CoWare ConvergenSC Model Library Expands with ARM1136J-S Processor

9/5/2003 - CoWare® Inc., the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software, announced that the first processor support package (PSP) using the ARM11TM Cycle Callable Models (CCMs), has been added to its extensive ConvergenSCTM Model Library. The PSP for the ARM1136J-STM core from CoWare helps reduce overall design time by allowing designers to explore and debug their designs at the system level.

The ConvergenSC Model Library of simulation models for SystemC includes models based on ARM® certified CCMs - the most flexible and highest performance software models for simulation acceleration. In addition to the ARM1136J-S core, the library includes the ARM7TM core, the ARM9TM core, and the ARM10TM core families, as well as numerous other processor and bus models.

"ARM has been working closely with CoWare on SystemC model development and the result is the ARM1136J-S core model, being made available to our customers for system-level design as part of the ConvergenSC Model Library," said Duncan Bryan, EDA relations manager, ARM. "CoWare is meeting increased demand among designers for SystemC ARM processor models. With this release, hardware and software designers can optimize their designs using high-speed software simulation with fully cycle accurate behavior for the latest ARM processors."

By running simulations on the CoWare PSP, users can determine the optimum architecture for their specific application early in the design process. The PSP consists of a fast, accurate Instruction-Set Simulator (ISS), a bus interface model, an ARM debug interface and compatibility with the ARM software tool chain (compiler, assembler, linker) for the processor. The PSP for the ARM1136J-S core works with the CoWare AMBATM TLM bus simulator. The models are compliant with the ARM AMBA 2.0 bus standard.

CoWare's unique integration technology offers user-friendly features including enhanced in-system debugging with semi hosting; the ability to load software images on-the-fly in different memory locations, and the ability to modify the endianness of the core at runtime."

CoWare is committed to providing customers with the broadest range of IP models available to simulate their designs quickly and easily," said Mark Milligan, vice president, marketing, CoWare. "With the ConvergenSC Model Library PSPs, designers can debug their software and hardware early in the design process, with the right IP models for their specific design requirements. The PSPs, in conjunction with CoWare's analysis tools, let customers pinpoint bottlenecks in their designs at the system level, to greatly speed their time-to-market."

CoWare's PSP for the ARM1136J-S Core will be available in production release in October 2003, and is shipping to beta customers now. CoWare's ConvergenSC System Designer product is available now. ConvergenSC runs on Sun Solaris and Linux operating systems. For the latest information and availability about this and other models in the ConvergenSC Model Library, please contact John MacDermott, director, business development, at

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CoWare, the leading supplier of system-level electronic design automation (EDA) software, is revolutionizing system on chip (SoC) and embedded software development by enabling engineers to create design platforms optimized for specific market requirements. Its software is employed today by major systems, intellectual property (IP) and semiconductor companies worldwide. For the second year, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal has recognized CoWare as one of the fastest-growing private companies in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit:

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