DesignWare ARC Simulation Tools 


Advances in co-design and simulation have created more opportunities for first-pass success because now developers can simulate the entire system on a host PC prior to tape-out. Synopsys offers a variety of simulation products encompassing the entire scope from automatically generated cycle accurate simulators to fast, functional instruction set simulators. To enable SW development in a full system-on-chip (SoC) context, Synopsys provides a methodology package that allows virtualization of the software visible SoC components, such as peripheral registers, memories and interrupts.

Although simulation is a proven tool for decreasing time-to-market, it is important to match one's needs with the strengths of the various simulation technologies available. Synopsys offers a broad suite of simulation products that enable hardware / software co-design prior to silicon being available. Each product differs in its intended use model, speed, accuracy, and debug views.

  • Set hardware watchpoints on memory and registers
  • Specify memory size and location
  • Stop execution on loads of a value
  • Trace instructions
  • View the most recently executed instructions


  • Products
  • ARC nSIM
  • Instruction accurate processor model for the DesignWare ARC processorsmore

Complete and accurate hardware/software interface model of the ARC processors guarantees binary compatibility of product code between simulation platform and hardware

Automatically provides 100% cycle-accurate models that reflect SoC designers’ specific hardware configurations of ARC processors

The HS38 VDK, included with ARC nSIM Pro simulator, enables early software development on ARC Linux, ahead of hardware availability

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