Green Hills backs early access to ARM 64bit cores for real time designs
With this support, engineering teams get a risk-reducing early start on their next-generation of high-performance/low-power product designs in automotive, mobile devices, networking infrastructure, industrial, Mil/Aero and the Internet of Things (IoT) based on the A50 family of cores.
The 64bit enabled solutions for the new ARMv8-A architecture work with the ARM Fast Model virtual platform and consists of a version of INTEGRITY that uses elements of the A53 and a57 cores.
The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM’s most advanced high-performance processor, while the Cortex-A53 processor is the world’s smallest 64-bit processor and ARM’s most advanced high-efficiency processor. The Cortex-A50 processor series delivers the power of 64-bit processing with advancements in hardware virtualization and TrustZone security, an improved instruction set architecture and 100% 32-bit application compatibility to enable the next wave of embedded device functionality which is fully compatible with the existing ARM software base.
“ARM is committed to creating a rich, diverse ecosystem to enable the ARMv8-A based architecture to proliferate across a broad set of applications and markets,” said Hobson Bullman, general manager of development solutions, ARM. “We are pleased to be working closely together with Green Hills on important early engagements with lead silicon partners and mutual customers using the combination of the ARM Fast Model virtual platform technology and the extensive suite of Green Hills software products.”
“Software development cycles for embedded systems can be delayed waiting for expensive, changing early development hardware,” said David Kleidermacher, chief technology officer at Green Hills Software. “Our customers benefit – in both time and resources – by performing their architecture studies and algorithm evaluations in a rich C/C+ development environment with the INTEGRITY RTOS running on a fully-validated simulator. This kind of high-quality early development and testing before silicon availability reduces schedule risk significantly.”
This follows GHS support for virtualization in the MIPS M51xx microcontroller core and ARM’s Cortex-R which is also based on the same V8 64bit architecture.