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Virtual Platform Streamlines Software Development

Feb. 29, 2012

Cadence Design Systems’ virtual platform for the Xilinx Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) is now available as a production release. Designed to streamline the embedded software development process, the virtual platform enables simultaneous development of hardware and software before hardware availability.

This pre-verified model of a Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP is based on the Cadence Virtual System Platform technology. A component of the Cadence System Development Suite, the Cadence Virtual System Platform features tightly integrated hardware and software debugging (including multi-core debug support), mixed domain simulation and acceleration, and the ability to automatically build new model TLM 2.0 register interfaces with error-checking, test generation, and documentation from an IP-XACT description.

In addition to mirroring the EPP hardware, the virtual platform can be extended using transaction-level modeling (TLM) to support custom devices that will ultimately be instantiated within the Zynq-7000 device’s programmable logic.

The Zynq-7000 family is Xilinx's first EPP. This new class of product combines an industry-standard ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system with Xilinx 28-nm unified programmable logic architecture.

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