ARM Hard Macros enable vendors to achieve higher levels of innovation and profitability by facilitating device differentiation and highly competitive solutions. ARM Hard Macros are also an attractive choice for designers new to the ARM architecture or those wishing to migrate upwards to Cortex-A from ARM9 and ARM11 based designs.
Tapping into our vast pool of ARM processor, tools and implementation knowledge and experience, ARM Hard Macros provide finely tuned PPA results that are hard to beat using the traditional soft-core implementation strategies for all but the most experienced design teams.
Design Challenges and Industry Trends
Hard Macro Features & Benefits
Increasing SoC Complexity
|Design Simplification |
ARM Hard Macros offer significant design simplification and risk mitigation.
|Time to Market Pressure|
Vendors face massive challenges, with high rewards for early market penetration, but crippling consequences for project delays.
|Fast Time to Market with differentiated products|
ARM Hard Macros offer an assured and verified solution, allowing vendors to focus on key capabilities and differentiation.
|Market Driven PPA Pressures|
Designers face high pressure to hit PPA sweet spots. Getting the PPA balance right requires skill and experience with mixed Vt design, DFT/DFM, power gating etc.
|PPA Assurance & Integrated Design|
ARM Hard Macros offer a highly optimized and assured PPA in an integrated design that includes processor IP, POP, power domains, clock tree insertion, DFM/DFT and more in one package.
|Cost and Risk Barriers |
The high costs and risks associated with adopting new technology or entering new markets does inhibit some vendors.
|Low Cost, Low Risk|
ARM Hard Macros significantly lower the total cost of ownership and design risks offering vendors an easy, low cost, reduced risk route to market success.