CoWare.Processor.Designer 2009

CoWare Processor Designer
Programmable Accelerators for Platform-Driven ESL Design

* Integrated design environment for unified application specific processor, programmable accelerator design and software development tool generation
* Slashes application specific processor and programmable accelerator hardware design time by months
* Eliminates months of engineer-effort for software tool development
* Ensures compatibility of instruction set simulator (ISS), software development tools and RTL implementation
* Software development environment enables application software development prior to silicon availability

CoWare® Processor Designer is an automated, application-specific embedded processor design and optimization environment that slashes months from processor hardware design time and engineer-month from the creation of application processor-specific software development tools. Processor Designer's high degree of automation enables design teams to focus on architecture exploration and application-specific processor development, rather than on consistency checking and verification of individual tools.

Processor Designer dramatically accelerates the design of both custom processors and programmable accelerators, including the application-specific instruction set processors (ASIPs) that are increasingly essential to convergent system-on-chip (SoC) functionality. Processor Designer is used to develop a wide range of processor architectures, including architectures with DSP-specific and RISC-specific features as well as SIMD and VLIW architectures.

Processor Designer's generated software development environment enables the commencement of application software development prior to silicon availability, thus eradicating a common bottleneck in embedded system development.

The key to Processor Designer's automation is its Language for Instruction Set Architectures, LISA 2.0. In contrast to SystemC, which has been developed for efficient specification of systems, LISA 2.0 is a processor description language that incorporates all necessary processor-specific components such as register files, pipelines, pins, memory and caches, and instructions. It enables the efficient creation of a single "golden" processor specification as the source for the automatic generation of the instruction set simulator (ISS) and the complete suite of software development tools, like Assembler, Linker, Archiver and C-Compiler, and synthesizable RTL code. The development tools, together with the extensive profiling capabilities of the debugger, enable rapid analysis and exploration of the application-specific processor's instruction set architecture to determine the optimal instruction set for the target application domain. Processor Designer enables the designer to optimize instruction set design, processor micro-architecture and memory sub-systems, including caches.

Processor Designer's use of a single high-level processor specification ensures the consistency of the ISS, software development tools and RTL implementation, eliminating the verification and debug effort necessitated by multiple, independently-created models.

Operating at a high level of abstraction, Processor Designer not only eliminates the time and cost inherent in HDL-based processor design and manual tool development, but also enables hardware and software designers to customize the instruction set to their needs.

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