SOURCE: Carbon Design Systems

April 17, 2014 10:00 ET

Carbon Design Systems Collaborates With Freescale to Showcase New Capabilities at Freescale Technology Forum

Freescale® Semiconductors' New QorIQ® Layerscape™ Family of ARM-Based Networking Processors Demonstrated Using Carbon's Latest Release

ACTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Carbon Design Systems® Inc., the leading supplier of accurate virtual prototype solutions, announced that it recently previewed its newly released ARM® Cortex™-A57 Carbon Performance Analysis Kit (CPAK) at the Freescale Technology Forum. 

The April 15, 2014 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. These multicore, multi-cluster CPAKs are designed to be easily customized by the user and enable designer productivity within minutes of download. 

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 exclusive 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.

The value of Carbon's new multicore, multi-cluster Cortex-A57 CPAK was demonstrated at the Freescale Technology Forum where 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."

Availability and Pricing

Carbon's accurate virtual prototype solutions featuring advanced ARM IP are available today from Carbon IP Exchange. The list of available solutions is updated continually as new IP is released from ARM and as Carbon constructs additional CPAKs.

Pricing is available upon request.

Information about Carbon Design Systems can be found at: The Carbon IP Exchange web portal is available at:

About Carbon Design Systems

Carbon Design Systems solutions enable virtual prototype productivity within minutes of download. Carbon virtual prototypes can execute at hundreds of MIPS and with 100% accuracy to enable software optimization and performance analysis as well as firmware and driver development. Carbon's customers are systems, semiconductor, and IP companies that focus on wireless, networking, and consumer electronics. Carbon investors include Samsung Venture Investment Corporation and ARM Holdings. Carbon is headquartered at 125 Nagog Park, Acton, Mass., 01720. Telephone: (978) 264-7300. Facsimile: (978) 264-9990. Email: Website:

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Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Bill Neifert
    Vice President of Business Development
    Carbon Design Systems
    (978) 264-7302
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    Nanette Collins
    Public Relations
    Carbon Design Systems
    (617) 437-1822
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