Synopsys ARC IoT Development Kit accelerates software development for sensor fusion, voice recognition

Synopsys Inc. announced on Monday DesignWare ARC IoT Development Kit to accelerate software development and debug of ARC processor-based system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

The ARC IoT Development Kit includes a silicon implementation of the ARC Data Fusion IP Subsystem as well as a rich set of peripherals commonly used in IoT designs such as USB, I3C and PWM. The Development Kit is supported by Synopsys’ MetaWare Development ToolKit, which includes a compiler, debugger and libraries optimized for maximum performance with minimal code size.

In addition, the embARC Open Software Platform gives developers online access to device drivers, application examples and a suite of free and open-source software that enables them to speed software development for their ARC-based embedded systems.

The ARC IoT Development Kit includes an ASIC implementation of the DesignWare ARC Data Fusion IP Subsystem running at 150MHz on SMIC’s 55-nm, ultra-low power process. The ASIC also integrates a wide range of common peripheral interfaces including USB, UART, SPI, I2C, I3C, RTC, PWM and SDIO to enable designers to use the same hardware and drivers in the final SoC implementation, reducing the development effort.

The Development Kit has an on-board Bluetooth low-energy module for connecting to wireless networks and a 9-Axis (gyro, accelerometer and compass) sensor for developing wearable and other IoT applications. The ARC IoT Development Kit is extensible through the available Arduino, mikroBus and Pmod connectors.

The broad DesignWare IP portfolio includes logic libraries, embedded memories, embedded test, analog IP, wired and wireless interface IP, security IP, embedded processors and subsystems. To accelerate prototyping, software development and integration of IP into SoCs, Synopsys’ IP Accelerated initiative offers IP prototyping kits, IP software development kits and IP subsystems.

Synopsys’ extensive investment in IP quality, comprehensive technical support and robust IP development methodology enables designers to reduce integration risk and accelerate time-to-market.

The ARC IoT Development Kit is supported by a robust ecosystem of development tools and software including the MetaWare Development Toolkit, which enables the development and debugging of highly optimized, high-density code. In addition, Synopsys’ embARC Open Software Platform gives software developers online access to a comprehensive suite of free and open-source software such as device drivers, FreeRTOS IoT middleware and application examples that ease the development of code for IoT applications.

The software in the embARC Open Software Platform includes protocols used in IoT devices and networking stacks such as lwip and commonly used security protocols including MatrixSSL, WolfSSL and TinyDTLS. The latest version of embARC Open Software Platform also supports the OpenThread protocol, an open-source implementation of the Thread networking protocol released by Nest Labs.

“With embedded software development consuming a significant portion of the design process, having an integrated hardware and software solution is key to helping teams speed the SoC development process and meet crucial project schedules,” said John Koeter, Vice President of Marketing for IP at Synopsys. “Synopsys’ ARC IoT Development Kit provides software engineers with a silicon-proven platform that integrates all the necessary hardware and software to help them accelerate the development of their ARC processor-based SoCs for the Internet of Things.”

“The ability to start software development early in the design process is critical for companies to achieve their time to market,” said Larry Lee, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Brite Semiconductor. “By providing a complete hardware and software IoT Development Kit that is anchored by the ARC Data Fusion IP Subsystem, Synopsys enables developers to rapidly prototype software and speed development of future ARC-based SoC designs.”


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