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Carbon Design Systems Showcases System Solutions with New Web Portal

ACTON, MASS. –– September 23, 2014 –– Carbon Design Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of accurate virtual prototype solutions, today announced general availability of Carbon System Exchange, a web portal enabling greater designer productivity faster with pre-built virtual prototype systems. 

Carbon System Exchange simplifies access to Carbon Performance Analysis Kits (CPAKs), pre-built systems or subsystems with software at the bare metal or operating system (O/S) level. The new web portal found at features software, intellectual property (IP) and systems solutions from numerous providers, including ARM, Arteris, Breker Verification Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Kozio, NetSpeed Systems and Open-Silicon.

“CPAKs have accelerated the time to productivity with virtual prototypes and are a huge success,” comments Rick Lucier, Carbon’s president and chief executive officer (CEO).  “Carbon System Exchange is dedicated to making CPAKs more readily available, while enabling our ecosystem partners to take advantage of the portal to easily deploy their software, IP and systems solutions.”

Enabling a Virtual Prototype Systems Ecosystem

The biggest challenge in design and optimization is the ability to run realistic software and system traffic with accuracy and speed. With Carbon System Exchange, users can search by selecting and specifying the combination of IP and software they want in a virtual prototype. The list of matching CPAKs is presented for further refinement or download and users can request CPAK customization to more closely match their design requirements.

Users can optimize the system using multiple benchmarks for performance exploration, combining realistic system traffic to understand cache statistics, memory throughput and latency, and validate assumptions made during the design process under various workloads.

CPAKs can be customized by using Carbon’s SoCDesigner Plus virtual prototype solution in conjunction with models from Carbon IP Exchange, user register transfer level (RTL) code compiled using Carbon Model Studio or custom models written in SystemC or C/C++.

Availability and Pricing

Carbon System Exchange is open and operational now to registered users. Pricing is available upon request.

The Carbon System Exchange web portal is available at:

Carbon Design Systems at ARM Techcon

Carbon Design Systems will exhibit at ARM TechCon, Booth #421. The ARM TechCon exhibits will be open Wednesday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

The ARM Techcon website can be found at:   

About Carbon Design Systems

Carbon Design Systems solutions enable virtual prototype productivity within minutes of download. Carbon virtual prototypes can execute at hundreds of MIPS and with 100% accuracy to enable software optimization and performance analysis as well as firmware and driver development. Carbon’s customers are systems, semiconductor, and IP companies that focus on wireless, networking, and consumer electronics. Carbon investors include Samsung Venture Investment Corporation and ARM Holdings. Carbon is headquartered at 125 Nagog Park, Acton, Mass., 01720. Telephone: (978) 264-7300. Facsimile: (978) 264-9990. Email: Website:

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