Carbon Extends IP Exchange to Include Virtual Reference Platforms

Enables Designer Productivity Within Minutes of Download

Carbon Design Systems™, the leading supplier of virtual platform and secure model solutions, today announced immediate availability of virtual reference platforms on its Carbon IP Exchange Web Portal, found at

"Carbon's virtual reference platforms have been used successfully by multiple designers to quickly get up and running," remarks Bill Neifert, chief technology officer at Carbon.

Available for many of the most popular virtual models, including the ARM® Cortex™ A15, ARM Cortex A9, ARM Cortex R4 and MIPS® 34Kc, they contain models, software and configuration information to enable a designer to be productive in minutes. Some designers use these platforms for debugging firmware and for doing performance optimization within minutes. Others use a virtual reference platform as a starting point to eliminate the traditional learning curve associated with using new intellectual property (IP).

Processor models are combined with peripheral models, such as the ARM PL301 and ARM PL190, to form a reference implementation used as a starting point for further platform creation or as a standalone design environment. Software is included with each platform to configure the processor and peripherals and to execute a sample program.


Carbon virtual reference platforms are available today for ARM Cortex A15, ARM Cortex A9, ARM Cortex A8, ARM Cortex R4, ARM Cortex M4, ARM Cortex M3, ARM Cortex M0, ARM 1176, ARM 1136, ARM 968, ARM 946, ARM 926, ARM 7TDMIS, MIPS 34Kc, MIPS M14Kc and MIPS M14K. Additional reference platforms are being added regularly.

For the complete list, visit Carbon IP Exchange, found at: Carbon virtual reference platforms are available to Carbon SoCDesigner Plus users at no charge.

About Carbon Design Systems

Carbon offers the industry's only unified virtual platform solution along with the leading solution for accurate IP model creation. Carbon virtual platforms can execute at 100s of MIPS and with 100% accuracy to enable application software development, detailed architectural analysis and secure IP model distribution. Carbon's solutions are based on open industry standards, including SystemC, IP-XACT, Verilog, VHDL, OSCI TLM, MDI, CASI, CADI and CAPI. Carbon's customers are systems, semiconductor, and IP companies that focus on wireless, networking, and consumer electronics. Carbon is headquartered at 125 Nagog Park, Acton, Mass., 01720. Telephone: (978) 264-7300. Facsimile: (978) 264-9990. Email: Website: