NoC startup offers free trial of configuration tool

NoC startup offers free trial of configuration tool

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By Nick Flaherty

US startup SignatureIP is offering a free trial of its configuration tool for network on chip (NoC) on a system on chip (SoC) design.

The iNoCulator configuration tool is the fastest on the market sa,ys SignatureIP. A NoC is used to provide the interconnect infrastructure between the key processing elements in a chip which can be a complex, time-consuming task.

SignatureIP’s new tool enables users to rapidly find the optimal NoC configuration to reduce costs and speed up time to market, and the company believes that it is the fastest on the market due to innovative and intelligent algorithms.

The NoC technology is dominated by Arteris which started in France but has had a chequered history, and SignatureIP is offering different ways for a wider range of chip designers to use the tool. iNoCulator is processor agnostic so that it can be used with, for example, ARM or RISC-V processors and can connect many other on-chip IP blocks such as PCIe, CXL, and AI acceleration.

A key part of the ease of use is that SignatureIP has built in intelligent algorithms to automate and speed up many of the processes involved in scenario building that would have otherwise required manual configuration.

The tool supports non-coherent NoCs and can be configured as ring, mesh, concentrated mesh or torus topologies. It also has support for popular interface protocols (AXI, AHB, APB, SRAM) and multiple bus widths. The multiple clocking schemes include GALS, and the power control has power island generation and UPF output. It creates a layered, scalable physically-aware network.

“This try before you buy offer will enable engineers to see for themselves just how easy it is to design a NoC with our tool and hence our tagline of NoC in a SNAP,” said Purna Mohanty, CEO of SignatureIP.

“Our whole philosophy is to empower the engineer to quickly experiment with different configurations of the SoC architecture and then simulate them in real time to measure throughput and latency so that they can optimise the design at the top level. Thus, the System Architect sets the target Power, Performance, Areas and Timings into iNoCulator, and it creates possible topologies that can be easily and quickly tweaked to find the optimal solution. It really is a case of tell the tool what you want, and it does all the hard routine work that used to take skilled engineers a long time.”

The company also offers an annual subscription that can be used for the interactive architectural exploration of any number of designs. It provides full access to all aspects of the tool and enables downloading the RTL of the final design for a fee per design download.

At all stages, and especially during the initial trial, SignatureIP provides extensive support to help customers understand the full range of available features that enables the creation of an optimised NoC.

iNoCulator enables interactive whiteboard editing of the NoC topology through connection of initiators, routers and endpoints, and easy configuration. It supports on-the-fly instant simulation of bandwidth and latency, and estimation of power and area. iNoCulator provides pushbutton RTL generation with targets to an SoC design flow or to an FPGA emulation flow.

“This enables the tool to automatically try many different NoC layouts to find the ones that best suit to parameters set at the start,” added Mohanty. “This not only speeds up what used to be a complex and slow process with a lot of human inputs to optimise, resulting in a faster time to market and revenue, but also reduces risk. We believe that this makes iNoCulator the fastest NoC configuration tool on the market at the moment.”

SignatureIP was founded in 2021 in Milpitas, California to develop advanced Network-on-Chip (NoC) technology for full platform SoC designs.








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