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Synopsys Extends Support For ARM AMBA Protocol Verification With New Performance Checker For AMBA 4 AXI4





MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced that its next-generation Discovery™ Verification IP (VIP) for the ARM® AMBA® 4 AXI4™ protocol now offers a Performance Checker capability. This capability enables system-on-chip (SoC) verification teams to analyze and validate SoC performance using metrics established during the system architecture definition process, speeding up the debug of SoC performance bottlenecks.

"The SoC's design including cutting-edge CPU cores, GPU design and the application software has stringent performance requirements in order to meet the requirements of our target market," said Mr. Sadahiro Kimura, Leader of EPF Development Department CH Development Center Controller Development Division of Ricoh. "Leveraging Synopsys' Performance Checker capability enables us to link our performance constraints, defined at the architecture definition stage, with RTL simulation to verify and ensure performance goals are met for these SoCs."

"Developing high-performance products quickly and predictably is critical for the SoC market. With increased SoC complexity, the integration of multiple blocks frequently produces performance bottlenecks that need to be examined and eliminated," said Joe Convey, director of design enablement, ARM. "The Performance Checker capability in Synopsys' Discovery VIP for AMBA 4 AXI4 offers an innovative approach that leverages the investment made in optimizing the system architecture to SoC verification, accelerating the overall verification process."

The Performance Checker capability builds on Discovery VIP data integrity checking to track latencies across an AMBA 4 AXI4 or ACE™ interconnect. Metrics defined in Synopsys' Platform Architect™ during architecture exploration are passed to the Discovery VIP as constraints to ensure consistency of system-performance through the design flow. The Performance Checker capability then enables the Discovery VIP to identify performance violations and generates reports that help users validate their implementation against the optimized system's performance goals, with a substantially wider range of real-life traffic. Additionally, violations are highlighted in Synopsys' Protocol Analyzer protocol-aware debug environment to simplify debug and accelerate root-cause analysis.

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