CoWare Announces Software Development Solution for ARM Cortex-A5 and ARM Cortex-M4 Processor-Based Designs

Integration of Cortex-A5 and Cortex-M4 Fast Models from ARM enables joint customers developing mobile, consumer and automotive applications to improve software developer’s productivity, reduce costs and accelerate time-to-market

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 17, 2010 — CoWare®, Inc., the leading supplier of Electronic System Virtualization™ (ESV) software and services, today announced support for Fast Models from ARM for Cortex™-A5 and Cortex-M4 processor IP in CoWare’s SystemC-based software development solution. Customers around the world have already successfully deployed CoWare virtual platforms using Fast Models from ARM. The CoWare software development solutions already include support for Fast Models from ARM for the Cortex-A9, Cortex-A8, Cortex-R4 and Cortex-M3 processors.

The ARM® Cortex Instruction-Accurate Model Integration Library from CoWare adds support for Fast Models from ARM for Cortex-A5 and Cortex-M4 processors. This enhanced offering enables CoWare to further address the IP needs for its customers in mobile, consumer and automotive markets. Applications in these markets typically require multicore designs. Software developers using the CoWare Virtual Platform solution for Cortex-A5 and Cortex-M4 processors have the benefit of debug synchronization along with debug and analysis visibility across the entire system. These unique capabilities, combined with the reproducibility and predictability of software behavior using virtual platforms, boost productivity of software development on multicore designs. Customers have been reporting 5X reduction in software development time using the CoWare Virtual Platform solution with the Fast Models from ARM.

“This collaboration between ARM and CoWare enables our customers to build ultra-fast Virtual Platforms using the Fast Models from ARM with the design environment of their choice,” said Vincent Korstanje, director of technical marketing, System Design Division, ARM. “These models are developed as part of the ARM processors validation process and set an unrivalled standard of instruction accuracy, which ensures software developed on these Virtual Platforms will function correctly on the actual silicon.”

“Many of our customers in the mobile, consumer and automotive space are working on leading-edge multicore designs based on ARM processors,” said Tom De Schutter, senior marketing manager, IP models at CoWare. “The availability of fast, instruction-accurate models for ARM’s latest Cortex processors in CoWare’s software development solution enables our customers to stay ahead of their competition and reduce costs while at the same time accelerating their time-to-market.”


The ARM Cortex IA Model Integration Library to enable usage of Cortex-A5, Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9, Cortex-R4, Cortex M3 and Cortex-M4 Fast Models from ARM in CoWare Virtual Platform and CoWare Platform Architect is available from CoWare now.

Learn more about CoWare’s ARM Solution at the “Designing with ARM” virtual conference to be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010. To register for this event, click here.

About CoWare

CoWare is the leading global supplier of Electronic System Virtualization™ software and services. IP, semiconductor, and electronics companies use CoWare virtualization solutions to design better processor- and software-intensive products faster. CoWare solutions solve the new design challenges associated with platform architecture design, platform verification, application sub-system design, processor design, DSP algorithm design, and software development, and are based on open industry standards including SystemC. These solutions also enable IP and semiconductor companies to implement more effective go-to-market strategies. CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world. For more information about CoWare and its products and services visit

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