Q: Hi, Deirdre. To begin with, tell us about the Arm-Synopsys relationship.
Arm and Synopsys have been collaborating for more than 25 years to enable design solutions for our mutual customers across the entire design flow. This includes optimized implementation, design & verification, system validation and software design, and HW/SW integration, and lately even software security/quality.
A significant early collaboration was our work in 1997 to create Arm’s first synthesizable cores, the ARM7-S and ARM9-S, and immediately after that, implementation flows to reliably implement those cores with excellent performance, power, and area (PPA). Since that time, Synopsys has collaborated with Arm to build QuickStart Implementation Kits (QIKs) for leading-edge Arm processors, and we make these available for customer download through SolvNet.
As Synopsys’ executive sponsor for Arm, I’m fortunate to oversee these collaborative activities. I also have a dedicated customer engagement team focused on Arm cores, with many years of Arm processor implementation expertise. This team works closely with Arm designers during processor development to create the QIKs and support Arm core early adopters.