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In the world of application-specific processor design, architects require highly automated software development tools to efficiently architect their design. To aid architects in their design challenges, Synopsys and ACE Associated Compiler Experts have extended their multi-year collaboration to integrate ACE's optimized compiler technology with Synopsys' Processor Designer product line. The system Synopsys is licensing is ACE's complete CoSy advanced compiler development system. CoSy represents hundreds of years of combined compiler expertise, spanning a wide range of processor architectures including RISC, DSP, and VLIW. ACE's dedicated compiler experts will be working alongside Synopsys' application experts in projects that require the joint optimization of embedded processor architectures and the associated compiler. Together, they expect to deliver the most optimized solution to meet power and performance goals for engineers developing today's heavy duty application-specific processors.
Synopsys Processor Designer accelerates the design and verification of application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) for embedded applications. ASIPs are deployed whenever power and/or performance requirements cannot be met by existing processor IP, while programmability is still required. In many cases ASIP designs require C-compiler support to enhance programming efficiency. In these cases only the optimum combination of processor architecture and the associated compiler ensures the achievement of power and performance targets. Starting from a processor description in LISA (Language for Instruction Set Architectures), Processor Designer automatically generates the RTL as well as the software tools such as instruction-set simulator (ISS), linker, assembler, debugger and compiler. By licensing ACE's compiler development system and integrating it with Processor Designer, design engineers can automatically generate a C-compiler that deploys the dedicated optimization engines provided with the CoSy technology.
Processor Designer tool set and CoSy highlights:
Mapping Instructions in Compiler Designer