APTIX, ARM AND AGILENT INTRODUCE AN INTEGRATED SOC VALIDATION PLATFORM FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEM DESIGN.San Jose-based Aptix Corp., a prototyping and verification company, whose products are used to verify embedded system-on-chip (SoC) designs, ARM ((LSE LSE - Language Sensitive Editor :ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)), the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology and Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE NYSE
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The new validation platform allows for faster "out-of-the-box" design validation of embedded systems using ARM core-based microprocessors.
The integrated platform reduces design validation time from months to days and uses products from Aptix, ARM and Agilent. The platform includes Aptix's System Explorer or Software Integration Station with its new interface to ARM's widely-used Integrator SoC development platforms, the ARM Integrator ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Pronounced "a-sick." A chip that is custom designed for a specific application rather than a general-purpose chip such as a microprocessor. development platform with Core Modules and Agilent's logic and Trace Port Analyzer.
"Our goal is to reduce time to market for embedded system designers," said Dr. Amr Mosen, Aptix chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "The combination of our technologies gives customers an integrated validation platform for hardware, firmware and applications software co-development. This offers a significant breakthrough for time-critical embedded systems including automotive, consumer and wireless applications such as WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) A 3G high-speed digital data service provided by cellular carriers that use the TDMA or GSM technology worldwide, including AT&T (formerly Cingular) and T-Mobile in the U.S. , Bluetooth or 802.11."
"Our customers need the best design tools to achieve faster validation of their ARM core-based embedded systems," said Gordon Stubberfield, product manager, ARM. "The combination of Aptix's verification systems interfaced to ARM's Integrator Core Modules combined with Agilent's analyzers helps them to achieve their goals."
"Logic analyzers and trace-port analyzers provide design teams with visibility into system behavior. Agilent's solutions, when coupled with the Aptix System Explorer, enable customers to monitor nodes that would normally be hidden from designers," said Alois Hauk, VP of Agilent's Design Validation group. "Both hardware and software engineers benefit from internal visibility. Both the logic and trace port analyzers can be used during final system validation as well."
The SoC validation platform's openness allows it to include DSP (1) (Digital Signal Processor) A special-purpose CPU used for digital signal processing applications (see definition #2 below). It provides ultra-fast instruction sequences, such as shift and add, and multiply and add, which are commonly used in math-intensive cores, bus interfaces such as USB USB
in full Universal Serial Bus
Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer. and PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). , as well as hardware, software and existing and future ARM processor cores. At 20MHz, the speed is the fastest available for validation of ARM core-based SoCs. Each ARM Integrator evaluation board supports up to four ARM core modules, and each System Explorer from Aptix can accommodate 10 ARM Integrator boards. Members of the software team can use the lower cost (desktop) Software Integration Station from Aptix in place Aptix's System Explorer.
To isolate bugs, Aptix's propriety incremental debugging technology allows each FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) A type of gate array that is programmed in the field rather than in a semiconductor fab. Containing up to hundreds of thousands of gates, there are a variety of FPGA architectures on the market. node of the embedded system that is represented in the Aptix System Explorer to be visible and viewed by an Agilent logic analyzer. Using the unique trigger in/out feature of the Agilent Trace Port Analyzer, cross triggering between the HW and SW is possible. This allows HW triggers to cause SW breakpoints and SW breakpoints to trigger the Logic Analyzer. Once stopped the ARM core's execution and the state of the SoC designs logic may be viewed.