Synopsys announces the new DesignWare ARC Software Development Platforms

Synopsys, Inc., spacialised in providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, announced the new DesignWare ARC Software Development Platforms, designed to accelerate software development and debug of system-on-chip design based in ARC processors.

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The ARC AXS101 and AXS102 Software Development Platforms are complete and ready-to-use hardware and software platforms that include ARC processors, peripherals, pre-built Linux and MQX operating systems, device drivers, and application examples, enabling designers to start software development prior to SoC availability.

The ARC Software Development Platforms include a wide range of peripheral I/Os, such as USB, Ethernet, UART, GPIO, SPI, I2C and Secure Digital (SD). These allow designers to use the same hardware and drivers in the final SoC implementation, reducing development effort. Additionally, the built-in HapsTrak connector on the ARC Software Development Platforms allows designers to quickly implement SoC prototypes using Synopsys'HAPS FPGA-based prototyping solution.

The AXS101 Software Development Platform incorporates the AXC001 CPU Card that supports the ARC 625D, 770D, EM4, EM6 and AS221BD processors in an ASIC implementation. The ARC AXS102 Software Development Platform includes the AXC002 CPU Card that supports the new ARC HS34 and HS36 processors in an FPGA implementation.

The ARC Software Development Platforms are supported by Synopsys' ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit, and come with a buit-in HapsTrak connector, which provides a fast tunnel, operating at up to 150MHz through the ARM AMBA AXI interconnect. Also, five Digilent Pmod Compatible connectors support the integration of other custom and commercially available hardware extensions.

The Synopsys ARC AXS101 Software Development Platform, including the AXC001 CPU Card for ARC 625D, 770D, EM4, EM6 and AS221BD processors, is available now, while the Synopsys ARC AXS102 Software Development Platform, which includes the AXC002 CPU Card for ARC HS34 and HS36 processors, is scheduled to be available March 2014. 

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