First universal multicore debug IP delivered to PMC-Sierra
The development program, which is expected to lead to PMC taking a license to the IP, incorporates UltraSoC’s library of debug IP at the leading edge of embedded systems at PMC.
UltraDebug provides a system-level capability for multiple heterogeneous processor cores, including graphics cores and custom accelerators, and enables early detection of software and hardware bugs as well as other important optimization capabilities for memory interfaces and system fabrics. The aim is to support any silicon IP from any semiconductor vendor.
The technology, which is anticipated to be rolled out in chips in the latter part of 2013, and the imminent silicon validation of UltraDebug on an advanced process node, will represent a significant milestone in the Company’s development enabling new licensees a high level of confidence in the adoption of a universal debug solution.
"As future generations of complex SoC’s deliver ever more sophisticated electronic products it will be necessary to integrate increasing amounts of heterogeneous multicore processors," said UltraSoC’s CEO, Karl Heeks. "In order to effectively debug these systems it will be hugely beneficial to have a flexible and scalable solution provided by an independent company as an alternative to current in-house solutions or existing debug technologies that are linked to a single architecture.’
“Analyzing complex hardware and software interactions in high-end SoCs requires insight into what is happening through the entire device," said Salman Ghufran, VP of Product Development for PMC’s Enterprise Storage Division. "PMC partnered with UltraSoC because we recognized that their unique monitoring and debug infrastructure would give us the needed visibility to both enhance our device operation and accelerate our time to market for our customers.”
The company is backed by venture capita fund Octopus Investments and is developing advanced debugging technology for the embedded systems increasingly used in everyday products from cars to mobile phones. Matthew Trowbridge, former head of Hitachi Europe, is the non-executive chairman.