System performance analysis at ARM - Enabling our partners to build better systems
Why we do performance analysis Performance analysis is a vital task in modern SoC design. An under-designed SoC may run too slowly to keep up with the demands of the system. An over-designed SoC will consume too much power and require more expensive IP blocks. At ARM we want to help our partners build SoCs that deliver the best performance within their power and area budgets. The simple truth is that this is more difficult as time goes on, for a variety of reasons. Today’s SoCs frequently contain upwards of 200 IP components and integrating them successfully is a challenge in itself. Additionally, IP blocks such as processors, GPUs and interconnects have become incredibly complex and require configuration within a system. Just like working in the pits of a Formula 1 race – it is important to find the right balance in system design, as it can lead to massive gains in performance. ARM Partners design increasingly complex ARM-based systems under ever increasing time constraints. To satisfy this, ARM provides proven IP solutions to enable rapid and effective system integrations across a range of market segments and product levels. It’s important to look at things from a system point of view. The following diagram illustrates some of the aspects that arise for example in a mobile system integration:
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