Cadence Accelerates Development of Mobile, Automotive and Large-Scale Systems with Helium Virtual and Hybrid Studio
Helium Virtual and Hybrid Studio enables high performance pre-silicon software validation in virtual and hybrid configurations for 5G, mobile, automotive, hyperscale and other markets
SAN JOSE, California, September 22, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) today announced the launch of Cadence® Helium™ Virtual and Hybrid Studio, a platform that accelerates the creation of virtual and hybrid prototypes of complex systems. Helium Studio enables early deployment of software for hardware-software co-verification and co-debugging, provides full platform assembly support, enables creation and debugging of virtual models, and offers a rich library of pre-built virtual models and hybrid adapters. Using the system, verifying with a virtual or hybrid model of the SoC is not only orders of magnitude faster than verifying with a pure RTL model, it allows early commissioning of the software before the RTL is released. available.
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Designed to natively integrate with Cadence verification engines, including Palladium™ Z2 enterprise emulation platform, the Protium™ X2 and Xcelium enterprise prototyping platform™ Logic Simulator, the new Helium Studio speeds up system development by verifying onboard software / firmware on purely virtual and hybrid configurations, even when the RTL is not ready.
Engineers creating next-generation designs, including for mobile, automotive, and large-scale computing applications, must validate the software on a pre-silicon platform to ensure design success and meet time to market. Marlet. Helium Studio enables designers to create high quality virtual and hybrid SoC models. Through native runtime software engine integration with Helium Studio, Palladium Z2 platform, and Protium X2 platform, Helium Studio provides software developers with a consistent debugging experience from virtual model to RTL. The Helium Studio includes:
Virtual studio: The system enables graphical interface based platform assembly for fast and correct platform creation, allowing early implementation of the software. Once the platform is assembled, the virtual studio can be used to run and debug the software stack and hardware design.
Hybrid studio: The system allows designers to quickly create hybrid configurations using a rich library of hybrid adapters, transactors, and intelligent memory that optimize communication channels for maximum throughput and are natively integrated into systems. Palladium and Protium platforms. New shifting technology allows users to hot-swap their software update from virtual to RTL, delivering high speed when needed and high accuracy on RTL engines when needed.
Virtual model library: The system offers a complete library of virtual models with the latest Arm® technology model portfolio, which includes support for Armv9-A, in which designers can access multiple benchmark and bootstrap virtual and hybrid platforms out of the box on the latest Linux and Android operating systems, thus speeding up the setup time for new platforms.
Debugging the embedded software: The system provides uniform and comprehensive multicore and multi-process debugging of embedded software, allowing designers to have better control and visibility over the software through the use of a single debugger that works with software running simultaneously on virtual platforms and RTL platforms. Native software engine integration with virtual and RTL execution engines enables synchronized hardware-software debugging.
“Validating embedded software alongside RTL and earlier in the development process is critical to ensuring the success of next-generation mobile, automotive and hyperscale SoC designs,” said Paul Cunningham, senior vice president and director General of the System & Verification group at Cadence. . “Our new Helium Studio takes advantage of our best verification engines, including the dynamic duo Palladium and Protium, to enable rapid software development and benchmarking for power and performance validation. This new system provides designers with a unified platform that globally accelerates verification throughput. “
The new Helium Virtual and Hybrid Studio is part of the larger full cadence verification workflow, which includes Palladium Z2 emulation, Protium X2 prototyping, Xcelium simulation, JasperGold® Formal verification platform and vManager™ Verification management platform. Cadence’s Complete Checkout Flow delivers the highest bug check throughput per dollar invested per planning day. Helium Studio and the complete verification workflow support the design of enterprise intelligent systems™ strategy, enabling system innovation. For more information, please visit www.cadence.com/go/HeliumStudio.
“The ability to boot a commercially available operating system and run performance tests for our latest GPUs and SoCs before silicon is available is critical to our first-pass success and time-to-use targets. on the market. By using Cadence Helium Virtual and Hybrid Studio, which is natively integrated with Palladium and Protium platforms, we are able to find and fix many software bugs and pre-silicon RTL. Helium Studio’s unique shifting technology allows us to hot-swap software execution from virtual to RTL dynamically, giving us the speed of software set-up and the accuracy of RTL in case of need. Helium Studio’s built-in software debugging capability allows co-debugging if running on software on a virtual kernel or an RTL kernel. “
-Narendra Konda, Senior Director of Hardware Engineering at NVIDIA
“Our team is always looking for new ways to shift our software development and debugging operations earlier so that we can keep up with the ever faster time to market for our 5G terminal solutions. Using the New Studio Virtual and Hybrid Cadence Helium, we were able to run physical layer verification for our 5G design and develop and debug our L2 / L3 layer protocol software code two months earlier than our previous designs. We found that Helium Studio is working 50 to 100 times faster in hybrid mode, allowing rapid iteration of software code.It natively integrates with the powerful capabilities of the Palladium system, allowing a smooth transition from virtual to hybrid to full RTL in the emulator for the hardware and software co-verification, which allows us to speed up our multi-month design schedules. “
-Qing Lin, Technical Director, Cygnus
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