UltraSoC delivers first Universal Debug IP to PMC-Sierra

UltraSoC CEO Dr Karl Heeks
UltraSoC CEO Dr Karl Heeks

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, 13th May 2013.

UltraSoC announced today that it is working with PMC-Sierra to incorporate its innovative silicon IP technology into PMC’s next generation of storage controllers. This development program, which is expected to lead to PMC taking a licence, incorporates UltraSoC’s library of advanced, feature-rich debug IP at the leading edge of embedded systems for PMC. UltraSoC’s UltraDebug® product provides a system-level capability for multiple heterogeneous processor cores, including graphics cores and custom accelerators, and enables early detection of software and hardware bugs as well as other important optimisation capabilities for memory interfaces and system fabrics.

The technology, which is anticipated to be rolled out in chips in the latter part of 2013, and the imminent silicon validation of UltraDebug® on an advanced process node, will represent a significant milestone in the company’s development, enabling new licensees a high level of confidence in the adoption of a universal debug solution.

UltraSoC’s CEO, Karl Heeks said, "As future generations of complex SoCs deliver ever more sophisticated electronic products it will be necessary to integrate increasing amounts of heterogeneous multicore processors. In order to effectively debug these systems it will be hugely beneficial to have a flexible and scalable solution provided by an independent company, as an alternative to current in-house solutions or existing debug technologies that are linked to a single architecture."

VP of Product Development for PMC’s Enterprise Storage Division, Salman Ghufran said, “Analyzing complex hardware and software interactions in high-end SoCs requires insight into what is happening through the entire device. PMC partnered with UltraSoC because we recognized that their unique monitoring and debug infrastructure would give us the needed visibility to both enhance our device operation and accelerate our time to market for our customers.”

UltraSoC, which is backed by Octopus, is pioneering advanced debugging technology for the embedded systems increasingly used in everyday products from cars to mobile phones. The company is developing a universal debug, UltraDebug®, that will support any silicon IP from any semiconductor vendor and which will facilitate the increasingly complex system-on-chips (SoCs) that are required to provide the functionality and performance of sophisticated electronic products.

About UltraSoC Technologies

UltraSoC Technologies is a VC-backed independent provider of SoC infrastructure to enable rapid development of embedded systems based on advanced SoC devices headquartered in Cambridge. For more information please visitwww.ultrasoc.com or contact Dr Karl Heeks on 01223 422133.

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