SOURCE: Carbon Design Systems

May 11, 2011 11:00 ET

Carbon Design Systems and MIPS Technologies Collaborate to Enable Virtual Platforms

Delivering Cycle-Accurate Virtual Models for Architectural Analysis, Firmware Development

ACTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Carbon Design Systems™ and MIPS Technologies (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital, home, networking and mobile applications, announced today that they are collaborating to create and distribute virtual platform models of MIPS Technologies' processor intellectual property (IP) cores.

The first models are available already from Carbon, the leading supplier of solutions for architectural analysis, performance optimization and pre-silicon firmware debug.

Carbon's processor models are generated from the production register transfer level (RTL) code for each MIPS® core. The resulting models will deliver 100% cycle accuracy. The models and virtual platforms will feature integration with gdb and the MIPS Navigator™ ICS (Integrated Component Suite) to enable interactive debug and analysis.

"Carbon is a leader in providing cycle accurate simulation and virtual platforms," remarked Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development at MIPS. "The accurate models and MIPS-Based virtual platforms delivered by Carbon will enable our customers to perform architectural tradeoffs, ensure real-time behavior and tune performance in critical functions early in the design cycle."

Models of MIPS processor IP and corresponding virtual platforms from Carbon are compiled directly from the implementation RTL code and maintain 100% functional accuracy. Configuration and generation of the models can be done at any time using Carbon's IP Exchange web portal. Models are designed for use in Carbon's SoCDesigner Plus virtual platform and can execute as part of a SystemC or RTL simulation environment.

Carbon Design Systems will demonstrate its architectural analysis, performance optimization and pre-silicon firmware debug solutions in Booth # 1914, 2127 at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC) June 6-8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Models of the MIPS32® M14K™ and M14Kc™ cores are available today. Additional processors will be released regularly. Up-to-date model availability and download information is available from the Carbon IP Exchange:

About Carbon Design Systems
Carbon offers the industry's only unified virtual platform solution along with the leading solution for accurate IP model creation. Carbon virtual platforms can execute at 100s of MIPS and with 100% accuracy to enable application software development, detailed architectural analysis and secure IP model distribution. Carbon's solutions are based on open industry standards, including SystemC, IP-XACT, Verilog, VHDL, OSCI TLM, MDI, CASI, CADI and CAPI. Carbon's customers are systems, semiconductor, and IP companies that focus on wireless, networking, and consumer electronics. Carbon is headquartered at 125 Nagog Park, Acton, Mass., 01720. Telephone: (978) 264-7300. Facsimile: (978) 264-9990. Email: Website:

Carbon Design Systems is a trademark of Carbon Design Systems Inc. Carbon acknowledges trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

MIPS, MIPS-Based, MIPS32, M14K and M14Kc are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and other countries of MIPS Technologies, Inc.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Bill Neifert
    Vice President of Business Development
    Carbon Design Systems
    (978) 264-7302
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