ArchPro Design Automation has released its first product: MVSIM is billed as the world’s first electronic design automation (EDA) solution for verification of power managed designs. The product supports ARM Intelligent Energy Manager (IEM) technology. Today’s designers of multiple-voltage chips have to settle for verification of power management schemes after the silicon has been created. Bugs are often found in power management schemes after silicon is spun, causing time and cost-consuming revisions to silicon, system and software. ArchPro’s MVSIM product for the first time changes this paradigm to enable verification prior to silicon spins. Power management isn’t as simple as clock gating anymore.
Designers often resort to multiple voltage islands (MVIs) and power gating to control power. All the decisions related to voltage scaling are done at the architectural level.
ArchPro was acquired by Synopsys in 2007.