Prototyping Kit speeds ARM1176 development time.

Press Release Summary:



Used prior to completion of ARM1176, kit lets developers evaluate functional logic and driver in order to improve performance of customer-developed SoC. Evaluation board is equipped with 90 nm platform chip incorporating 4 ARM® cores: 2 x ARM1176JZF-S, 1 x ARM926EJ-S, 1 x ARM946E-S. Kit also includes FPGA (with reference design), sample program, and logical simulation model. External AXI bus performance enables logic verification under conditions closely resembling resulting SoC.



Original Press Release:



Fujitsu Launches ARM1176 Prototyping Kit



Significantly reduces SoC development time by around 50%

Langen, Germany, 15th July 2008 - Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) announced the launch of an ARM1176 prototyping kit, designed to shorten the development time for customers using its ASIC and COT services to develop SoCs that include the ARM1176JZF-S(TM), ARM926EJ-S(TM), or ARM946E-S(TM) processor cores.

The new prototyping kit consists of an evaluation board equipped with a 90nm platform chip incorporating four ARM® cores: 2 x ARM1176JZF-S, 1 x ARM926EJ-S and 1 x ARM946E-S. The board also includes an FPGA (with a reference design) for loading user logic and for evaluation.

In addition, the kit includes a sample program, a logical simulation model and the user manual. A dummy module (including the bus structure) is installed in the FPGA reference design, allowing customers to develop their SoC with the ARM1176JZF-S simply by replacing it with their own module.

Therefore, prior to completion of the ARM1176, it is possible to evaluate the developed functional user logic and the driver, in order to improve the speed performance of the customer developed SoC, resulting in a faster design process.

With digital audio-visual equipment continuing to integrate more features and greater functionality, embedded SoCs are becoming larger and more complicated. This trend heightens the importance of, and need for, more streamlined development cycles.

To shorten development lead times for SoCs used in equipment that processes still or moving images - such as digital still cameras, digital camcorders, and mobile phones - in addition to logic simulation, it is essential to execute verification in an environment that resembles as closely as possible the fully-developed SoC. Fujitsu's new prototyping kit for the ARM1176JZF-S makes this possible, thereby enabling 'first-shot full operation' of engineering samples and further shortening of the development lead time.

Key Features:

Verification can be performed in near real conditions

Performance of the external AXI bus - which connects the evaluation device for ARM processors on the evaluation board with the FPGA loaded with the customer's logic circuit - was improved by a range of from 8 times to up to 16 times (comparison by Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited) compared to previously available products. This makes it possible for customers to verify their own logic under conditions that closely resemble the resulting SoC. Due to the fact that SoCs for still images or video processing take a considerable amount of time to verify using logic simulation, practical testing that resembles the actual SoC environment can shorten the development lead time.

FPGA reference design helps shorten device development lead time

Because the FPGA reference design includes dummy modules that comply with ARM's industry-standard advanced microcontroller bus architecture (AMBA) customers can simply switch the dummy modules with their own modules to easily build a prototype design of a SoC based on the ARM1176JZF-S.

Using this FPGA, customers can verify their custom logic and develop device drivers before the SoC has been fabricated, thereby reducing the development lead time. The evaluation board is compatible with the HapsTrak specification of the prototyping board from Synplicity, with an expandable FPGA domain.

Key Specifications of the ARM1176 Prototyping Kit

Evaluation Board
Device
ARM processors evaluation device and FPGA

External Bus
64-bit External AXI (*1) (DDR, max. 100MHz)

Memory
Flash memory 32MB
Mobile DDR SDRAM 128MB

External Interface
Ethernet, UART, ICE

Device used to evaluate ARM processor

Multi-core processor
ARM1176JZF-S (max. 500MHz), ARM926EJ-S (max. 400MHz), ARM946E-S (max. 400MHz)

Process technology
CMOS 90nm

low power-consumption process

Package
FCBGA (*2) 1156 (35 x 35mm)

Power consumption
1.2 W (ARM1176JZF-S: operating at 500MHz, typ.)

Other
FPGA reference design, sample program, simulation model, user's manual

*1: AXI: Advanced eXtensible Interface. A high-speed bus conforming to ARM's AMBA 3.0 specification. Used as processor bus for ARM1176JZF-S

*2: FCBGA: A multi-pin package that includes flip-chip bonding technologies.

Availability

The new ARM1176 prototyping kit will be available from July 2008. A prototyping kit for customers developing SoCs using the ARM926EJ-S and ARM946E-S processor cores is already available.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers, graphics controllers, mixed-signal, wireless, multimedia ICs and ASIC products work closely with FME's marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers' system development requirements. This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and building blocks.

For more information, please see: http://emea.fujitsu.com/microelectronics

ARM and ARM Limited, ARM1176JZF-S, ARM926EJ-S, ARM946E-S and AMBA are registered trademarks or trademarks of ARM Limited. HapsTrak is the trademark of Synplicity, Inc.

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