Carbon Design Systems Showcases New Capabilities at Freescale Technology Forum

Carbon Design Systems Inc. (, announced that it has previewed its newly released ARM Cortex-A57 Carbon Performance Analysis Kit (CPAK) at the Freescale Technology Forum.

The release includes multiple CPAKs featuring the ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processor cores. CPAKs enable debug and analysis of 64-bit executables and come complete with pre-built software code to configure and exercise the systems.

The release also includes a new version of the Carbon Traffic Generator and System Analyzer and support for ARM Fast Models 8.2. A model of the ARM CoreLink NIC-400 Network Interconnect supports Swap & Play, Carbon's technology to swap from a virtual prototype executing at 100s of MIPS to an equivalent virtual prototype running with 100% hardware accuracy.

"This release demonstrates our customers' desire to receive full solutions that include models, analysis tools, and a software stack all bundled into a full subsystem enabling them to quickly assemble a virtual platform using Carbon SoC Designer," states Hal Conklin, Carbon's vice president of Sales and Marketing.

At the Freescale Technology Forum the CPAK was customized to represent various configurations of Freescale's upcoming QorIQ packet processor offerings. The interconnect was configured to allow injection of packet processing workload traffic into the system leveraging Freescale IP. This gives confidence in optimizing overall system performance by leveraging the CPAK's 100% accurate models.

"Multiple application workloads were run to obtain accurate benchmarking data," states John Arends, director of Multicore SoC Architecture for Freescale's Digital Networking group. "This enables us to confidently demonstrate to our customers the post-silicon performance of our upcoming products long before actual silicon is fabricated."