Carbon Model Studio, from Carbon Design Systems, is a solution for the automatic generation, validation, and implementation of hardware-accurate software models, enabling a design team to begin software development and debug before silicon. Carbon Model Studio was designed for the entire design team, from system architects and software engineers to hardware designers and third-party intellectual property (IP) providers. System architects can use Carbon Model Studio for architectural analysis and profiling. Software engineers can develop and debug embedded software, firmware, drivers and diagnostics concurrent with hardware development. In addition, Carbon Models can be securely distributed to third-party partners to accelerate adoption of an IP provider’s technology devices.
Carbon Model Studio eliminates the need for handcoding models of hardware because “Carbonized” models of the IP are created from their VHDL and Verilog descriptions. Its graphical interface and development environment manages all of the data from design files and build tasks. Source browsing, error navigation and project management offer a way to pinpoint problems, as well as the ability to manage different IP builds and configurations. When a change is made to the model, all of the variants can be regenerated from a single source with a single command.
The software provides drag-and-drop mapping from the cycle- and pin-level RTL code to transaction-level interfaces of electronic system level (ESL) environments. The result is an accurate model for analysis and debug, and interfaces required for drop-in access from system environments. Carbon Model Studio’s existing platform integrations include RealView® SoC Designer from ARM®, Platform Architect design environment from CoWare®, and OSCI SystemC.
Carbon Model Studio will run on Solaris and PC platforms running Linux and Windows. Pricing for the complete model-generation and execution solution is “use-model” dependent and starts at $82,500.
Carbon Design Systems