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Virtual models for Imagination’s Catapult RISC-V core

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By Nick Flaherty


Imperas in the UK has developed virtual models for the RISC-V processor cores developed by Imagination Technologies.

The reference model for the IMG RTXM-2200 family is available on request to lead customers for real-time embedded applications in next generation domain-specific SoCs

The RTXM-2200 is the first core from Imagination’s RISC-V Catapult range. It is a highly scalable real-time, deterministic, 32-bit embedded CPU for chips for cellular base stations, networking, packet management, and storage controllers. It can also be used as a helper core in complex SoCs.

Imagination’s RISC-V cores

Instruction Accurate (IA) processor models offer a programmer’s view of the hardware that allows software development to start many months before actual hardware implementations are available. This allows the software development starts much earlier than anticipated on the original project timeline chart.

ARM has developed similar virtual models for certain cores to boost the early development of software for chips for the Internet of Things and edge AI, areas that Imagination’s customers are also targetting.

The Imperas simulation technology and tools help with all of the key software phases of an SoC project, from early software development right through to end users that can use the Imperas Fixed Platform Kits (FPK) as a replacement for the traditional development boards. FPK’s are pre-configured platform models with a binary deliverable that is easy to install.

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“The pace of innovation in markets such as the latest 5G communication networks and infrastructure offers many opportunities for new domain-specific SoC solutions,” said Chris Porthouse, Chief Product Officer at Imagination Technologies.

“As a leading supplier of silicon IP, we fully appreciate the role of the ecosystem in supporting our lead customers in delivering new devices to market. We are pleased Imperas have now released the first Catapult RISC-V CPU Imperas reference model for the IMG RTXM-2200, which provides our mutual customers a proven path to accelerate projects to market.”

“Software development has a profound impact on schedules, not just as a factor in getting new devices to market but now also how the end systems are designed and developed around these new SoCs,” said Simon Davidmann, CEO at Imperas Software. “Imagination has the vision and insight to help smooth the transitional phases of early design, implementation, and go-to-market support at the end users, and we are excited that Imperas is part of the supporting ecosystem for the new Imagination Catapult RISC-V CPU, the IMG RTXM-2200.”

Imperas reference models can be integrated with most industry-standard software IDEs and debuggers, and are available from Imperas and approved Imperas EDA distribution partners.

Imperas is also providing tools for the emerging RISC-V cores from MIPS. 

www.imgtec.com; www.imperas.com


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