Collaboration to enhance multicore development

26th June 2018
Alex Lynn

It has been announced that UltraSoC and Imperas are embarking on a wide ranging partnership that will aim to provide developers of multicore Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) with a powerful combination of embedded analytics and virtual platform technologies. 

Under the terms of the agreement, UltraSoC will incorporate key elements of Imperas’ development environment into its tools offering, giving designers a unified system level pre and post silicon development flow, reducing time-to-revenue and overall development costs.

UltraSoC delivers independent on-chip monitoring, analytics and debug technology, via a combination of semiconductor IP and associated software, while Imperas’ virtual platforms approach allows software developers to start work at the earliest possible stage in an SoC project, and provides debug tools that give full visibility of the behaviour of the whole system. Combining the two companies’ offerings creates a powerful integrated design flow with a common software debug environment that gives a smooth transition as a project develops.

The new combined offering from the companies will support all common CPU architectures, including the fast growing open standard RISC-V ISA. UltraSoC and Imperas will share a platform at the RISC-V Foundation Pavilion (Booth 2638) at the 55th Design Automation Conference (DAC), in San Francisco from 24th to 28th June. 

Rupert Baines, CEO of UltraSoC, stated: “Working with Imperas allows us to offer multicore designers a commercial grade, time saving and ultimately cost effective platform to develop and launch industry leading SoC designs. RISC-V, Arm, whatever the designer’s choice, we provide a complete and optimised solution. Together, UltraSoC and Imperas can provide a unique solution to the issues of complexity, scale and quality faced by the semiconductor industry. Today’s announcement is a first step in realising that shared world view of solving the challenge of systemic complexity.”

Simon Davidmann, Founder and CEO of Imperas added: “UltraSoC offers unique embedded analytics technology, giving developers invaluable insights into the SoC and wider system implications. We are delighted to be working together with a common debug environment that supports both hardware and simulation. The combination of Imperas tools and UltraSoC intelligent analytics will offer developers the best integrated environment for multicore processor designs.”

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