Fujitsu Announces Fast Cycle-for-Cycle ARM CPU Simulator
The design and development of ARM processors could receive a boost with a new ARM core simulator that was announced by Fujitsu.
Fujitsu's simulation technology is based on a JIT compiler that enables hardware designers to run cycle-level simulations of multicore ARM processors that can be executed on a "standard PC" Fujitsu says that the system runs at "more than 100 MHz" and is more than 100 times faster than previous simulators. The margin of error is +/- 5 percent in respect of the actual hardware.
Since ARM cores are widely used for smartphones, tablets and future entry-level PCs, Fujitsu believes that its simulator will result in shorter development cycles as well as a greater variety of ARM-based systems. The company said that it intends to continue its development and make its simulator both faster and more accurate.