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7 June 2004

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Synopsys and ARM Collaborate to Accelerate AMBA AXI Adoption with DesignWare Verification IP

Synopsys, Inc. and ARM announced that the two companies are collaborating to deliver AMBAT AXI verification intellectual property (IP) through Synopsys' DesignWare® Library and DesignWare Verification Library. Synopsys and ARM will develop the AMBA AXI verification IP and make it available for no additional charge to the more than 25,000 design and verification engineers who currently use DesignWare Library products. AMBA AXI technology-based DesignWare Verification IP combines the ARM® eXtensible Verification Component (XVC) methodology with Synopsys' experience of developing and delivering verification IP, to offer ARM technology-certified AMBA AXI verification IP.

AMBA AXI technology is a next-generation on-chip interface that enables the easy creation of efficient, high frequency designs, which maximize the use of interconnect resources leading to very high data-throughput. AMBA AXI technology supports multi-layer interconnect designs and provides 1.6GBytes/s per layer data-throughput at 200MHz. These designs will require a combination of the new AMBA AXI interface specification and external industry-standard interfaces like USB 2.0 and PCI Express technology. With this addition, DesignWare Library products will provide engineers with a complete AMBA AXI verification environment for AMBA AXI interface-based SoCs, reducing their time-to-market and helping to ensure right-first-time designs of advanced, high-performance core-based SoCs.

Synopsys DesignWare Verification IP can help designers save a substantial amount of testbench development effort. It further enables verification engineers to move toward higher-level testbench functionality with built-in support for coverage-driven constrained-random test verification including features expected to be published in the SystemVerilog Verification Methodology Manual, jointly created by ARM and Synopsys.

Multiple companies have been using the AMBA AXI technology-based DesignWare Verification IP on their production high-performance designs. By relying on DesignWare Verification IP, these design teams have been able to focus on verifying their designs in the context of the interfaces, instead of debugging both designs and models. As part of an overall verification methodology that leverages the Vera® testbench automation tool, the Reference Verification Methodology and DesignWare VIP, Synopsys' DiscoveryT Verification Platform customers using this combination of tools and verification IP have greatly improved their productivity.

Pricing and Availability

The AMBA AXI technology-based DesignWare Verification IP is currently in use by early adopters and is planned to be generally available in calendar Q4 2004 and will be included in the DesignWare Library and DesignWare Verification Library products. Customers who currently own a DesignWare Library or DesignWare Verification Library license will be able to use the new IP for no additional cost. DesignWare Library and DesignWare Verification Library (a subset of the DesignWare Library) are available on a subscription or perpetual license basis.

DesignWare Verification IP is fully functional in Vera, Verilog and VHDL verification environments and works with every major simulator. The DesignWare Verification Library includes: PCI-Express, PCI-X®, PCI, USB 1.1/2.0/On-the-Go, AMBA 2.0, AMBA AXI, 10/100/1G/10G Ethernet, I2C, Serial I/O, over 10,000 memory models and Star IP Processor and DSP Cores. For a complete directory of Synopsys' IP visit:   For more information on DesignWare IP, visit:   or call 1-877-4BEST-IP

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at


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