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ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH) has absorbed the product portfolio of Carbon Design Systems for optimizing system-on-chip (SoC) development. The British semiconductor organization declared that both the assets as well as Carbon’s staff will be moved to ARM. No financial details were released.

By acquiring Carbon’s human resources and the product portfolio that have system models for utilization with virtual prototypes of ARM-based SoCs, ARM has an advantage. This is because the assets could enhance the pace of delivering fresh SoC solution to the market. This is done by virtualizing products earlier and identifying bugs, design issues, and deployment issues before the commencement of production.

Massachusetts-based Carbon supplies cycle accurate virtual prototyping software for system-on-chip architecture. SoC microchips deployed in tiny consumer devices such as tablets and handsets permit multiple functions such as memory and logic control, ADC converters to be integrated on a single circuit. This results in giving the devices the opportunity to be smaller. However, it ramps up the complexity of devices, a main trend in the consumer technology area via wearables as well as mobiles.

Virtual prototypes are made before the expensive need of having a design fabricated in silicon material. It’s a great way eliminate bugs and boost the quality of chip design prior to the design arriving at the foundry for production.

As per ARM, the current era is a post-PC era. Hence, strategic focus on tinier devices whether they are wearables, tablets or handsets will determine the company’s ranking in the technology sphere of the future. The company’s processors are present in the entry as well as high-end devices. They range from Cortex-M low-energy processors, high-resolution ARM Cortex processors, as well as ARM Trustzone hardware for smartphone device security.

In the future, Carbon products will be sold as ARM Cycle Models and sourced from ARM IP Exchange. The British company will retain the practice of providing Carbon solution for the purpose of model generation as well as SoC analysis.

Sources: NASDAQ, zdnet

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