DAC is an important platform for ARM and ARM Partners to provide attendees with insight into the technology that will drive tomorrow’s most innovative devices.

When: 3rd – 7th June 2012

Where: The ARM exhibit at DAC (booth 1414) will feature a theater where more than 30 presentations from ARM and the ARM Connected Community. ARM and its Partners will explore topics ranging from 28nm design to addressing the design challenges associated with building processors that are both high-performance and energy-efficient. For the full ARM Theater schedule, visit In addition to demonstrations on POPs and big.LITTLE processing, conference attendees will be able to experience demonstrations of ARM CoreSight™ system IP for on-chip debug and trace and ARM CoreLink system IP for the development of low-power and cost-efficient SoCs. In the Connected Community pavilion, VWorks will also be demonstrating the Freescale Vybrid multi-core Cortex-A5 plus Cortex-M4 virtual target based on ARM Fast Models, along with DS-5 debug tools.

For full details of ARM activities at DAC, visit the   

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