ARM has released what it says are cycle-accurate models of ARM processor and system intellectual property (IP) that offers support for industry standard SystemC. ARM Cycle Models, formerly available only for ARM SoC Designer, now feature SystemC environments such as commercial solutions from Cadence and Synopsys. According to the company, this allows partners to begin system design and prototyping earlier using a number of development environments.

ARM Cycle Models have been used successfully in multiple SystemC virtual prototypes including an automotive SoC design featuring an ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M7, and a 5G baseband SoC that incorporates a Cortex-R8. In addition, all future Cycle Models will be released with SystemC support.

ARM Cycle Models provide both pin-level and TLM-2.0 interfaces to enable integration into a variety of environments. ARM's IP Exchange portal will be used to configure and compile future SystemC models, ensuring around-the-clock availability.

Select ARM Cycle Models with SystemC support are available including Cortex-M7, Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R8.