SOURCE: Carbon Design Systems

June 12, 2013 10:00 ET

Carbon Expands Reach of Model Swap Technology

100 MIPS Speed, 100% Accuracy Now Possible for Broad Range of Additional SoC Components

ACTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) -  Carbon Design Systems®, the leading supplier of virtual prototype and secure model solutions, announced today that its latest release of SoCDesigner™ Plus has expanded the models eligible to be used with Swap & Play™.

The Swap & Play technology enables a virtual prototype to boot an operating system, such as Linux or Android, in seconds and then debug or optimize performance with 100% implementation accuracy. The latest release of SoCDesigner Plus enables designers a way to use fabric components and DDRx memory controllers from any vendor or internal source in a virtual prototype capable of Swap & Play. These components compliment the Fast Model™ component library from ARM® and allow users to quickly configure a complete Swap & Play virtual prototype system. 

"Now that we automatically support all fabric and DDRx memory controller components, many more design teams can boot an operating system in seconds and then debug with 100% accuracy using Swap & Play," remarks Joe Tatham, Carbon's vice president of engineering. Previously, numerous design teams made use of the Swap & Play implementation, while many were unable to take advantage of the capability because it supported a limited number of fabric and memory controller components.

Carbon Model Studio, the industry's trusted source for implementation-accurate models, is used to drive the fabric and memory controller features. By using design knowledge gained during the compilation process, the compiler automatically generates a high-speed functional model for each component. This component is capable of executing at 100s of MIPS and then being swapped with the original Carbonized register transfer level (RTL) model at any breakpoint. 

Existing Performance Analysis Kits (CPAKs) on Carbon's IP Exchange web portal ( containing fabric components from Arteris and memory controllers from Cadence have been updated with the new Swap & Play technology. 

"Using the Swap & Play technology from Carbon, we can boot an OS in SoCDesigner in seconds and then continue running with a 100% accurate model of our FlexNoC interconnect components," states Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris. "This unleashes a much larger area of design challenges which can be addressed in a virtual prototype instead of waiting for emulation or FPGA prototypes."


Carbon's newly enhanced Swap & Play support and updated CPAKs are available now for all SoCDesigner Plus users. Pricing is available upon request.

About Carbon Design Systems

Carbon Design Systems offers the industry's only unified virtual prototype solution along with the leading solution for accurate IP model creation. Carbon virtual prototypes can execute at hundreds of MIPS and with 100% accuracy to enable application software development, detailed architectural analysis and secure IP model distribution. 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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    Bill Neifert
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    Carbon Design Systems
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    Nanette Collins
    Public Relations
    Carbon Design Systems
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